DES MOINES -- Make it two in a row for Davenport Assumption.
Fourth-ranked Assumption jumped to a big lead early and went on to beat No. 2 MOC-Floyd Valley 59-32 to win its second straight Class 3A state championship Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Knights had excellent balance on offense and bottled up the previously unbeaten Lady Dutch with aggressive play on the defensive end. Assumption built a 16-point lead early in the second quarter and was in control the rest of the way.
The title was the third for Assumption in the last five years and each has come under a different coach.
Todd Borrison guided the Knights to the Class 2A championship in 2008, they won last year under Jennifer Goetz and claimed this year's title with former Assumption star Mallory Youngblut as coach.
Assumption's championship capped a 25-2 season. MOC-Floyd Valley, which was unbeaten entering the state tournament for the second straight year, finished 27-1.
Grace Fennelly led Assumption with 12 points, while all-tournament captain Hailey Schneden added 11 points, six rebounds and five blocks.
Schneden, a 6-foot-2 junior, blocked a 3A record 13 shots in a semifinal victory over Ballard and finished the tournament with 20 blocks, two short of the class record. She did not miss a shot in the championship game, going 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 at the free throw line.
Danielle Moore and Kate Fennelly each scored nine points for Assumption and Fennelly handed out five assists.
Alexis Conaway, MOC-Floyd Valley's outstanding sophomore, led her team with 13 points and six rebounds. Trisha De Jong added six points for the Lady Dutch.
Assumption broke the game open with a 22-3 run that wiped out MOC-Floyd Valley's early 5-2 lead and put the Knights up 24-8 early in the second quarter. Six different players scored during the run, with Grace Fennelly getting eight. She scored twice after following up her own miss, drive for a basket and sank two free throws.
The lead was never below 12 points after that. The Knights led 33-19 at halftime and finished the third quarter with eight straight points to go up 45-25, Schneden making two free throws and Moore knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.
Kate Fennelly, Moore and Conaway joined Schneden on the all-tournament team. Also named to the honor unit were Lauren McDonald of MOC-Floyd Valley and Madison Yohe of Sioux City Bishop Heelan.
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