VINTON - North Tama's regional run came to an end due to the hot shooting of Central City.
The Redhawks bowed out in the Class 1A Region 5 girls' basketball semifinals after being handed a 54-46 setback by Central City on Friday.
North Tama (a program-best 20-4) was out in front in the third quarter, but could not withstand five 3-pointers by the Wildcats in the period. That flurry got Central City the lead and it held the advantage by going 13-for-16 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Sydney Fehr fights off some defense during the game against Janesville on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Photo by Amy Jantzen
Sydney Fehr led the Redhawks with 16 points. Kailey Kladivo had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Howard added six points and Erin Herink four.
A 21-17 North Tama halftime lead grew to 31-22 before the Wildcats shot their way back into it.
"They had five threes in the third quarter to catch up and we were never able to recover," said North Tama head coach Irv Laube, "and they made free throws down the stretch."
The Iowa Star Conference South Division champion Redhawks were within 43-40 with 2 minutes to go, but Fiechtner, who was 11-for-13 overall and 8-for-10 in the fourth quarter from the foul line, helped seal it. Central City was 13-for-16 from the line in the fourth to finish 20-for-25 for the contest.
"We had an outstanding season, 20-4," Laube said. "The girls played so hard all year and set a lot of team records and individual records.
"It's disappointing to lose and go out this way, but I told them after the game to look back at all the great things we accomplished and realize that it was a great season."
Fiechtner finished with a game-high 18 points for the Wildcats. Meghan Simmons added 14 points and Tanya Hendrickson 10.