O’s turn up the D

(This story will appear in Friday’s Gazette … it’s also posted on iowaprepsports.com) 

Fifty to three.

Yeah, Springville has hit its in postseason stride.

The defending state champion, top-ranked Orioles (22-1) have allowed just 44 points in their first two regional girls’ basketball games. In a 69-15 triumph over Lone Tree on Tuesday, they outscored the Lions, 50-3, through the final three quarters.

“Our defense is really starting to come around,” said Springville Coach Brian O’Donnell. “It’s back to where it was last year at tournament time. I think we’re quicker to the ball, and our post defense has been phenomenal.”

Class 1A and 2A regionals hit the semifinal round Friday. The Orioles meet Keota (13-9) at Cedar Rapids Prairie. Tipoff is 7.

Four area 1A teams and six area 2A squads are still alive. Friday’s survivors will play for state-tournament berths Monday.

O’Donnell feels a strong late-season schedule is paying dividends.

“The last three weeks, we’re seen everything you can see,” he said. “We’ve seen quickness, we’ve seen size. It has helped us a lot.”

Two ranked teams will meet in a 1A showdown at Oelwein: No. 9 Valley Community (20-2) tangles with No. 14 Wapsie Valley (19-5). Wapsie won a regular-season battle, 47-35.

Tri-Rivers Conference foes Maquoketa Valley (17-6) and Cascade (19-3) tangle in a 2A encounter at 8 p.m. at Monticello. Cascade swept the two regular-season games.

The Cougars traditionally play a smothering zone defense, and this year is no exception. They are allowing 29.9 points per game.

“They always have a bunch of 5-9, 5-10 kids with long arms, and that makes it tough,” said Maquoketa Valley Coach Scot Moenck. “We’ll have to knock down shots and get some rebounds. One way to beat a zone is to beat it down the floor.

“There’s no magic remedy. We just have to make shots.”

MFL MarMac (22-1), the top-rated 2A team, hosts Turkey Valley (17-5) in the other 2A Region 7 game. In Region 8, No. 7 Tipton (22-1) hosts Northeast (16-7) while Iowa City Regina (19-4) meets No. 11 Mediapolis (22-1) at West Liberty.





7 Responses to “O’s turn up the D”

  1. DebV Says:

    Just a clarification…The Springville vs Keota game is tomorrow night, but the Oriole men play in an opening round tourney game at Highland Riverside tonight.

  2. jtlinder Says:

    You’re right. I forgot to date it correctly in this copy. It’s fixed now. Thanks.

  3. O’s turn up the D | IowaPrepSports.com Says:

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  4. Gina Says:

    Will you be at the game? Ryan and I have it.

  5. jtlinder Says:

    I was going to do Maquoketa Valley-Cascade until I learned it was an 8 p.m. start. With the forecast and the deadline, I’m gonna do Springville-Keota instead.

  6. DebV Says:

    Cool…we’ll look for you and your mad keyboarding skills! If you see a weirdo in a furry orange hat waving at you, it’s not me……

  7. jtlinder Says:

    I won’t be keyboarding on site tonight. Just covering the game and getting back to the office to write.

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