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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Katie Landhuis scored 21 points and top-ranked MOC-Floyd Valley survived a subpar game by star Alexis Conaway and beat No. 6 Unity Christian 63-57 Saturday night to win the Class 3A state championship.
Unity Christian slowed Conaway with a box-and-1 defense in the all-Orange City final, but her teammates came through in a big way.
Emily McDonald scored 13 points for the Lady Dutch (26-1), while Bre Harmelink had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Conaway, who scored a tournament record 46 points in a semifinal win over Mediapolis, wound up with nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
Kassidy DeJong led Unity Christian (22-5) with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Sophomore Anna Kiel had 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
MOC-Floyd Valley, which beat Unity 52-40 in mid-December, finished the first half with a 16-3 run to open a 34-22 lead. With the defense concentrating on Conaway, Landhuis found space on the perimeter and hit 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range.
The Lady Dutch stayed comfortably ahead until Conaway went to the bench after getting her fourth foul with 1:50 left in the third quarter.
When she returned with 5:10 left in the game, Unity Christian had cut the lead to 53-48.
DeJong drew the Knights to within 59-57 with 1:04 remaining, but Conaway sank two free throws 22 seconds later. Unity then missed a 3-point attempt and Breanne Schuiteman hit two free throws to finish it off.
With the game hanging in balance, the Lady Dutch made eight straight free throws in the final 3:15.
MOC-Floyd Valley added its first basketball title to the two consecutive state championships it has won in volleyball. Conaway, who’ll play volleyball at Iowa State, was the leader on those teams and also has won three state high jump championships.
Conaway was voted captain of the all-tournament team.
The Lady Dutch lost only to Sioux City Bishop Heelan, which qualified for the Class 4A tournament.
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