CONRAD — The Jesup girls basketball team grabbed an early lead Saturday and then held on against Roland-Story to qualify for the Class 3A State Tournament.
The eighth-seeded J-Hawks, now 20-4 overall this season, will open the tournament quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena against first-seeded Dike-New Hartford, 22-1, at 5 p.m. Monday, March 2.
The J-Hawks win at BCLUW High School over Roland-Story, 53-47, broke the record of 19 wins in a season during the 5-on-5 era. The last Jesup team to win 19 games was in the 1999-2000 season, the only other time the J-Hawks qualified for State.
The 1999-2000 team lost to North Cedar, 48-35, in the first round, according to tournament records.
Jesup and Dike-New Hartford have met twice this season, with the Wolverines winning 66-40 in Dike and 56-35 in Jesup.
Dike-New Hartford placed first in the North Iowa Cedar League East with a 16-0 conference record. Jesup was second at 12-4.
SCORING BY QUARTER
Jesup 17 11 17 8 —53
Roland 8 15 16 8 —47