Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton's inside duo of Sophia Peppers and Kealey Nelson was simply too much for state tournament rookie Sidney.

Peppers scored 22 points, Nelson added 16 and the third-ranked Spartans posted a 58-43 victory to complete the Class 1A quarterfinals on opening day of the 2017 Iowa High School Girls State Basketball Tournament.

The two juniors combined to shoot 16 of 29 from the field, helping Exira/EH-K pile up a 38-24 advantage in points in the paint. Nelson also grabbed 13 rebounds and Peppers pulled down seven.

Sophomore Camryn McClintock scored 14 points for eighth-ranked Sidney, which made its state tournament debut and lost for only the second time in 25 games. Exira/EH-K takes a 24-1 record into a semifinal game at 11:45 a.m. Thursday against Turkey Valley, last year's state runner-up.

Despite the Spartans' dominance inside, Sidney stayed close for much of the game and trailed just 42-37 late in the third quarter.

But Peppers converted a three-point play with 4.2 seconds left in the period and the Spartans ran off the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to make it a 13-0 run. That took the lead to 55-37 and Sidney never recovered.

Exira/EHK, in the tournament for the third straight year, held the Cowgirls scoreless in the fourth quarter until coach Tom Petersen pulled his starters.

Sidney, which has played in the last two state volleyball tournaments, started two sophomores and a freshman, so the Cowgirls' basketball future is bright.

Story Courtesy of IGHSAU



Sidney vs Exira-EHK
02/27/17 3:15 pm at Wells-Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa


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VISITORS: Sidney 23-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
10 Hulsing, Mackenzie.. *  3-11   0-2    0-0    1  2  3   4   6  1  0  1  1  30
11 Ward, Caitlyn....... *  2-2    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   3   4  1  3  0  0  25
21 McClintock, Camryn.. *  5-10   4-7    0-0    3  4  7   1  14  1  4  3  1  29
23 Duncan, Maddy....... *  2-11   0-5    0-0    0  3  3   0   4  3  3  0  1  28
32 Phillips, Maryn..... *  4-12   0-0    1-2    4  3  7   2   9  0  1  1  1  24
12 Larsen, Olivia......    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
13 Laumann, Danica.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
14 Lang, Liz...........    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
20 Moores, Madi........    2-3    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   0   4  0  3  0  3  11
22 Strickler, Lindie...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   3
24 Whipple, Kennedee...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
25 Daffer, Jaden.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
30 Welch, Emily........    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                            3  3
   Totals..............   19-55   4-15   1-2   12 22 34  11  43  7 15  5  7 160

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-28 32.1%   2nd Half: 10-27 37.0%   Game: 34.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-7  14.3%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 26.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half:  0-0   0.0%   Game: 50.0%    0


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HOME TEAM: Exira-EHK 24-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Schultes, Sadie..... *  1-7    0-2    0-0    1  2  3   0   2  0  0  0  0  23
20 Rasmussen, Maggie... *  3-6    1-3    0-0    1  3  4   2   7  1  2  0  1  28
22 Burmeister, Mara.... *  3-5    2-3    0-1    2  1  3   3   8  0  3  0  0  27
30 Nelson, Kealey...... *  6-12   0-0    4-4    5  8 13   1  16  3  1  0  2  27
40 Peppers, Sophia..... * 10-17   0-2    2-4    3  4  7   1  22  4  2  1  4  28
10 Anthofer, Jacey.....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
14 Walker, Rachel......    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   3  1  0  0  0   7
24 Petersen, Alex......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
32 Schultes, Ellie.....    0-4    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  1  3  1  0   9
34 Hansen, Lauren......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
42 Caniglia, Leslie....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
44 Greving, Grace......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
50 Peterson, Damian....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
52 Waymire, Kamryn.....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   24-56   4-15   6-9   12 24 36   7  58 10 11  2  7 160

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-34 47.1%   2nd Half:  8-22 36.4%   Game: 42.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  3-9  33.3%   Game: 26.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half:  4-6  66.7%   Game: 66.7%   1,1


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Officials: Rich Collison, Chad Slagle, Jared Rahe
Technical fouls: Sidney-None. Exira-EHK-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd  3rd  4th   Total
Sidney........................   14    6   17    6  -   43
Exira-EHK.....................   16   19   10   13  -   58

Points in the paint-SIDNEY 24,E-EHK 38. Points off turnovers-SIDNEY 4,E-EHK 14.
2nd chance points-SIDNEY 10,E-EHK 16. Fast break points-SIDNEY 2,E-EHK 7.
Bench points-SIDNEY 6,E-EHK 3. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-4 times.
Last FG-SIDNEY 4th-00:35, E-EHK 4th-00:44.
Largest lead-SIDNEY by 1 1st-04:56, E-EHK by 18 4th-04:01.
SIDNEY led for 00:28. E-EHK led for 31:16. Game  was tied for 00:16.