Iowa State Girls’ Basketball Tournament Primer

Iowa State Girls' Basketball Tournament Primer, Des Moines, Wells Fargo, Homemakers Furniture

The Iowa state girls’ basketball tournament takes place next week, and here at Homemakers, we couldn’t be more excited!

The 95th annual state tournament tips off Monday morning, with Colo-Nesco and Newell-Fonda facing off in the first Class 1A quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Teams will descend on Des Moines from every corner of the state, literally: Western Christian of Hull, Bishop Heelan and Central Lyon from the northwest corner, Bedford from the southwest, Burlington and Mediapolis from the southeast and Cedar Falls, Waverly-Shell Rock and Crestwood from the northeast.

In all, 40 teams will take to the court at Wells Fargo next week.

Iowa state girls’ basketball tournament history

The storied tradition dates back to the first state tournament in 1920. Iowa was one of the few states in the country to sanction girls’ basketball at that time, and in 1925 the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union was born as a way to ensure the continued support of girls’ basketball.

Back then, and for more than 60 years after, the brand of choice in Iowa was six-player basketball: six players per team on the court at once. Three guards defended on one end and three forwards comprised the offense on the other. Dribbling was limited, but the excitement was hard to top.

The 1968 state tournament championship stands as one of the most iconic and memorable games in history, when Denise Long scored 64 points to lead the Union-Whitten Cobras to a 113-107 overtime victory over Jeanette Olson (76 points) and the Everly Cattlefeeders.

Despite its popularity in Iowa, states around the country began to adopt the five-on-five format for girls’ basketball. The IGHSAU established a five-on-five state tournament in 1985 that was comprised of Iowa’s largest schools. A six-on-six state tournament made up of smaller schools continued until 1993, when all schools adopted the five-on-five format.

In 1995, Oklahoma became the last state to switch to five-player basketball.

State girl’s basketball tournament & Hm, a Winning Combination

With such an illustrious history, the girls’ state basketball tournament is an event we look forward to every year, and next week’s rendition is no exception.

We hope your visit to Des Moines is a positive one, full of excitement and memories that will last a lifetime. We want you to make the most of your trip to town, so be sure that a stop at Homemakers is on your to-do list!

You’ll be able to take advantage of one of our favorite sales: the Winning Combo! With a qualifying purchase of $999 or more, you’ll receive:

  • Free statewide driveway delivery — No matter what corner of the state you’re in, we’ve got you covered!
  • 5% off of your entire purchase — Who doesn’t love a good deal?
  • 10 months financing — Use your Homemakers/NFM card and you’ll pay no interest if paid in full by December.

The Winning Combo sale is also good online, so even if you aren’t traveling to Des Moines, you can still score a great deal!

But if you are, stop by and see us. Just a short 15-minute hop from Wells Fargo Arena, we have great deals, the largest showroom in Iowa and free cookies waiting for you.

Now that’s a winner!

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