Center Point-Urbana holds on, returns to 3A semifinals

Girls' state basketball: CPU builds 18-point margin, tops Assumption 56-50

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DES MOINES — Philip Klett gave his team a forecast: A comeback bid was inevitable.

Center Point-Urbana hunkered down and held on.

The third-ranked Stormin’ Pointers made enough plays — and enough free throws — down the stretch, and held off No. 6 Davenport Assumption, 56-50, in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

“It was exactly what (Klett) had talked about. We knew we had to be ready for a counter-attack,” CPU’s Allie Wooldridge said.

CPU (22-3) built an 18-point advantage on four different occasions in the third quarter, but as Klett figured, Assumption (16-8) made a move.

The Knights scored the final six points of the third quarter to make it 40-28, then closed within 45-40 on Jasmine Harris’ 3-pointer with 3:20 left.

It was 47-42 with 2:00 to go, then the Stormin’ Pointers made 9 of 12 foul shots to put a bow on it.

 

 

“We had to stay tough and stay confident,” Olivia Brecht said. “Each game is win or go home, and we’re not ready to go home.”

The Stormin’ Pointers are in the 3A semis for the second straight year. A big challenge awaits — Elle Ruffridge and No. 2 Pocahontas Area (25-1), the defending champion and a 46-22 winner Tuesday against No. 8 Clear Lake.

“We want to win a state championship, and if that’s the next team we have to play, great,” Klett said.

CPU shackled Assumption (16-8) in the opening half, holding the Knights to four field goals in 27 attempts.

“We just had to lock down and make sure they didn’t get any easy baskets,” CPU’s LaMia Sisk said.

The telling stretch came in the final 4 minutes of the first half, when Sisk, Brecht, Madie Willson and Adrianna Katcher all cashed in from outside in a 13-2 run that gave CPU a 24-13 halftime lead.

The barrage continued into the third quarter, and the lead reached 33-15, then 36-18, 38-20 and 40-22 before Assumption made its inevitable move.

“We never give up in any game,” said Harris, who scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half. “I think we left CPU knowing they were in a battle.”

A junior and a UW-Green Bay recruit, Wooldridge posted a fine line: 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five blocks.

Brecht added 12 points, and Katcher, Sisk and Callyn Fox tallied eight apiece.

CENTER POINT-URBANA 56, DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 50

3A State Quarterfinal, at Des Moines

DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION (50): Hannah Wislander 0-4 0-0 0, Bailey Brown 3-10 1-2 9, Molly Gervase 1-1 0-0 3, Liz Fennelly 1-3 0-0 2, Jasmine Harris 8-22 6-6 24, Caroline Crosby 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Rohif 0-2 0-0 0, Carlye Brown 0-2 2-2 2, Allie Timmons 0-6 0-0 0, Grace Jacobsen 4-9 2-2 10. Totals 17-59 11-12 50.

CENTER POINT-URBANA (56): Allie Wooldridge 2-6 9-12 13, Callyn Fox 3-7 2-2 8, Adrianna Katcher 2-8 3-4 8, LaMia Sisk 3-3 0-0 8, Olivia Brecht 3-6 4-6 12, Karly Millikin 1-2 0-0 2, Raegan Dufoe 0-0 2-2 2, Madie Willson 1-5 0-0 3, Sydney Boevers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-38 20-26 56.

Halftime: CPU 24, Assumption 13. 3-point goals: Assumption 5-20 (B.Brown 2-6, Gervase 1-1, Harris 2-7, Rohif 0-1, C.Brown 0-1, Timmons 0-2, Jacobsen 0-2), CPU 6-14 (Wooldridge 0-1, Katcher 1-3, Sisk 2-2, Brecht 2-4, Millikin 0-1, Willson 1-3). Team fouls: Assumption 17, CPU 14. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Assumption 32 (Jacobsen 8), CPU 35 (Wooldridge 11). Assists: Assumption 3 (three with 1), CPU 9 (Wooldridge 6). Steals: Assumption 7 (Harris, Jacobsen 3), CPU 5 (Brecht, Willson 2). Turnovers: Assumption 10, CPU 16.

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