Lancers claim crown
DES MOINES — North Scott Coach TJ Case admitted after losing to Marion in last year’s regional final that the two teams should have played each other in the state tournament.
Case got his wish, and it was on the biggest stage in Class 4A.
Marion gave the Lancers a hard-nosed battle that went to overtime, but the Lancers held the Indians without a field goal in the extra frame, 52-40.
Marion shot six field goal attempts in the final frame, and its only point came on a free throw from Indians guard Chloe Rice halfway through the period.
In fact, the final made field goal for the Indians came with 3:51 left on a layup from Mia Laube.
“It was very big for us to get a stop,” Lancers freshman Grace Boffeli said. “We knew that they were going to shoot 3s, and they’re really good. We knew a couple girls shot a lot of 3s and stop those. It was really important for us to have good defense.”
Marion made five 3-pointers, including three from Kayba Laube. Laube made two early deep shots to give Marion an early six-point lead.
The Lancers’ defense was holding steady, and so was their free-throw shooting. North Scott made nine out of 10 free throws, and Boffeli and Presley Case, who are both freshman, shot a combined 9 of 10 in the win.
Boffeli had seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Rucker sisters, Karli and Rylie, were named to the Class 4A All-Tournament team. In fact, Karli Rucker was bestowed with the All-Tournament captain honor.
Karli Rucker scored 24 points in the win to cap off her career. Rucker made eight of the Lancers’ 15 total field goals.
“It’s the best way to go out,” Rucker said. “Winning the last game is just great. I hope we can wake up tomorrow (and hopefully it’ll sink in).”