PAC girls zone in on finals

Indians set to face Center Point-Urbana

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Grace Meyer of Pocahontas Area goes up for a shot against Clear Lake in a Class 3A quarterfinal on Tuesday in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

DES MOINES — The road to a third consecutive Class 3A state championship game will go through a new foe for second-ranked Pocahontas Area Thursday night.

Fresh off a 46-22 victory over Clear Lake on Tuesday, the Indians (25-1 overall) will meet No. 3 Center Point-Urbana (22-3) in the second semifinal inside Wells Fargo Arena. Tip is set for 6:45 p.m.

The winner moves into Saturday’s championship round vs. either No. 1 Sioux Center or fifth-ranked Cherokee at 4 p.m.

Despite receiving just 11 points from all-state guard Elle Ruffridge vs. the Lions, Pocahontas Area put on a strong defensive display, holding the North Central Conference champions to just five second half points.

Ruffridge, who earlier this year became the state’s all-time leading scorer, added the assists record to her resume. She is headed to Missouri State University in the fall.

Grace Meyer picked up the offense, scoring a game-high 16 with four three-pointers. Faith Meyer had nine and five boards.

Ruffridge, Meyer and Payton Hjerleid all average double figures on the year, with Ruffridge sitting at over 30 — which leads the state.

Pocahontas Area’s senior class is now 98-7 overall.

Allison Wooldridge, a junior who has already committed to play for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, leads the Stormin’ Pointers in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals this year. She flirted with a quadruple-double in a 56-50 opening round victory over Davenport Assumption with 13 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five blocks.

On the year, Wooldridge averages just under 13 points for head coach Philip Klett, who guided the Pointers to the semis last year.

Adrianna Katcher, a freshman, and juniors LaMia Sisk and Olivia Brecht each post between eight and nine points a night.

Center Point-Urbana won the 2A state title in 1995. All three losses this year came to ranked 4A schools in No. 1 Marion (twice) and third-ranked Grinnell.

The first semifinal features Sioux Center (25-0), which downed PCM, 71-27, in the quarterfinals. Lexi Toering, Jordyn Van Maanen and Jessica Harald all average double figures for the Warriors, who are the only unbeaten in 3A.

Cherokee (21-3) is back in the semis for a second straight year after falling to Pocahontas Area in the highest-scoring 5-on-5 game ever last season, 102-91. Paityn Hagberg, Payton Slaughter and MaKenna Carver lifted the Braves to a 70-61 victory over Crestwood on Tuesday.

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