Class 4A Girls State Basketball Preview
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
Tuesday, Feb. 26 , 3:15 p.m.
Head Coach: Adam Mich, 11th year, 147-103
Assistant Coach: Adam Burns
School Colors: Purple and Gold
Conference: Hawkeye 10 (10-0, first place)
Overall Record: 20-2
Losses: Carroll High, 54-53; Glenwood, 73-68 (OT)
Regional Final: Beat Glenwood, 73-63
Win Streak: 2 games
State Tournament Appearances: Denison, 4 (1921-6-Player, 1986-6-Player, 1987-6-Player, 1994-3A); Denison-Schleswig, 7 (1996-4A, 1997-4A, 1998-4A, 2001-3A, 2004-3A, 2005-3A; 2019-4A); Schleswig, 1 (1961-6-Player)
Points Per Game: 57.5
Points Allowed Per Game: 41.8
Three-Pointers: 80-237 (33.8 percent)
Free Throws: 222-376 (59 percent)
Rebounds: 752 (216 off, 536 def) 34.2 p/g
Turnovers: 262 (11.9 p/g)
Scoring Leaders: 5-10 Junior Paige Andersen, 13.4; 5-11 Senior Sarah Heilesen, 13.0; 6-0 Sophomore Hannah Neemann, 12.3; 5-3 Senior Alex Mohr, 10.0
Top Three-Point Shooters: Mohr, 24-71; Paige Andersen, 14-40
Rebound Leaders: Paige Andersen, 7.4; Neemann, 7.3; Heilesen, 5.8
Assists Leaders: Mohr, 115; Senior Raegan Andersen, 60
Steals Leaders: Mohr, 60; Heilesen, 26; Raegan Andersen, 23
Denison-Schleswig returns to the state tournament for the first time since 2005 when the Monarchs qualified in Class 3A. D-S won the Hawkeye 10 Conference championship with a perfect 10-0 record and set a school record with 16-game win streak during the season.
Mohr’s 115 assists is tied for second in 4A going into the state tournament.
Comments from Mich:
North Scott has a strong tradition of qualifying for the state tournament. They didn’t make it last year, but won it all two years ago.
The Bofelli girl inside is the real deal. She has the ability to go right and left and can knock down the jump shot from 12-to-15 feet. Usually you can play a girl to go one way or the other, but she can both ways with a lot of success.
She will by far be the best post player we’ll face all year.
Bofelli has only 10 blocks on the year, so one of our goals will be to try and take the ball right at her and get our inside game going. We will have to develop an inside presence.
The Case girl can score. She’s not a great shooter, but she has 105 assists and does a great job of driving to the basket and dishing. We’ll definitely have to account for her.
North Scott isn’t very deep, but from what I seen on tape, they’ve had about eight or nine different starting lineups.
Offensively, they run a lot of four and five-outs trying to isolate Bofelli inside.
Defensively, they don’t trap a lot, but play good man-to-man in the half court. They will do a 1-3-1 half-court press and a 1-2-2 full-court press. We’ll have to be ready for that.
The atmosphere at Wells Fargo Arena is completely different than what these girls are used to. We’re hoping to use our experience playing at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City earlier this season to our advantage. We played well there against Sioux City West, so hopefully we can carry that over.
The girls were excited to qualify for state but I don’t think they’re just satisfied to get there. We want to make some noise and show that we belong there. Honestly, I feel pretty good with our matchup against North Scott. Of all the teams that qualified for state, I like our draw with North Scott because I feel we match up with them pretty well.
I’m sure the girls will be a little nervous, but you can’t blame them. Hopefully, we get the nerves out quick and settle into playing the way we’re capable of. If we can do that, I’m pretty confident that we’ll have an opportunity to be in the game at the end.
The girls will play hard, battle, and leave it all on the court. That I know for sure. As a coach, that’s all I can ask for.
Head Coach: TJ Case
School Colors: Scarlet and Silver
Conference: Mississippi Athletic (15-2, second place to
Pleasant Valley, 17-0)
Overall record: 19-3
Losses: Twice to Pleasant Valley, 42-38 and 63-50; Rock Ialand, 53-40
Regional Final: Beat Keokuk, 61-23
Win Streak: 5 games
Class 4A State Appearances: 7 (1985, 1986- state runnerup, 1987- state runnerup, 2003, 2014, 2017- state champions, 2019) 5-5 record
Points Per Game: 57.8
Points Allowed Per Game: 35.5
Three-Pointers: 139-401 (34.7 percent)
Free Throws: 219-326 (67.2 percent)
Rebounds: 677 (264 off, 413 def) 30.8 p/g
Turnovers: 233 (10.6 p/g)
Scoring Leaders: 6-2 Junior Grace Boffeli, 17.6; 5-4 Junior Presley Case, 10.9; 5-7 Senior Rylie Rucker, 8-0; 5-7 Senior Chloe Engelkes, 7.9
Top Three-Point Shooters: Case, 33-122; Sophomore Samantha Scott, 30-65; Engelkes, 29-78
Rebound Leaders: Bofelli, 11.1; Case, 4.1
Assists Leaders: Case, 105; Rucker, 55
Steals Leaders: Case, 81; Engelkes, 40
North Scott last made a state tournament appearance in 2017 and the Lancers won the 4A state title with a 50-42 victory in overtime against Marion.
Boffeli and Case are two of the top players in 4A and actually were freshmen starters on North Scott’s championship team in 2017.
Boffeli’s 17.6 points per game is tied for 11th in 4A and 11.1 rebounds is fourth. Case has 105 assists that’s fifth in 4A and 81 steals, good for second.