ALTA - The Cyclone girls received their Valentines day treat in the form of a regional playoff victory Saturday night as Jordan Henningsen's 34-point outburst paved the way for the Alta rout, 79-55.
As they did in their last regular season meeting against the Bulldogs, the Cyclones stormed out of the gate, scoring 28 first quarter points to set the tone early. With Aurelia missing starting guard Shaina Thevenin due to illness, the Alta full court press limited the Bulldogs effectiveness all night, coming up with 15 steals.
Henningsen's 34-point night shouldn't come as too much of a surprise considering her success against Aurelia this year, having scored 20 and 27 in their two regular season meetings. The sophomore guard was 14-22 from the field and 3-5 from deep on the night, and she also collected a game-high seven assists.
After dropping 25 on Schaller-Crestland, Emily Grieme continues to shine in the playoffs, scoring 17 on 8-9 shooting to go with 12 rebounds.
Haley Payne was the next highest scoring Cyclone, tallying six points and three assists on the night. Meagan Phipps, Lesa Turnquist, Hayley Randall, and Ashley Syndergaard each added four.
Alta shot the ball extremely well as a team, sinking 36-65(55%) attempts on the night.
The Cyclone girls now gear up for tonight's regional quarterfinal matchup with Clay Central-Everly (19-3). The schools did not meet during regular season play.
The winner advances to Friday night's matchup with either Kingsley-Pierson or Woodburry Central in Moville.