MARION - As the prep volleyball season nears the midway point, Cedar Rapids Xavier identified a vital ingredient if the Saints are to retain their No. 1 ranking in Class 4A.
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Quarterfinal action continued Tuesday at the Iowa girls’ state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
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CLASS 4A QUARTERFINALS
Kiana Stanek made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Xavier to the semifinals.
Grinnell fought to within one possession multiple times in the fourth quarter, but Sienna Durr's 26-point effort went for naught.
Lexi Noonan (12) and Kylie Brown (10) were also in double figures for the Saints.
No. 8 North Scott 57, No. 2 Nevada 27
North Scott ended the first half on a 21-2 run to go up 29-15 and never looked back against last year's Class 3A runner-up.
The Cubs turned it over 22 times against the speedy Lancers, who turned those into 22 points.
Karli Rucker led the way with 20 points, four assists and three steals. Rylie Rucker contributed 13 points and four steals. Lexy Koudelka led Nevada with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
CLASS 3A QUARTERFINALS
Elle Ruffridge, already the state's all-time scoring leader, became the career assists record-holder as well as she dished out a pair to go with 11 points and seven rebounds in a quarterfinal win. Her assists total stands at 794.
The Indians held Clear Lake to two points in the first and third quarters and three in the fourth.
Grace Meyer led defending state champion Pocahontas with 16 points.
CPU built an 18-point lead in the third quarter and hung on, holding Assumption to 28.8 percent shoooting.
Allison Wooldridge led the way with 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while Olivia Brecht had 12.
Jasmine Harris keyed Assumtion's comeback effort with 24 points, including 22 in the second half.
No. 5 Cherokee 70, No. 4 Crestwood 61
Cherokee closed the game on a 15-1 run to return to the 3A semifinals.
Crestwood led by 15 with 3:09 to go in the second quarter and was up 37-29 at halftime.
Paityn Hagberg's layup with 2:31 remaining gave the Braves the lead. Hagberg finished with a game-high 23 points. Payton Slaughter had 11, plus 12 rebounds.
Shannon Pisney led Crestwood with 20 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
No. 1 Sioux Center 71, No. 11 Monroe PCM 27
Top-ranked Sioux Center raced out to an 18-4 lead and never looked back to begin the 3A tournament.
Four Warriors scored in double figures, led by Jessica Harald with 16 points. Jordyn Van Maanen and Lexi Toering added 13 plus a combined 14 rebounds and Shayla Post had 11 points.
PCM shot just 21.2 percent (11-52), was 1-for-15 from 3-point range and turned it over 24 times.
CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS
Lisa Tucker hit 1 of 2 free throws with 12 seconds left to break a 56-all tie and Cascade hung on to hand Central Decatur its first loss.
The Cardinals turned it over on the ensuing possession, Nicole McDermott hit two free throws and Abbie Ruggeberg blocked Emma Atwood's last second 3-point attempt.
A 16-0 run from 4:42 in the third to 7:23 in the fourth put the Cougars up 49-43. Central Decatur battled back to tie it at 56 on Raegan Boothe's free throws with 22 seconds to go.
McDermott, a freshman, had a game-high 18 points and six steals. Boothe led CD with 16.