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Class 1A State Preview: East Mills vs. Dunkerton

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March 10, 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

In its first state trip ever, the East Mills Wolverines (23-3) have a “tall” challenge in first round opponent, Dunkerton (25-1)

The Raiders boast a senior-oriented line up and a tall front court for any level of basketball, led by 6-foot-11 Drake University recruit Kory Kuenstling. The senior center leads Dunkerton in scoring (21 points per game), rebounding (10.8 per game) and blocked shots (3.8 per game) while shooting 68 perfect from the field. The Raiders also have a pair of sharp-shooting perimeter players in Trevor Jacobsen (12.6 points per game) and Jordan Kubitz (10 points per game) who hit 64 and 41 three pointer apiece, respectively, this season.

East Mills counters with a quick, scrappy team led by senior Jacob Schafer and juniors Keegan Wederquist and Logan Currin. Wederderquist, a 6-foot-3 leaper, led East Mills in scoring (16.8 points per game), rebounds (11.6 per game) and blocked shots (2.5 per game) this season. East Mills’s backcourt of Currin (11.5 points per game, 25 three pointers) and Schafer (11 points per game, 32 three pointers) are a formidable scoring duo. Defensive specialist Michael Story (4.6 point per game) will likely draw the duty of covering Jacobsen.

Both teams average better than 60 points per game and look to push the ball when opportunities present so it could come down to who’s better on the defensive end in transition and the half court. If Wederquist can stay out of foul trouble and use his quickness on both ends of the court to neutralize the 6-foot-11, 215 pound Kuenstling, the No. 6 seeded Wolverines have a shot. East Mills must shoot better from the field – below 50 percent in all three post-season games – and use their quickness to its advantage against the bigger Raiders.

 

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