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Heartbreak

CCA girls’ first state tourney trip ends in quarterfinals loss to No. 1 N. Scott
The Clear Creek Amana varsity girls basketball teams poses with the Class 4A state quarterfinalist trophy after a 63-43 loss to No. 1 North Scott on Tuesday, March 3, at the Wells Fargo Arena, in Des Moines. Behind them is a massive outpouring of family and fans decked out in Clipper Blue for CCA’s first-ever girls state tournament appearance.

DES MOINES– You could just about hear the hearts break…
As the final seconds of a Class 4A state tournament quarterfinal game against No. 1 North Scott ticked off the game clock, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Karsyn Stratton sat on the bench, silent and staring straight ahead toward the jam-packed CCA student section with tears welling in her eyes. The best season in CCA girls’ basketball history was coming to an end.
The North Scott Lancers dominated the Clippers from the start and cruised to a 63-43 win over the eighth-ranked Creek Girls, holding Stratton, who averaged 21 points per game throughout the season, to eight points. The Lancers charged to a 25-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and led, 36-17, at halftime. Stratton and fellow four-year starter Meagan Harvey led the Clippers running back onto the floor for the second half, but despite a 12-point effort, the ladies in blue still trailed, 53-29, going into the final period.
Harvey led CCA with 14 points, including four three-point baskets, while senior Grace Boffeli led the Lancers with a game-high 28 points.
It was a historic season for the Creek Girls, who lose Stratton, Harvey, Allison Rummelhart, Gracie Downes, Ainsley Schrock and Victoria Ciha to graduation in May. The Clippers posted their best record (19-5) in program history, won their first WaMaC championship tying with Center Point-Urbana, and earned their first girls state basketball tournament appearance.
“It was a dream season that will go down as the best in history and that’s a good feeling to have,” said Stratton. “I feel really grateful for the ride. We would have obviously liked to move on a little further, but getting here was obviously a dream.”
Stratton made history when she hit 1,500 points and 500 rebounds during the regular season.
The Lancers remained undefeated at 24-0 and knocked out No. 4 Center Point-Urbana in the semifinals, 40-32, on Thursday, March 5.

2020 Class 4A State Tournament Quarterfinals
North Scott 63, Clear Creek Amana 43
Scoring– Meagan Harvey 14, Karsyn Stratton 8, Emily Sly 6, Calia Clubb 5, Morgan Etscheidt 4, Whitney Traetow 2, Allison Rummelhart 2, Ainsley Schrock 2.
3-point goals– Harvey 4.