The Sioux Center girls basketball team led wire to wire, as they punched their ticket to the state tournament for the third straight year, defeating South Central Calhoun 73-43 in a Class 3A Region Final played Saturday night in Sioux Rapids.
The defending state runner-ups scored the first 13 points of the game, while holding South Central Calhoun scoreless until the 2:14 mark of the 1st quarter. Sioux Center led 19-4 after the first frame, and went into the halftime break with a 38-24 advantage, although the Titans gained some momentum when Jessica Hicks canned a three-pointer at the buzzer.
South Central Calhoun opened the 3rd quarter on a 9-5 run to cut the deficit to ten points, but could get no closer, as Sioux Center answered with a 24-7 run.
Heidi Hammen led the Titans offensively with 12 points, while Hicks and Maddie Jones each scored eight. Lexi Toering turned in a game-high 23 points to lead the Warriors.
With the win, Sioux Center improves to 22-2, and advances to the state quarterfinal round at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, where they will match up against Red Oak (21-2) on Tuesday, February 27th at 5pm.
South Central Calhoun closes at 22-2, and graduates four seniors, including Hicks, Hannah Seil, Mikayla Schultz, and Serena Smith.