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Championship matchups are set in 1A, 2A and 3A as semifinals took place at the Iowa high school girls’ state basketball tournament Thursday.
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CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
Elle Ruffridge set five-on-five state tournament records with 48 points and eight 3-pointers as the defending champion Indians cruised back to the title game.
Ruffridge had 30 points in the first half alone and finished 12-for-20 from the field, including 8-for-12 from deep, and a perfect 16-of-16 at the foul line.
CPU trailed 17-12 after the first quarter, but it was 43-25 by halftime. Alli Wooldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 1 Sioux Center 81, No. 5 Cherokee 56
Sioux Center's relentless pace and offense turned a 45-36 halftime lead into a rout as the Warriors remained undefeated.
Hannah Dykshorn led four SC players with 24 points as the Warriors shot 46.5 percent from the field in a game that had 54 combined turnovers.
Jessica Harald added 17 for Sioux Center, Lexi Toering had 14 and Jordyn Van Maanen scored 10.
Kassidy Pingel led the Braves, who were 4 of 21 from 3-point range, with 16 points.
CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS
Konnor Sudmann's steal and layup with 1:05 to go sent the Cardinals to the 2A championship game.
Treynor trailed 37-24 in the third quarter, but rallied with an 11-0 run to get within two with 6:55 left.
Cascade missed three shots to tie and one to lead in the final minute.
Sudmann led the Cardinals with 12 points. Lisa Tucker also had 12 for the Cougars.
Top-ranked Regina fell behind 25-7 in the first quarter and bowed it in the semifinals for the second straight year.
Nebraska commit Ashtyn Verbeek was dominant for Western, totaling 31 points and 10 boards. Erika Feenstra added 17 points, Karsyn Winterfeld 11.
Alex Wiese led Regina with 22 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out.
The Wolfpack head to the championship game for the fifth time in six years. They were second last season.
CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS
It's a championship rematch in Class 1A. Turkey Valley's Shelby Reicks and Kayla Gebel each buried a pair of free throws in OT to break a 44-all tie and return to the title game after finishing as runner-up last season.
The Trojans trailed 24-17 at halftime but quickly rallied, led by 13 points apiece from Gebel and Elli Winter. Reicks had 10, plus four assists.
Sophia Peppers' layup with 16 seconds remaining forced the extra period. She finished with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Mikayla Nachazel scored 32 points, including 22 in the first half, as defending champion Springville cruised back to Friday's championship game.
The Orioles jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never trailed. It was 37-16 at the half.