Top-ranked Johnston defeats 4th seed Waukee 74-33 in the Class 5A semifinal game, with standout performances from future Division I players Jenica Lewis and Aili Tanke. Johnston's big win sets up a championship rematch with Dowling Catholic, which also secured a spot in the final by beating Cedar Falls. Johnston enters the final with a perfect 24-0 record.

By the Numbers
  • Johnston's Jenica Lewis scored 22 points and Aili Tanke had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds
  • Johnston has won both previous meetings with Dowling Catholic this season, 66-53 and 43-31
  • West Des Moines Dowling Catholic's Ellie Muller scored 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and blocked seven shots in the semifinal win
  • Johnston has played in the last four state championship games and won two titles
State of Play
  • Johnston to face Dowling Catholic in the championship rematch
  • West Des Moines Dowling Catholic secures a spot in the final by defeating Cedar Falls
  • Johnston enters the final with a perfect 24-0 record
  • West Des Moines Dowling Catholic will look to avenge previous losses to Johnston in the final
Bottom Line

A highly anticipated championship rematch between Johnston and Dowling Catholic, two powerhouse high school girls' basketball teams, is set to unfold with both teams aiming for the state title. Johnston's undefeated record adds to the anticipation of an exciting final showdown.