Kirk Hinrich came through in the clutch Saturday night, scoring a game-high 25 points in Sioux City West High's 65-57 Iowa Class 4A state championship victory over West Des Moines Valley at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines.
Hinrich, a 6-foot-3 Kansas University basketball signee, hit six of 10 shots, including four threes. He also hit nine of 10 free throws as West finished the season with a 22-3 overall mark.
The state crown was the first in Hinrich's four-year high school career.
Gooden's team second: KU signee Andrew Gooden scored 18 points and grabbed 17 boards in El Cerrito (Calif.) High's 77-71 loss to Fresno Washington Union High in the California state title game in Sacramento.
The 6-foot-10 Gooden finished the season with a 23 point scoring average. He logged 16.3 boards per game.
Collison all-tourney: Nick Collison of Iowa Falls (Iowa) High School, a 6-foot-9 KU signee, was named captain of the Iowa Class 2A all-tournament team following Friday's 66-42 state championship championship victory over Pella Christian.
The 6-foot-9 Collison scored 25 points in the Cadets' 66-42 win, their 52nd win in a row and 26th this year against no losses..
Iowa Falls became the first Iowa school to win back-to-back titles since Mason City won in 1996 and `97. Pella Christian had been the last 2A school to win two in a row in 1992-93. Only 14 schools in Iowa have won two consecutive crowns.
"I'm disappointed that it's over, but I'm certainly thankful and excited we are able to end it this way," said Dave Collison, Nick's dad and coach of Iowa Falls.
Collison scored 68 points in three state tournament games.