ALTA - The Alta girls' basketball team came out on a mission and had 15th-ranked Clay Central-Everly on their heels early, but the Mavericks strung together a 15-0 run soon after as they held off the scrappy Cyclones, 66-58.
"I am so proud of this team," said Alta head coach Jeannie Henningsen. "Our girls fought for four quarters against a very good team. We are proud of our year and are very excited about what the future has in store for Alta girls' basketball."
After the CCE run in the first, the Cyclones trailed 19-11. The Mavericks' duo of Jenna Biedenfeld and Laura Brugman combined for 27 first half points as CCE entered the break up 39-25.
The Cyclones fought back in the third however, immediately cutting the deficit to single digits. The two clubs would seesaw back and forth with the margin getting down to as few as six before CCE closed out the win.
Biedenfeld finished the night with 23 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks while Brugman notched 22 and six boards. Carley Fletcher added 11 and eight rebounds.
The Cyclones were held to just 20-63 (32%) shooting on the night and were outrebounded 48-28.
Jordan Henningsen was just above her season average as she scored 21 points to lead Alta Tuesday night. Courtney VanHaaften turned in perhaps her best offensive showing of the year with 16 points and seven rebounds.
"Courtney really had an outstanding game," said Henningsen. "She rebounded well and made some shots to help get us back in the game."
Emily Grieme added eight points, Megan Phipps seven, and Jessy Bibler and Haley Payne scored three to round out the scoring for Alta.
The Alta basketball program must now bid farewell to a trio of seniors in Bibler, Anne Curbow, and Bridget Murillo.
"I can't say enough about our three seniors," said Henningsen. "Jessy, Anne, and Bridget have given us such outstanding leadership this year, and the result was a very good season. Jessy played through a lot of adversity tonight with her sprained ankle and that definitely gave us a spark. She has been a four-year starter and has meant the world to this program. Anne and Bridget both have played their hearts out in every game. The roles that they played don't always show up in the stats, but both will definitely be missed next year."
The Cyclones finish the season with a 11-10 overall mark and a third place finish in the Northwest Conference. #15 Clay Central-Everly (20-3) advances to Friday's semifinal in Moville where they square off with Woodbury Central (15-5).