Golden Bears dig deep to advance
DES MOINES — Late in the third quarter here on Wednesday, Bishop Garrigan’s Audi Crooks looked up at the scoreboard and knew it was time to find another gear.
With 2:23 left in the period, the top-ranked Golden Bears trailed eighth-seeded Springville 31-29 in the Class 1A quarterfinal game inside Wells Fargo Arena.
That’s when Crooks knew it was now or never.
The Golden Bears (24-1 overall) went on an 8-2 run to close the period and never looked back, earning a 48-42 victory to advance to the Class 1A semifinal round.
“I looked up at the scoreboard and realized how much time was left,” Crooks said. “I knew we had to go. If we didn’t do something we were going to run out of time.
“It’s nice to get the first one out of the way and get our confidence going.”
Springville’s Lauren Wilson had 13 points and nine rebounds.
“Springville is an absolutely great team. All four of their losses were to top-five 2A teams,” Schwab said. “They are very good defensively and hit some big shots. They were a good test.”
Bishop Garrigan, who was the 1A runner-up a year ago, outscored the Orioles 19-11 in the final 10-plus minutes to secure the victory.
“We got a couple of hustle plays in that stretch,” Schwab said. “We started to move the ball better. During the game we didn’t reverse the ball well, but we stayed with our gameplan and moved on when we didn’t play the best.”
In the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears out-rebounded Springville 15-10. Sophomore Molly Joyce came up big in the final eight minutes, scoring six of the Golden Bears’ 11 points.
Joyce, an all-tournament selection a year ago, was on the same page as Crooks and knew it was time to get moving.
“Getting our first tournament win couldn’t be any more exciting,” Joyce said. “We played really hard throughout the entire game, although things didn’t seem to be going our way.
“In the third quarter, we realized the level that we needed to play to pull out a win. Once we gained momentum, we knew we had to keep the pace in order to finish the game strong.”
Crooks turned in a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, also recording six blocked shots. She had 15 points in the second half, with 13 coming in the third quarter.
In four state tournament games, Crooks has four double-doubles with 101 points and 55 rebounds.
Last season, Joyce had 39 points in the state tournament. She tallied 13 on Wednesday.
“Our entire year has been leading up to these games and we weren’t ready to let this season go,” Joyce said. “This win really proved that all teams at the state tournament are very talented and we have to play at a high level constantly.”
Kaylyn Meyers, a four-year starter, contributed seven points.
The Golden Bears will now face fourth-seeded Exira-EHK (24-0). The Spartans beat MMCRU 60-55.
Bishop Garrigan and Exira-EHK will play on Friday at 2 p.m.
BISHOP GARRIGAN 48, SPRINGVILLE 42
Bishop Garrigan — Molly Joyce 2-12 8-10 13, Katelyn Meyers 3-9 0-0 7, Gracie Elsbecker 0-1 0-0 0, Reese Rosenmeyer 0-1 1-2 1, Audi Crooks 12-13 1-3 25, Emma Grandgenett 0-0 0-0 0, Anna Berke 0-2 0-0 0, Kelly Baade 0-1 0-0 0, Abbie Capesius 1-4 0-2 2, Meredith Tigges 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-43 10-17 48.
Springville — Grace Matus 1-6 6-6 9, Savannah Nealman 0-3 2-2 2, Lauren Wilson 5-16 3-4 13, Molly Stamp 2-5 0-0 6, Morgan Nachazel 2-12 6, Isabel Guerrero 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah March 3-8 0-0 6. Totals: 13-50 11-12 42.
Quarter scores: BG led 12-5 23-19, 37-33. Three-point goals: Bishop Garrigan 2-17 (Joyce 1-7, Meyers 1-4, Elsbecker 0-1, Rosenmeyer 0-1, Berke 0-1, Baade 0-1, Capesius 0-2); Springville 5-20 (Matus 1-5, Wilson 0-3, Stamp 2-3, Nachazel 2-8, March 0-1); Total rebounds: Bishop Garrigan 39, Springville 29; Total fouls: Bishop Garrigan 17, Springville 17; Turnovers: Bishop Garrigan 24, Springville 21; Steals: Bishop Garrigan 10, Springville 10; Blocks: Bishop Garrigan 6, Springville 0; Assists: Bishop Garrigan 12, Springville 9.