Cougars shoot past Indians in regional semifinal

AGWSR’s Taryan Barrick shoots over Clarksville’s Janet Borchardt right under the basket during the first half of Friday’s Class 1A regional semifinal at Ackley. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

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The AGWSR girls basketball team defeated Lynnville-Sully 53-45 on Monday night to advance to the Class 1A state basketball tournament. Their opponent is Exira/EHK on Wednesday, Feb. 28.


ACKLEY – When Class 1A eighth-ranked AGWSR opened with a 9-0 run to start this regional semifinal game against Clarksville, it was hard not to think the game was already decided.

The Indians responded with an 8-0 run of their own to trail only by one by the end of the second quarter.

However, the Cougars responded with a 15-5 second quarter and then opened the second half with three straight three-pointers, alternately between Mandy Willems and Aubrie Fisher, to then break it wide open in the eventual 55-28 AGWSR victory.

“Willems and Fisher are two of the best shooters in the state,” Clarksville coach Ross Timmermans said...

The full story appears in the Feb. 21 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.