Waukee holds off Ankeny Centennial, beating them for the third time this season, with a 46-44 victory at the Iowa Girls State Tournament. The game came down to the final seconds, illustrating a challenging battle between the 4th and 5th seeds. Waukee led by 10 points at one stage, and Ankeny Centennial made a comeback, but ultimately fell short.

By the Numbers
  • Waukee won their previous two meetings with Ankeny Centennial by 14 and 7 points.
  • Waukee's Sophia Hope scored 9 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and had 2 blocked shots.
  • Ankeny Centennial's Jaeden Pratt, an Illinois State signee, scored 22 points, making 7 of 17 field goals and 8 points from free throws.
  • Waukee outrebounded Centennial 33-26 and shot 45.7% from the field.
State of Play
  • Waukee secured a hard-fought win despite a scoring drought in the final period.
  • Centennial's coach, Scott DeJong, commended the efforts of his team, emphasizing the competitiveness of Jaeden Pratt.
  • Johnston, ranked 19th nationally, dominated their game, advancing to face Waukee in the semifinals.
Bottom Line

Waukee's victory over Ankeny Centennial for the third time this season, despite a close game, demonstrates their resilience and ability to secure crucial wins under pressure, propelling them to the semifinals.