The Valley High School varsity girls’ basketball team defeated Cedar Rapids Washington 76-62 in its regional final on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and qualified for the Class 5A Iowa high school girls’ state basketball tournament.
Valley is the No. 5 seed and will face fourth-seeded Iowa City High at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.
Six other teams from the Central Iowa Metropolitan League also qualified for the 5A tournament: No. 1 Johnston, No. 2 Waukee, No. 3 Southeast Polk, No. 6 Ankeny Centennial, No. 7 Dowling Catholic, and No. 8 Urbandale.
Valley state tournament short-sleeved ($8) and long-sleeved ($13) shirts are available for purchase until 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Adult and youth sizes are available. Orders will be delivered to the high school over the weekend. View the online store
The state tournament runs Feb. 25 to March 1 and is played at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Tickets cost $10 per session, and all spectators (kindergarten and older) must purchase a ticket, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union says. Any Valley High School student who wants to attend state tournament games will need a parent letter or call Valley’s main office in order to be excused.
For those who are unable to attend Monday’s quarterfinal, you can watch the action live below:
Additionally at the state tournament, Valley assistant girls’ basketball coach Kelli Moore will be honored as the 2019 Character Counts Coach of the Year at halftime of the 3A title game on March 1. The award is presented jointly by IGHSAU, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, and the Iowa Sports Foundation (Iowa Games).
Tremendous performance by our Tigers 🐯 🏀 to punch their 3rd straight 🎟 to the IOWA STATE TOURNAMENT! We’re proud of our entire TEAM of players, coaches and fans! See you Monday at 11:45, as we take on Iowa City High. #WellsBound pic.twitter.com/CUlkQZKJOt— VHS Girls Basketball 🐯🏀 (@ValleyGirlsBB) February 20, 2019
About The Tigers This Year
Valley (17-5), which won the 5A crown in 2017 and is making its third straight state tournament appearance, is led this season by senior standout Zoe Young. Young, a Maryland commit, is averaging 23.4 points per game — second-best in all of 5A — on 56 percent shooting from the field. Earlier this season, she became the program’s all-time leader in assists and points scored.
Senior Shea Fuller as well as juniors Alex Honnold and Grace Plummer are also key contributors for the Tigers this season. Fuller, who has signed with Minnesota State—Mankato, is averaging nearly 13 points per game. Earlier this year, Fuller joined the 1,000 points scored club.
Honnold is averaging about 11 points and Plummer at eight. Honnold is the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing about eight each time out.
As a team, the Tigers have averaged almost 72 points per game. They are shooting nearly 48 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point territory, and almost 63 percent from the charity stripe.
Best of luck at state, Valley girls’ basketball players and coaches!
- February 19, 2019