Sioux Center vs Pocahontas Area state basketball

Pocahontas Area's Elle Ruffridge wipes away a tear as she walks to accept her Class 3A tournament team captain medal during Sioux Center vs Pocahontas Area Class 3A championship action of the Iowa Girls Basketball Championships played Saturday in Des Moines. Pocahontas won the game 61-38.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal/Lee Enterprises

Ruffridge scores 22, Pocahontas wins 3A title

DES MOINES (AP) — Elle Ruffridge scored 22 points in the final game of her record-breaking career to lead Pocahontas Area past Sioux Center 61-38 Saturday for the Indians' second straight Class 3A state championship.

Whether she was scoring herself or setting up teammates, the dynamic 5-foot-4 guard delighted her school's large fan following one last time in a victory that was surprisingly one-sided.

Sioux Center entered the game 26-0 with a talented group of athletes, but the Warriors were no match for their quicker, sharp-shooting opponent. Pocahontas (27-1) made 12 3-pointers and held Sioux Center scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Ruffridge went 6 for 8 from 3-point range and added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Payton Hjerleid added 12 points for the Indians, Faith Meyer scored 11 and Ashlyn Weidauer had eight.

North Scott dominates overtime, beats Marion for 4A title

DES MOINES (AP) — Karli Rucker scored 24 points and North Scott dominated the overtime period to win the Class 4A state championship with a 52-40 victory over Marion on Saturday night.

North Scott (21-5) rallied from a six-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, then outscored Marion 13-1 in the extra four minutes to win going away. It was the first state championship for the Lancers after two runner-up finishes.

Rucker's sister, Rylie, added nine points for North Scott, while two freshmen — Presley Case and Grace Boffeli — each scored seven. Boffeli also grabbed 10 rebounds, seven on the offensive end.

Mia Laube led Marion (24-2) with 11 points, Chloe Rice scored nine and Randi Wright had six. The Indians started three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, so they should contend again next season.

Valley beats Cedar Falls to claim 5A title

DES MOINES — West Des Moines Valley flexed its muscle on the way to a Class 5A state title over Cedar Falls Saturday night, 71-59.

It was the fifth straight Class 5A title for the CIML Confernece.


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