The Ankeny Centennial girls’ basketball team is headed to the state tournament for the third time in school history.
It took an epic comeback for the Jaguars to survive and advance.
Fifth-ranked Centennial rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat No. 11 Des Moines Roosevelt, 44-42, in a Class 5A regional final on Tuesday at Centennial. Maggie Phipps scored 19 points to lead the Jaguars, including a go-ahead 3-point goal with 1 minute 37 seconds left.
Centennial (15-2) will play No. 4 Southeast Polk (15-3) in a Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday at Wells Fargo Arena at 11 a.m. It will be a rematch from the 2019 quarterfinals, which was won by the Rams in overtime, 61-56.
Iowa State recruit Arianna Jackson scored 15 points to lead Roosevelt, which ends the season at 10-2. After scoring 13 points in the first quarter, Jackson was held to just two points the rest of the way.
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