Area girls roundup

Cougars upset

No. 8 Dike-NH

JEWELL – Despite the loss of all-stater Elle Herzberg, No. 15 (Class 2A) Manson Northwest Webster found a way to flex its muscle here Monday night, upsetting eighth-ranked Dike-New Hartford in a regional final, 45-37.

The Cougars (20-4 overall) are headed to the state basketball tournament for the ninth time in school history, including five in the last eight years.

Joining the Cougars at state will be Des Moines Christian, Twin Lake Conference rival South Central Calhoun, No. 14 Woodbury Central, fourth-ranked Hudson, No. 1 Western Christian, fifth-rated North Linn and second-ranked Cascade.

No. 1 Mustangs

do it again

CHEROKEE – Top-ranked (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda will return to state for a 10th time after besting George-Little Rock here Monday night, 72-53, in a regional final.

The Mustangs (22-2 overall) have placed second four times, including last year.

Newell-Fonda was behind after the first quarter, 12-10, and led by just one at the half before outscoring George-Little Rock 43-25 over the final 16 minutes.

Newell-Fonda used a huge second half to turn a 29-28 game into an easy win, outscoring G-LR 43-25 over the final 16 minutes.

“Nothing better than hearing the ‘ON TO STATE’ chant one last time,” senior Renee Maneman posted on Twitter after the win. “Wells Fargo here we come.”

Joining Newell-Fonda in the elite eight will be Bedford, 11th-ranked Rockford, No. 8 Adair-Casey, No. 2 Janesville, sixth-ranked Lynnville-Sully, fourth-rated Colo-Nesco and third-ranked Burlington Notre Dame.

Titans will make

state return

JEFFERSON – The South Central Calhoun girls are headed back to state for the first time since 2004 after a 50-43 victory over No. 10 Panorama in a Class 2A regional final here Monday night.

The 12th-ranked Titans (21-3) were state champions in 2004 and runners-up in ’03. SCC head coach Dave Birks led what was then Rockwell City-Lytton to state in 1994, also.

“We’ve been playing will the last six games,” said South Central Calhoun head coach Dave Birks. “(Tuesday)?was another example of balanced scoring.

“The kids stepped up and made key plays at key times. It was a good all around team effort.”

Panorama led early, taking a 21-20 advantage into halftime. The Titans used a 10-0 run in the third to take a 31-23 before the Panthers cut back into it with an 8-2 burst of their own.

A pair of Haley Birks free throws late sealed it, sending South Central Calhoun the round of eight.

The remaining 2A qualifiers include Des Moines Christian, Twin Lake Conference rival Manson Northwest Webster, No. 14 Woodbury Central, fourth-ranked Hudson, No. 1 Western Christian, fifth-rated North Linn and second-ranked Cascade.

South?Central Calhoun 50, Panorama 43

South Central Calhoun – Haley Birks 11, Ashley Henkenius 10, Kori Assman 9, Tyffaney Toms 8, Hannah Corey 6, Michaela Graffunder 6.

Panorama – Jade Cunningham 15, Karlee Johnk 14, Jessi Campbell 4, Maddi McNeil 3, Brooke Beckman 3, Hannah Appleseth 2, Claire Arganbright 2.

Quarter scores:?Panorama led 15-12, SCC 21-20, 34-28.

PAC?bows out despite Ruffridge’s 44 points

SHELDON – No. 13 (Class 2A) Pocahontas Area had its run to the state tournament stopped short by top-ranked Western Christian here Monday night in a regional final.

Western Christian, the two-time defending state champions, earned an 89-81 victory over the Indians (21-4 overall).

Pocahontas Area’s Elle Ruffridge topped her previous career-high – which was also a school-record – by scoring 44 points. She finishes her freshman season with 612 points, a new state-best for a ninth-grader.

The previous mark was 609 by Twin River Valley standout Liz Trauger.

Macey Bales added 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Hannah Stafford had 13 points.

“We gave them everything we had,” Pocahontas Area head coach Rob Maske said. “We cut it to five late and had a couple chances (to get closer).

“Overall, I’m very proud of this team. We had a great season, we just fell short to the two-time defending state champions.”

Ruffridge also dished out five assists, while Grace Meyer had four assists and Faith Meyer seven points and four steals. Pocahontas Area hit eight three-pointers and recorded 11 steals as a team.

Jamie Gesink led the Wolfpack with 40 points. Western Christian (24-1) will be making its seventh trip to state.

Western Christian 89,

Pocahontas Area

Pocahontas Area – Elle Ruffridge 44, Macey Bales 15, Hannah Stafford 13, Faith Meyer 7, Rose Meyer 2.

Western Christian – Jamie Gesink 40, Summer Jansen 10, Kenzie Bousema10, Alissa Pollema 9, Payton Harmsen 7, Erika Douma 5, Kaira Moss 4, Abby Wolterstorff 4.

Quarter scores: Western Christian led 18-17, 44-31, 64-52.