Girls' state basketball: Tuesday's capsules

It's three area teams in three different classes - Cascade (2A), CPU (3A) and Xavier (4A)

Cedar Rapids Xavier's Lexi Noonan (13) works against Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Tessa Steffen in a Dec. 20 game. The Saints face Grinnell in a Class 4A quarterfinal at the girls' state basketball tournament Tuesday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier's Lexi Noonan (13) works against Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Tessa Steffen in a Dec. 20 game. The Saints face Grinnell in a Class 4A quarterfinal at the girls' state basketball tournament Tuesday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Capsules on Tuesday’s games at the girls’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena:


Class 2A Quarterfinal

No. 6 Cascade (22-2) vs. No. 3 Central Decatur (24-0)

Time: 10 a.m.

Coaches: Mike Sconsa is in his 13th season at Cascade and owns a record of 255-61. Curtis Boothe has posted a 408-116 mark in 24 years, including 291-64 in 15 seasons at Central Decatur.

Top players: Abbie Ruggeberg (5-10, jr.) leads a balanced Cascade squad at 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Nicole McDermott (5-5, fr.) adds 10.9 ppg. Central Decatur has four players averaging in double figures, led by Emma Atwood (5-11, soph.) at 18.7 points per game. Alli Masters (5-11, soph.) adds 14.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest.

Tournament history: Cascade has qualified for the sixth time, its fourth appearance in five years. The Cougars were 2A runners-up in 2009. Central Decatur is making its fourth appearance, its second straight.

BC Moore computer projection: Central Decatur by 5.


Class 3A Quarterfinal

No. 3 Center Point-Urbana (21-3) vs. No. 7 Davenport Assumption (16-7)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Coaches: Philip Klett is 141-72 in nine years at CPU, 176-86 in 11 seasons overall. Katelyn McNamara is in her first year at Assumption, with a 16-7 record.


Top players: All five of Center Point-Urbana’s starters average at least 6.9 points per game. Allie Wooldridge (6-0, jr.), a UW-Green Bay commit, leads the way at 12.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Adrianna Katcher (5-9, fr.) adds 8.8 points per game. She was the 3A state cross country champion last fall. Jasmine Harris (5-10, sr.) and Bailey Brown (5-6, jr.) are the top players for Assumption, averaging 16.1 and 14.3 points per game, respectively.

Tournament history: CPU is making its fifth appearance, its third in four years. The Stormin’ Pointers were 2A champions in 1995. Assumption is in the field for the 14th time, the 12th time since 2000. The Knights have won four state titles since 2008, with three different coaches.

BC Moore computer projection: CPU by 2.


Class 4A Quarterfinal

No. 6 Cedar Rapids Xavier (17-6) vs. No. 3 Grinnell (19-4)

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Coaches: Xavier Coach Tom Lilly is taking his 14th team to state, his 12th at Xavier. He has a 32-year record of 523-235, including 335-133 in 19 years at Xavier. Trent Edsen is in his ninth year at Grinnell and owns a career mark of 112-90.

Top players: Lexi Noonan (5-10, sr.) paces Xavier at 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The other four starters all add about 7 points per game, led by Kylie Brown (5-11, sr.) at 7.7 points and 5.0 boards per contest. Four Grinnell players are averaging in double figures, led by Sienna Durr (6-0, jr.) at 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Madeline Wilkins (5-7, sr.) is averaging 14.3 points and has made 80 3-pointers this season.

Tournament history: Xavier is a 12-time qualifier, and the Saints captured titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2013. Grinnell is making its state-tournament debut.

BC Moore computer projection: Grinnell by 2.


Tuesday's Other Games

Class 3A quarterfinal: No. 1 Sioux Center (24-0) vs No. 11 Monroe PCM (20-4), 11:45 a.m.

Class 3A quarterfinal: No. 4 Crestwood (22-1) vs. No. 5 Cherokee (20-3), 1:30 p.m.


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Class 3A quarterfinal: No. 2 Pocahontas Area (24-1) vs. No. 8 Clear Lake (21-3), 5 p.m.

Class 4A quarterfinal: No. 2 Nevada (22-1) vs. No. 8 North Scott (18-5), 6:45 p.m.

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