MASON CITY – With a trip to the Class 4A state basketball tournament on the line, Mason City was all business from the opening tip.
The seventh-rated Mohawks forced 23 first-half turnovers and sprinted away to a 21-point halftime lead on their way to a 58-41 victory over 13th-rated Waverly-Shell Rock.
The victory marks the sixth time in the past eight seasons that Mason City has played its way into the state basketball tournament.
“This is good stuff,” Mohawks coach Curt Klaahsen said. “I felt like the girls were ready to go.”
Megan Meyer was certainly ready.
Mason City’s junior guard scored 22 points in the first half and then helped the Mohawks effectively run a more deliberate offense in the second half.
Meyer finished with 27 to lead all scorers.
Anna Deets, a sophomore forward, added 13 points, nine of which came after intermission.
Hannah Faktor, a senior forward who will be playing on her third state-qualifying team, added eight.
“It’s huge,” Faktor said. “My freshman and sophomore years didn’t seem like quite as big of a deal.”
Kenzie Roling and Abbey Their led the Go-Hawks with eight points apiece.
Mason City (14-9) will learn its seeding and first-round opponent on Wednesday after regional final play is complete.