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DES MOINES — A last-second loss took away Cedar Falls’ hopes for a state championship.

An injury to Tra’Von Fagan took away a senior leader.

At the end, the Tigers didn’t have enough left Saturday to stay with Pleasant Valley. The Spartans rolled to a 77-42 victory over Cedar Falls in the Class 4A state tournament consolation game at Wells Fargo Arena.

Roughly 24 hours earlier, Tanner Lohaus’ tip-in at the buzzer lifted Iowa City West past the Tigers in the semifinal round. To make matters even tougher, they had to go Saturday without Fagan, the 6-foot-7 top scorer and rebounder. He hyper-extended a knee in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Trojans.

Without Fagan, Cedar Falls had to face PV, which lost on the final shot of double-overtime to West Des Moines Valley in the other 4A semifinal. But the Spartans’ lineup was intact and included 6-7 returning all-stater Will Carius, who scored 34 Friday. PV also went with 6-5, 6-6 and 6-8 starters.

“It was pretty tough since yesterday, coming off that tough loss,” said sophomore guard A.J. Green. “Everybody was still kind of bummed, and that was difficult because of their size. It was tough to rebound.

“We wanted to come out and battle, but we didn’t get shots to fall.”

Cedar Falls (20-6) went scoreless from the field for a 10-minute, 51-second stretch of the game. Meanwhile, Carius scored 15 of his 34 points in the first half and PV built a 25-8 edge on the boards as the Spartans took a 34-11 halftime lead.

From there, Cedar Falls pressed and ran and tried to climb back into it during the final half, but the closest approach was 17.

That said, the Tigers felt they could take away positives from the fourth-place finish and a successful run to the 4A semifinals.

“The leadership was excellent,” said head coach Ryan Schultz. “We talked about chemistry all year. It’s been fantastic and the kids genuinely love playing with each other. There are a lot of hugs and tears in the lockerroom right now.”

One of the departing seniors looked ahead and saw a lineup that won’t have Fagan or Taylen Alexander, but will feature Green (21 points Saturday), Trey LaBeaux and Isaiah Johnson plus top reserve Ben Gerdes.

“There are some great players,” said Jacob Leisinger, who started in Fagan’s place. “I think they’re a hard-working group and they’re going to be dedicated to getting better and putting a good team out there for the next two, three, four years.”

Pleasant Val. 77, Cedar Falls 42

C. Falls Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Green 28 7-18 3-3 1 1 2 21

LaBeaux 19 0-8 1-2 4 1 1 1

Alexander 18 10-5 0-0 2 2 3 3

Johnson 11 1-4 0-0 3 0 3 2

Leisinger 16 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 2

Harrington 14 1-2 0-0 2 0 1 2

Nickerson 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0

Mozena 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0

Bower 9 1-4 0-0 1 0 2 3

Martinson 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Gearhart 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Watts 6 2-2 0-0 2 0 4 4

Gerdes 10 1-3 0-0 2 0 0 2

Loecher 11 1-1 0-0 2 1 0 2

Team 1

Totals 160 16-52 4-7 22 5 17 52

Pleasant Val. Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Kitzmann 20 1-2 0-0 0 3 2 2

Dayman 18 3-6 2-3 3 0 2 8

W.Carius 29 12-20 7-8 12 3 1 34

Czamecki 24 5-9 1-2 9 1 0 12

Milam 23 3-5 4-6 12 1 1 10

C.Fields 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Duwa 5 0-2 0-0 1 1 0 0

Montgomery 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 3

Jordahl 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2

C.Carius 3 2-3 0-0 0 0 2 5

Showers 3 0-1 0-0 2 0 1 0

Meyer 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0

D.Fields 12 0-1 1-2 0 3 2 1

Mickle 8 0-1 0-0 1 2 0 0

Team 2

Totals 160 28-54 15-21 43 14 14 77

Cedar Falls 10 1 19 12 — 42

Pleasant Valley 20 14 17 26 — 77

3-point goals—Cedar Falls 6-20 (Green 4-10, LaBeaux 0-1, Alexander 1-5, Mozena 0-1, Bower 1-3), Pleasant Valley 6-13 (W. Carius 3-5, Czamecki 1-1, Duwa 0-1, Montgomery 1-2, C. Carius 1-2, D. Fields 0-1, Mickle 0-1). Blocks—Cedar Falls 3 (LaBeaux 2), Pleasant Valley 0. Steals—Cedar Falls 5 (Harrington 2), Pleasant Valley 4 (W. Carius 2).

Officials—Kelley, Knight, Nantulya.

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