By: Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union
The Class 5A tournament has a new single-game scoring leader.
Indianola junior Grace Berg scored a record 36 points to lead top-ranked Indianola past No. 8 Johnston 77-67 in the opening game of the 5A tournament. It was a good one, too, featuring high-quality athletes who’ll eventually be playing at major Division I universities.
Berg, who has committed to Missouri, made 13 of 23 shots, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, in breaking the old scoring record of 31. That mark was set by Iowa City West’s Ally Disterhoft in 2013 and matched by Iowa City High’s Kiera Washpun in 2014.
Berg also had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals for the unbeaten Indians.
Indianola sophomore Maggie McGraw, who has committed to Iowa State, came up with a big effort as well. She scored 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting and added three assists, three steals and three blocks.
Johnston senior Taryn Knuth, who’ll play volleyball at Florida State, led the Dragons with 23 points and 13 rebounds in her final high school game. Jennah Johnson had 17 points for Johnston, the state runner-up last year.
Indianola got control of the game with two runs and Berg was in the middle of both.
She hit a 3-pointer and sank two free throws in a 9-2 burst that erased a 28-27 Johnston lead and put Indianola up 36-30 at halftime. Then, with Indianola leading by eight late in the third quarter, Berg contributed a putback and fastbreak layup to a 9-0 run that made it 62-45 early in the fourth quarter.
Johnston was never closer than eight the rest of the way.
Indianola moves to the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Friday with a 24-0 record. Johnston finishes 19-5.