Triton women host regional game

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Sarah Rolling of Iowa Central shoots during the regular season inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

Thanks to a strong ending to the season, the Iowa Central women will get at least one more chance to play inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

The Tritons (16-14 overall) host Iowa Lakes (13-17) in a quarterfinal round contest of the Region XI Tournament on Wednesday. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

After back-to-back late February losses to 12th-ranked North Iowa Area and the Lakers, Iowa Central picked up close wins over Southeastern, Des Moines Area and Ellsworth to secure the No. 3 seed for the conference tournament.

Freshman Brittany West leads the way for the Tritons, averaging 13.2 points per game. She is shooting almost 44 percent from the field and 81 percent at the free throw line, adding five rebounds and two assists.

Sarah Rolling sits at nine points and is connecting on 50 percent of her field goal attempts. The sophomore from North Union leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game. Avery Terwilliger, a former Humboldt standout, is averaging 8.6 points, 4.4 boards and 2.5 assists a night.

Mardaeja Cross is just under nine points and Rachel Toto at seven.

Iowa Lakes has lost two in a row and went 5-8 on the road this season. Mia Wassink averages a team-high 15.4 points, with Lemir Ntor-Ue at 13 and Marissa Ruiz at 10. Wassink is also grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game, with Marisela Perez posting four assists a night.

The Tritons went 11-5 at Hodges Fieldhouse, which includes a 63-59 victory over Iowa Lakes. West led three players in double figures that night with 19, as Terwilliger scored 13 and Rolling 12.

Awaiting the winner of Iowa Central/Iowa Lakes will be either NIACC or Ellsworth on Saturday at the highest-seed remaining. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday. No. 2 Kirkwood faces Southwestern Wednesday night, with Southeastern meeting DMACC in the other quarterfinal.