DES MOINES — There was no restart button for IKM-Manning's players, coaches and fans to press Tuesday.
If there was, the Wolves would have used it. Beginning with an early-morning snowstorm that prevented most of their fans from seeing the opening tip and continuing through 32 minutes of frustration, nothing went right for IKM-Manning.
Fourteenth-rated Maquoketa Valley turned in a nearly flawless performance, upsetting the third-rated Wolves 65-57 in a Class 2-A girls state basketball quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena.
“I didn't feel like we got a break anywhere,” IKM-Manning coach Gene Rasmussen said. “They were able to knock down those outside shots that they don't usually knock down. They got to the free-throw line and we didn't. Those were some big keys.”
Maquoketa Valley (20-5) advanced to Thursday's 1:30 p.m. semifinal against No. 2 Lawton-Bronson (25-1). The Wolves, making their fourth state appearance in five years, ended at 23-2.
Rasmussen's squad makes its living by cranking up the speed of the game and eventually getting its opponents to wilt, whether by turnovers or cold shooting or both. On Tuesday, the Wildcats put the ball in the basket the first nine times they shot — on three 3-pointers and six straight free throws. That set the tone for the game.
“We feel like we really beat an excellent team,” Maquoketa Valley coach Scott Moenck said. “Our girls did do a good job of paying attention to detail with the scouting report.”
The Wildcats handled IKM-Manning's pressure well. And when they beat it, they got the Wolves out of position, often forcing them to foul. IKM-Manning committed 27 fouls, leading to 45 free throws, and Maquoketa Valley made 34 (75.6 percent). That created a statistical oddity in which the Wolves took 37 more field-goal attempts (61 to 24) but lost by eight.
“We bailed them out a lot on their driving,” IKM-Manning's Kaylee Blake said. “They knocked down their free throws like a good team should. We never really got into our rhythm.”
That was particularly true of Blake, a 6-foot-1 senior who entered with averages of 18 points and 6.9 rebounds. She picked up her third foul at the 6:20 mark of the second quarter and sat the rest of the half. Her fourth came with 6:46 left in the third and sent her to the bench again for the rest of the period. Blake finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, but she played just 18 minutes.
When Blake went to the bench in the second quarter, reserves Jody Hagedorn and Jez Schechinger helped pick up the slack. The Wolves trailed 31-25 at the break after being down by 10.
When Blake picked up her fourth, she had just scored to cut the deficit to 33-30. After she left, Maquoketa Valley outscored the Wolves 14-1 the rest of the stanza to lead 47-31 entering the fourth.
“I thought we could rattle them a little more than we did,” Rasmussen said. “Give them a lot of credit.”
IKM-Manning kept battling. It trimmed an 18-point deficit to 53-44 with 3:41 left, and then the Wildcats missed the front end of a one-and-one. But the Wolves missed on the other end and failed to get closer than eight the rest of the way.
A 27-percent 3-point shooting team, Maquoketa Valley made 5 of 9 from long range, including 4 of 6 in the first half. Rasmussen said he didn't foresee that type of marksmanship.
“Especially coming down here, with the depth perception,” he said.
The Wolves graduated four seniors: Blake, fellow starters Sarah Schlichte (who added 10 points) and Kenzie Cast, and top reserve Hagedorn.
“It's hard, especially being my senior year,” a red-eyed Blake said. “Of course we wanted to be in that championship game, but they played a good game, so props to them.”
Rasmussen said the seniors have plenty to be proud of.
“They had a great season and career, being able to come down here three times,” he said. “A lot of girls would do anything to be down here one time.”
Maquoketa Valley (20-5).....................19 12 16 18 — 65
IKM-Manning (23-2)........................13 12 6 26 — 57
MV: Ashley Holtz 0-0 2-3 2, Renee Huber 3-5 11-14 17, Heidi Hoeger 2-3 7-12 11, Nicole Kudrna 2-3 4-4 8, Brooke Wooten 4-9 8-8 19, Bailey Whittenbaugh 0-1 0-0 0, Heather Sabers 0-0 0-0 0, Anna Jay 2-3 2-2 8, Annie Fjelstul 0-0 0-0 0, Kate Huber 0-0 0-0 0, Abby Jay 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 13-24 34-45 65.
IKMM: Kenzie Cast 2-6 0-0 5, Sarah Schlichte 4-6 0-0 10, Kali Rasmussen 3-10 0-0 8, Morgan Muhlbauer 3-8 1-4 7, Kaylee Blake 7-17 2-3 16, Andy Nulle 1-1 0-0 3, Jez Schechinger 0-4 2-2 2, Carley Irlmeier 0-0 0-0 0, Miranda Hansen 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Juhl 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Chapman 0-0 0-0 0, Jody Hagedorn 2-9 2-5 6. Totals: 22-61 7-14 57.
3-point goals: MV 5-9 (Wooten 3-5, Jay 2-3, Huber 0-1), IKMM 6-19 (Schlichte 2-2, Rasmussen 2-9, Nulle 1-1, Cast 1-3, Blake 0-1, Muhlbauer 0-3). Total fouls: MV 13, IKMM 27. Fouled out: Schlichte, Muhlbauer. Technical fouls: none. Rebounds: MV 27 (Wooten 9), IKMM 33 (Blake 9). Assists: MV 9 (Holtz 3, Huber 3), IKMM 11 (Rasmussen 4). Steals: MV 9 (Jay 3), IKMM 10 (Hagedorn 4). Turnovers: MV 17, IKMM 16.
Contact the writer:
402-444-1055, firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter.com/KWhiteOWH