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Mason City's Megan Meyer, left, and Hannah Faktor high-five after a win vs. Waverly-Shell Rock last Tuesday during the Class 4A regional finals in Mason City.

The Mason City girls basketball team is back home.

Well, it’s not the Mohawks’ actual home, but it might as well be their second.

The Mohawks headed down to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines for the girls state basketball tournament for the sixth time in eight years. It’s something the program is proud of, but also sort of an expectation at this point to be at least competing for a chance to play there every year.

“I think the program is built to the point that kids, they know what’s expected, and they know they need to work at a certain level if they’re going to play,” Mason City coach Curt Klaahsen said. “I think it’s taken a lot of hard work by kids, great attitudes by kids, and that’s what continues to get us there.”

So, what’s been behind the run?

The all-state talent is first and foremost. Players like Jadda Buckley, Cortni Rush, Myah Mellman, Makenzie Meyer and Megan Meyer helped build, and then maintain this excellence. All are Division I basketball players (or at least will be, in Megan Meyer’s case).

But it takes a whole team, not just two or three players, to make this possible.

“It’s definitely just hard work and determination, coming in and giving it your all every practice,” Megan Meyer said. “To come in to practice every day, it’s always something new and everyone is always giving it their all, so it’s fun to be a part of a program like that.”

All told, it’s been the best stretch of girls basketball in Mason City’s history – they had never been before this run.

“It’s like a tradition, and we’ve started the tradition and we just have to keep it going, and it’s really fun to keep it going this year, too," Mason City sophomore Anna Deets said.

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