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Top stars, best performances in Iowa high school girls basketball (Feb. 20-25)

Some of the top performances last week in Iowa prep girls basketball
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By Barry Poe 

Here are some stars from the past week's high school girls basketball games across Iowa. 

If you know of a top performance we should include, please let us know. 

Halle Vice, Pleasant Valley

The Marquette University recruit scored 21 points and handed out four assists as the unbeaten Spartans rolled past Dubuque Senior 52-17 in a Class 5A regional final. Pleasant Valley earned a berth in the state tournament.

Aili Tanke, Johnston

Tanke’s double-double helped the defending Class 5A champs return to the state tournament with a 79-51 victory over Sioux City East. The Iowa State recruit finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Sahara Williams, Waterloo West

The University of Oklahoma signee not only scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, she made the game-winning shot with eight seconds left in a dramatic 69-68 Class 5A regional final win over Waukee. Williams, who was 14-for-19 from the field, also had six assists, four steals and two blocked shots.

Ellie Muller, West Des Moines Dowling

Muller, a freshman, had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Maroons past Iowa City West 59-37 in a Class 5A regional final. The 6-1 Muller made all nine of her shots and blocked eight West attempts.

Journey Houston, Davenport North

To get to a matchup with Dowling in the state tournament, North downed Ankeny 65-61 in a 5A regional final. Houston, a sophomore, had 27 points and 12 rebounds, while classmate Divine Bourrage also posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards.

Alyssa Bartlett, Southeast Polk

The sophomore had a strong all-around performance in the Rams’ 71-46 5A regional final triumph over Iowa City Liberty. Bartlett finished with 16 points, nine rebounds (seven offensive) and five assists.

Emma Miner, Dallas Center-Grimes

DC-G secured the No. 1 seed in the 4A state tournament with a 65-36 regional final win over Humboldt. Miner, a senior, contributed 17 points, seven steals, five assists and four rebounds.

Haley Gossman, Decorah

Seniors Gossman and Bryar Duwe each had double-doubles in the Vikings’ 67-61 win over Mason City in a Class 4A regional final. Gossman finished with 21 points and a whopping 18 rebounds, while Duwe had 20 points and 14 caroms.

Kyla Mason, Cedar Rapids Xavier

Xavier gets a chance to defend its 4A state title after downing Western Dubuque 54-46 in regional final. Mason, a senior, scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomore Libby Fandel added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Ava Locklear, Clear Creek-Amana

The junior recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Clippers punched their ticket to the state tournament with a 61-46 4A regional final win over North Scott.

Jenna Hopp, Glenwood

Hopp, who will play at South Dakota State, had a spectacular performance in a 65-45 win over Pella in a 4A regional final. She finished with 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, five blocked shots and three steals.

Haylee Stokes, Estherville-Lincoln Central

The defending Class 3A champs rolled back into the state tournament with an 82-40 victory over Algona. Stokes, a sophomore, had 24 points and nine assists.

Kobi Lietz, Solon

Solon beat Mount Vernon for the third time this season, 58-44 in a 3A regional final. Lietz, a sophomore, hit six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points.

Jenna Twedt, Benton

The Kirkwood Community College signee rained in 33 points, leading the Bobcats to a 53-44 Class 3A regional final win over West Liberty. Twedt hit five 3-pointers and 6 of 8 free throws, helping Benton return to the state tournament.

Abby Hall, Des Moines Christian

Hall tossed in 23 points in the Lions’ 64-38 3A regional final win over Harlan. The junior hit 8 of 11 shots, including three 3-pointers.

Maryn Bixby, Dike-New Hartford

The two-time defending state champs are seeded No. 1 in Class 2A after a 67-28 regional final conquest of Bellevue. Bixby, a junior, hit six 3-point shots and led the Wolverines with 20 points.

Whitney Klyn, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont

The senior had 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots as the unbeaten Rockets reached the state tournament with a 71-65 regional final win over Hudson.

Tyme Boettcher, Panorama

The junior had 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Panthers clipped Treynor 39-38 in a 2A regional final. Boettcher scored the winning bucket with 38 seconds remaining.

Ellen Waller, Aplington-Parkersburg

Waller, a senior, scored 22 points to lead the Falcons past Dyersvlle Beckman 50-38 in a 2A regional final. A-P plays defending champ Dike-New Hartford in the state tournament.

Madison Brouwer, Sibley-Ocheyedan

The senior scored 32 points and snared 12 rebounds, helping the Generals beat Sioux Central 76-57 in a 2A regional final. Brouwer was 12-for-15 from the field and 8 of 13 from the charity stripe.

Audi Crooks, Algona Garrigan

The defending Class 1A state champs breezed back to the state tournament with a 76-51 win over Riceville. Crooks had 30 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Mary Walker, Newell-Fonda

Walker went over 1,000 points for her career with a 21-point performance in the Mustangs’ 76-39 Class 1A reginal final win over AGWSR. Newell-Fonda made state for the sixth consecutive season.

Kamryn Kurt, North Linn

The junior standout contributed 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a 69-40 1A regional final victory over Montezuma.

Melina Oepping, Winfield-Mt. Union

The senior charted 24 points and eight rebounds as the Wolves turned back North Mashaka 52-47 in a 1A regional final. It’s the first state tournament berth for Winfield-Mt. Union since 1998.

Charlie Pryor, Woodbine

Pryor, a sophomore, converted 13 of 14 free throws and tallied 19 points in the Tigers’ 59-42 win over Westwood in a 1A regional final. Woodbine avenged a loss to Westwood in a regular season finale and qualified for its first state tournament since 1974.