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3 Metro girls top final 5A stats

Three Metro area girls finished the basketball season as the Class 5A state leader in statistical categories.

Topping the largest class were Linn-Mar's Amanda Ollinger in rebounding average (10.9), Washington's Joniqua Clark in steals (106) and Kennedy's Sydney Hayden in 3-point field goals made (65).

Ollinger, who started her career at Jefferson and will continue it at Iowa, also ranked No. 3 in 5A in blocked shots (62), No. 6 in scoring average (17.8) and No. 7 in steals (73). Ollinger's 273 rebounds this season are third in Metro history and she ranks No. 8 all-time in career rebounds (780). She had 1,343 career points, 15th in Metro annals.

Clark, who also was eighth in 5A in assists, posted the third-best season steals total in Metro history. Hayden had 65 3-point goals this season, one ahead of three others in 5A. Her season 3-pointers rank No. 2 in Metro history and she finished No. 8 in career 3-pointers (118).

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Mims named Mount Mercy women's coach

Micha Mims, a 2012 graduate of Mount Mercy University, will return to her alma mater to lead the Mustang women's basketball program beginning March 15, Athletics Director Paul Gavin announced Monday.

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Let's hit the road with Mustangs, Eagles

I wish I had a deep bank account and the time to travel during the next two weeks.

If I did, I'd follow the Mount Mercy and Kirkwood men's basketball teams to their national tournaments and watch some of the best action this side of March Madness itself.

The 14th-ranked Mustangs (25-7) will be playing in the NAIA Division II national tournament in Point Lookout, Mo., this week. The 32-team tournament begins Wednesday and ends with the championship game March 15 on ESPN3.

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Indians, Lions share Metro Spotlight Award

All of the players on the Marion and Linn-Mar basketball teams are the co-winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

The Indians and Lions both reached the semifinals of the state tournament in Des Moines and finished with identical 20-5 records.

Marion made the semifinals in Class 4A, matching the best performance at the state tournament in school history. Linn-Mar reached the semifinals in Class 5A.

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Matt Mims wins Metro Spotlight Award

Matt Mims of Xavier is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Mims, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, is a starting guard for the Xavier basketball team that will play in the Class 3A state tournament in Des Moines this week.

The 10th-ranked Saints (16-8) will meet third-ranked Spirit Lake (21-3) in the opening round Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

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