DES MOINES — They are arguably the two best girls basketball players in the state of Iowa. If not 1 and 2, they are certainly on the short list.
One will be a Hawkeye. The other will be a Cyclone.
Heck, Iowa City West’s Ally Disterhoft and Mason City’s Jadda Buckley shared a backcourt as members of the All-Iowa Attack on the AAU circuit with Buckley at the point and Disterhoft at a wing spot.
Buckley is ranked 33rd nationally on ESPN’s HoopGurlz Top 100. Disterhoft is ranked 69th. How’s that for star power?
Add in that the Women of Troy (18-5) are defending state champions and Mason City (20-3) and its veteran lineup is at state for the third straight year and you have plenty of intrigue for today’s Class 5A state tournament opener at 6:45 p.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena.
“She grew up a Hawkeye. I grew up a Cyclone,” Buckley said. “Those were our schools. You just respect any great player whether you are playing with them or against them.”
Disterhoft, an Iowa recruit, is the state’s leading scorer at 26.1 points per game. The 6-foot wing shoots better than 64 percent from the floor.
Buckley does it in a different way, although she can dominate the scoring column when she needs to as was evident by her 22-point performance in the regional final win over Dubuque Senior.