By Zach James
Assistant Sports Editor
CLINTON — Playoff basketball continues this evening (weather permitting), with Class 2A and 3A regional first-round action beginning in Camanche, Bellevue and Goose Lake.
Here’s a look at the match ups:
• Camanche (14-7) vs. West Liberty (2-19). Camanche is led by guard Kylie Vogel, who enters this River Valley Conference match-up averaging 11.1 points a game (seventh best in the RVC) while the team scores an average of 41 a game. West Liberty opened the season losing its first 13 games before defeating Bellevue on Jan. 20. Their next win came 10 days later against Louisa-Muscatine.
• Tipton (5-17) at Northeast (Goose Lake) (16-6). Tipton had a hard time getting anything going in its Jan. 13 game against the Rebels, falling 55-14. Addie Oberman led the Rebels with 14 points that night, and leads the RVC with 18.1 points a game in a season that has included her reaching the 1,000-point milestone. Aleenah Marcucci is sixth in the RVC with 11.5 points a game.
The winner of the Camanche-West Liberty game will play the winner of the Tipton-Northeast game on Wednesday night in Camanche.
• North Cedar (9-12) at Bellevue (13-9). North Cedar ended its regular season on a two-game winning streakand is led by two girls with the same first name but different spellings. Alison Malaby leads the Knights with 13.1 points a game, and Allison Jensen has 10.9 points a game. Bellevue has two of the top three scorers in the River Valley — Ali Reeg averages 12.6 points a game and Carly Rubel averages 12.5. Bellevue lost its last two regular-season games by one point apiece to Marquette Catholic and Northeast.