North Union bows out in triple overtime

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla North Union players (left to right) Chloe Lofstrom, Samantha Hagedorn, Breanna Anderson and Brooklyn Prochniak react to their triple-overtime loss in the Class 2A state semifinals at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday. For more photos, please visit

DES MOINES — North Union’s magical run ended in heartbreaking fashion here on Friday.

The 10th-ranked Warriors were unable to keep the magic alive and reach the Class 2A championship round for the first time in school history, falling to No. 6 Cascade by a final of 62-53 in a thrilling triple-overtime semifinal.

After securing a stunning win in the regional final and following that up with an upset of Panorama in the quarterfinals, North Union (22-3) had no answer for the Cougars (24-3) in the third extra session.

The Cougars overcame 11 missed free throws, outscoring the Warriors in the final extra period, 12-3. Nicole McDermott scored 16 points, with Jordan Simon adding 14 and 11 rebounds.

“(Cascade) did a nice job of making adjustments,” North Union head coach Dr. Merle Tigges said. “They changed the momentum (in the second half). We pushed it into overtime, but we just couldn’t get enough buckets (in the end).”

For North Union, Hallie Reese, Chloe Lofstrom and Samantha Hagedorn all scored 13 points. Lofstrom, the hero in the quarterfinals, also had 13 rebounds.

After scoring 29 points in the first half, the Warriors managed just 24 the remainder of the way.

“No one expected us to be down here,” Hagedorn said. “We wanted to get as far as we could. At the end of the game, they hit a few big shots and we couldn’t convert.”

The game was the first multiple-overtime contest at state since 2004 when English Valleys downed Hinton, 41-38 in double OT. The last three extra periods is the most since Ankeny bested Waterloo West in five overtimes in 1997.

The Warriors controlled the first 16 minutes, outscoring Cascade 12-6 inside the paint in building a 29-18 lead. They also held a 23-15 advantage on the glass, including seven offensive rebounds.

“This week at state will be something I will always remember,” Lofstrom said. “I’m very thankful to get this experience as a sophomore. I was very honored to be part of the team with our amazing seniors over the past two years and I appreciate everything they have done to make me a better player.”

Cascade used its height to block 12 shots, including four by Simon and three each from McDermott and Abby Welter, who had a double-double of her own with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cougars reached the state semifinals a year ago before falling to Treynor, and are seeking their first-ever championship.

“Cascade turned it up a notch,” Tigges said. “They are a super-athletic team … a very good team. We hung on as long as we could.”

North Union’s biggest lead was 12 late in the first half, as they led for almost 26 minutes of game action. Lofstrom, who averaged a double-double in her two tourney games, forced the third and final OT on a turnaround bucket with 15 seconds left.

“(This experience) will help us for next year because we know what’s possible when you put in hard work and you have the dedication,” Lofstrom said. “I still think that we have unfinished business at state.”

This marked the final game for Warrior seniors Kate Anderson, Chelsey Glatz, Skyler Morphew, Reese, Breanna Anderson and Hagedorn. The unit was part of 72 wins over the past four years, including the first state appearance as a consolidated school.

Cascade will now take on Grundy Center, which upset top-seeded and No. 2 Treynor in the other semifinal, 42-39. Grundy Center, which starts five juniors, won its first state title in 2005.


Cascade — Nicole McDermott 8-19 0-2 16, Annie Ryan 2-10 4-7 10, Jordan Simon 4-15 3-4 14, Rachel Trumm 5-12 0-0 10, Abby Welter 3-5 2-6 11, Skylar Dolphin 0-3 0-0 0, Zoe Ryan 0-0 1-2 1, Morgan McMullen 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Hannan 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Gehl 0-0 2-2 2, Robyn Takes 0-0 0-0 0, Mae Felton 0-0 0-0 0, Molly McElmeel 0-0 0-0 0, Jess Hofman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-64 12-23 62.

North Union — Kate Anderson 1-8 0-0 3, Hallie Reese 6-15 1-2 13, Chloe Lofstrom 6-12 1-3 13, Breanna Anderson 3-8 0-0 8, Samantha Hagedorn 5-17 0-0 13, Victoria Laubenthal 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Tirevold 0-0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Prochniak 0-0 0-0 0, Hope Steinberger 0-1 0-0 0, Rory McClellan 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 22-64 2-5 53.

Quarter scores: North Union led 17-12, 29-18, 40-34, Tied 44-44, Tied 48-48, Tied 50-50. Three-point goals: Cascade 6-26 (McDermott 0-5, Ryan 2-9, Simon 3-9, Trumm 0-1, Welter 1-1, Dolphin 0-1); North Union 7-25 (K. Anderson 1-6, B. Anderson 2-7, Hagedorn 3-10, McClellan 1-1). Rebounds: Cascade 46, North Union 44. Steals: Cascade 10, North Union 5. Blocked shots: Cascade 12, North Union 1. Assists: Cascade 7, North Union 13. Turnovers: Cascade 6, North Union 11. Fouls: Cascade 8, North Union 21.