By Ryan Murken
Your Prep Sports
Putting up big numbers isn’t a new feeling to Mary Crompton.
Still, something felt different for the Regina junior guard against No. 10 Cascade on Saturday.
Crompton set school records with 10 3-pointers and 39 points on Saturday as 2A top-ranked Regina remained unbeaten with a 78-57 win over Cascade.
“It just felt different,” Crompton explained. “I’ve had nights like that shooting with my dad where it just feels good and I’m beating all of my goals in my drills and it was kind of just one of those nights but I just happened to have a game.”
Crompton was nearly perfect against the Cougars.
The 5-foot-8 Crompton was 12-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-11 from 3-point range on her way to her school-record scoring output.
“In the warmup, it just felt like any other game,” Crompton said. “Once that first one fell it just kind of gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the game.”
Crompton had 22 points in the first half and eclipsed her previous career-high of 29 set earlier this season against West Liberty in three quarters.
“At the beginning of the game they were in a 2-3 zone so we were just running our normal sets and they were finding me in the corner and Greyson (Dumont) was doing a great job of pushing the ball and finding me in transition,” Crompton said. “They started to show a box-and-one and we ran our box-and-run set and I got a few shots off of that.”
During the Regals 12-0 start to the season Crompton is averaging 20.6 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the floor including 51 percent from 3-point range.
Crompton has scored in double figures in all 12 games this season and 26 straight dating back to last season.
She has reached 20 points in half of the Regals’ games this season but had never had a night like Saturday in a high school game.
The closest she ever came to 39 points and the feeling she had on Saturday was in an AAU game in the summer.
“I actually had one last summer against Midwest Elite with All Iowa Attack,” Crompton explained. “It was a pretty similar feeling but I think I only had nine 3s – never 10.”
Crompton had plenty of help on Saturday.
Dumont had a team-high eight assists on Saturday as Regina had 21 assists on 25 made field goals.
The 10 3-pointers by Crompton, along with five from sophomore Kennedy Wallace, helped Regina set a school-record with 16 made 3-pointers in the game.
“Our team chemistry has taken a huge step up,” Crompton said. “I thought that we were close before at the beginning of the season but now we will spend an hour after practice just talking and I think that’s kind of correlated to the court to as our team chemistry has increased our play as gotten better.”
Still Unbeaten: The list of undefeated teams in the state continues to shrink with only 13 teams remaining without a loss.
City High (13-0) and Regina (12-0) are among the final teams to avoid a setback.
Regina is one of only four teams in Class 2A without a loss, joining North Union, Treynor, and Central Decatur.
City High and Indianola are the lone remaining unbeaten teams in Class 5A.
Ratings update: The three Iowa City schools all held their spots in the latest rankings released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union on Thursday.
Regina stayed where it has been all season, atop the Class 2A rankings.
City High remained second in Class 5A behind top-ranked Indianola while West High stayed put at No. 3 in 5A.
All the top-ranked teams stayed the same as Springville (1A), Pocahontas Area (3A) and Pella (4A) remained number one.
Top performances: West High sophomore Lauren Zacharias had 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 56-36 win over Linn-Mar.
City High freshman Aubrey Joens had 17 points, five assists and four steals in a 73-35 win over Cedar Rapids Washington.
Clear Creek Amana senior Claire Navara had 19 points and nine rebounds in a 70-35 win over Independence.
Regina junior Greyson Dumont had four points, eight steals and seven assists in an 80-42 win over Durant.
West Branch junior Tatum Koenig had 17 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists in a 52-48 loss to Wilton.