What we learned over the weekend

It’s always difficult to get a read on how good small schools are at girls’ basketball. They can run up a big record against their conference opponents, but you just don’t know until they play “the big girls.”

We learned Saturday that MFL MarMac is awfully good. The Bulldogs led Cedar Rapids Jefferson pretty much from start to finish in a 56-41 win at Monona.

That strengthens their status as the top-ranked team in Class 2A.

We have learned that there is a sharp break in the Wamac West after four teams (Marion, Vinton-Shellsburg, Benton Community and Williamsburg) in the Cedar Valley Conference after four teams (Tipton, West Branch, Iowa City Regina and Mid-Prairie) and in the Northeast Iowa Conference after three (Decorah, Waukon and Crestwood are undefeated).

We still don’t know who the primary challenger is to Springville in the Tri-Rivers Conference. At first, we thought Maquoketa Valley. The Wildcats lost to Cascade. The Cougars then lost to Monticello, which lost to Edgewood-Colesburg, which lost to Starmont. Six Tri-Rivers teams are good. But only one is Springville.

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2 Responses to “What we learned over the weekend”

  1. Gina Says:

    Thoughts on Sigourney?

  2. jtlinder Says:

    It’s so hard to tell because they’re locked into playing a 20-game SICL schedule. Thus, they’re not getting big-time competition.

    Sigourney’s good, no doubt about that. I hesitate to say they’re great. If they’re great, they should be beating Tri-County and Montezuma by wider margins than 11 and 13.

    I like that they’re playing Knoxville, a good 3A team, in late January.

    I’ll project them at 19-2, maybe 20-1. A lot depends on who they play in the postseason. They’ll probably have to run into somebody like Pella Christian (if they go west) or Tipton (if they go east). If so, they’ll have their hands full.

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