- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Brandon Snyder scored 23 points and handed out nine assists and unranked West Lyon rolled past No. 4 Dunkerton 60-32 Friday night to win the Class 1A state championship.

Snyder quarterbacked West Lyon to the Class A football title last fall. He ran the show again as the Wildcats (23-5), seeded eighth in the eight-team field, won the basketball crown in their first trip to the state tournament.

The Wildcats did it convincingly, winning their three games at state by an average of 21.3 points and postingthe widest margin ever in a 1A championship game.

Kaleb Heyer added 10 points, 16 rebounds and five steals for West Lyon, while Nick Anderson led Dunkerton (27-2) with 11 points.

West Lyon had overwhelmed BGM 49-7 in the football finals last November, and the Wildcats were just as dominant in this one. All five basketball starters played on the football team and it showed.

The Wildcats were stronger, more physical and more athletic. They were also toughened by a schedule that included 13 games against teams from higher classifications.

Dunkerton did weather West Lyon’s early run and fought back to trail just 14-10 when Kuenstling hit a short bank shot. But two quick buckets by the Wildcats tiggered a 20-4 run that blew it open.

Snyder came up big in the championship after a sterling performance in the football title game, when he ran for two touchdowns and passed for another while totaling 291 yards.

He shot 7-for-12 from the field, including five 3-pointers. He saluted with three fingers after hitting his final 3 midway through the fourth quarter and was voted captain of the all-tournament team.

West Lyon became the eighth school in win a football and basketball championship in the same academic year. It had most recently been done by Sioux City Bishop Heelan and Solon in 2008-09.

Dunkerton, a two-time state champion, had a nine-game winning streak in state tournament play broken. The Raiders had 12 turnovers while shooting only 33 percent in the first half (7-for-21) and never recovered.

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