Bigs make good: Posts dominate in West Fork state quarterfinal win

West Fork's Sam Amsbaugh shoots between a pair of West Marshall defenders during the Class 2A quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Tuesday afternoon. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

West Fork plays Treynor in the state semifinal Thursday at 3:45 p.m.

DES MOINES—Three trips to the Class 2A state basketball semifinal in four years and it never gets old.

Third-ranked West Fork shot 75 percent from the field in the second half en route to a 71-54 victory over West Marshall to solidify another spot in the state semifinal.

Sam Amsbaugh was 10-of-14 from the field for 26 and Evan Sprung added 13 on 5-of-6 shooting to help propel the Warhawks to Thursday's state semi against Treynor, who were 61-53 winners over North Cedar, also played on Tuesday in Des Moines.

"I like scoring and helping the team," Amsbaugh said. "I don't know, I just try to put the ball in the basket.

"We talked about settling for threes at the half; I know I did. We talked about getting the ball to the posts."

Sprung, who wasn't a starter on last year's state runner-up squad, stepped up against the Trojans.

"I can't really describe how it feels, I'm in shock right now," Sprung said. "I think it will hit me on the way home.

"I just keep my composure and finish and that keeps me going. Once I finish once, my confidence keeps getting better and better."

More on this story and more photos can be found in Thursday's print editions of The Sheffield Press, Pioneer Enterprise and the March 26 print edition of the Hampton Chronicle.