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DES MOINES — In March, unlikely stars are born.

Saturday was Crestwood of Cresco senior guard Brynn Bodermann’s time to shine.

With second-ranked Sioux Center determined to keep the top-ranked Cadets’ go-to players Shannon Pisney and Sharon Goodman in check, the Warriors challenged Bodermann to beat them.

Challenged accepted.

Bodermann had 16 first-half points and 26 for the game as Crestwood claimed its first girls’ state basketball championship with a 73-48 victory over Sioux Center in the Class 3A championship game at Wells Fargo Arena.

“You shoot when you are open, that was my job tonight,” Bodermann said with a huge smile. “Coach (Doug Sickles) always says if they leave you open, shoot the ball, beat them and he trusted me to make them and I kept making them.”

Bodermann finished 9 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, as the Cadets took control early in the first half and cruised to victory, capping a perfect 26-0 season.

The monster game came two days after Bodermann was 1-for-8 and 0-for-5 from the 3-point line in the Cadets’ semifinal win over North Polk.

“She stepped up huge,” said Pisney, who had 16 points in the final and 55 for the tournament. “She was crazy good. If they are going to try to take away myself, Sharon (Goodman), and Ellie (Friesen), we are going to need somebody to knock down shots and she knocked down huge shots.”

After a slow start, Crestwood got clicking and stayed clicking in the first half. With Sioux Center determined to double-team Goodman inside, the Warriors chose to leave Bodermann, a 5-foot-6 senior guard who averaged 5.8 points per game during the regular season, open.

That proved to be a mistake. Bodermann made four of five 3-pointers in the first half. Goodman ended up with 14 in the first half, anyway, and Pisney nine as the Cadets led 42-27 at the break.

“You understand why (teams) do it,” Sickles said of Sioux Center’s game plan. “They are willing to give up an 18- to-20 foot shot instead of a 3-foot shot to Sharon (Goodman). They rolled the dice there, and Brynn is a senior leader and stepped up today and played a big role.”

A pair of Lexi Toering free throws with 4:12 left in the third pulled Sioux Center within 47-35, but the Cadets responded with a 7-0 run, starting with a Bodermann baseline jumper. By the end of the third, the margin was 61-38.

The Cadets slowed down the tempo in the fourth and back-to-back 3-pointers by Bodermann and Ellie Friesen made it 69-44. The final five minutes were just one long coronation for the Spartans.

The 6-foot-2 Goodman, the only non-senior in the starting lineup, finished with 20 points, while Friesen finished with nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Her sister, Emily, had 10 assists, giving the Friesen siblings 19 assists in the game.

The Cadets assisted on 22 of the team’s 27 baskets while shooting 52.9 percent from the field, including 11 of 20 from 3-point range. In addition, Crestwood out-rebounded Sioux Center, 37-20.

“It truly was the perfect season,” Friesen said. “It is crazy that it is over but I wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way or with any other group of girls.”

Pisney, Goodman and Ellie Friesen were all named to the all-tournament team, with Friesen named captain after her all-class state tournament record 37 assists.

“Tell you what, yesterday was our last practice and for five seniors, kids normally don’t know when their last practice will be,” Sickles said. “But yesterday was an emotional practice for us because those kids said this is our last practice together.

“You could just tell how much they care about each other and they were going to miss those times. I think that is what separated us from other people.”

Crestwood 73, Sioux Center 48

SIOUX CENTER (24-3) — Victoria Rensink 1-6 0-0 3, Jordyn Van Mannen 1-7 2-2 5, Camryn Cleveringa 0-2 0-0 0, Shayla Post 1-5 0-0 2, Lexi Toering 6-8 7-9 19, Sydney Gesink 0-0 1-2 1, Alyssa Mulder 5-11 0-0 14, Dana Den Herder 1-3 0-0 3, Hope Arends 0-1 0-0 0, Ellie Schley 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Belt 0-0 0-0 0, Mandy Sitzmann 0-3 0-0 0, Aftyn Vermeer 0-0 0-0 0, Kacy Hulshof 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-46 10-13 48.

CRESTWOOD (26-0) — Emily Friesen 0-3 0-0 0, Shannon Pisney 5-11 4-4 16, Brynn Bodermann 9-14 2-2 26, Ellie Friesen 3-6 0-0 9, Sharon Goodman 9-14 2-3 20, Taylor Shelton 0-2 0-0 0, Laken Lienhard 1-1 0-0 2, Kennedy Gaul 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Annie Mast 0-0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Ferrie 0-0 0-0 0, Samantha Balk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 8-9 73.

Sioux Center 8 19 11 10 — 48

Crestwood 20 22 19 12 — 73

3-point goals — Sioux Center 8-27 (Rensink 1-5, Mannen 1-5, Cleveringa 0-1, Post 1-4, Mulder 4-7, Den Herder 1-2, Arends 0-1, Sitzmann 0-2). Crestwood 11-20 (Em. Friesen 0-3, Pisney 2-2, Bordermann 6-9, El. Friesen 3-5, Shelton 0-1). Rebounds — Sioux Center 20 (Toering 6). Crestwood 37 (Pisney 9, El. Friesen 9). Assists — Sioux Center 13 (Mannen 6). Crestwood 22 (Em. Friesen 10). Turnovers — Sioux Center 6 (Post 2). Crestwood 7 (El. Friesen 5). Total fouls — Sioux Center 15, Crestwood 10. Fouled out — none.


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