The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) has announced its 2017 All-State Basketball teams.
It’s no surprise to see Elle Ruffridge leading the Class 3A Team. The Pocahontas Area senior led the state in points, three-pointers and assists, and set a 5-player tournament record in points this year. Ruffridge scored 457 points during the season with a 58.4-percent field goal percentage and 53.4-percent made shots from beyond the arc. Even with an abundance of points, she led the league in assists with more than 200 throughout the season, including the state tournament. Ruffridge is committed to attend Missouri State next fall.
As in many other match ups, the Class 1A leaders Tori Hazard of Janesville and Shelby Reicks of Turkey Valley faced each other in the state tournament. Though Reicks’ 21 points helped Turkey Valley move on the round two, Hazard put up 34 points, adding to her 487 for the season. Both players led their teams in points and assists throughout the season, each scoring a double-triple.
In Class 2A Ashtyn Veerbeek scored more than 50 points in first- and second-round games at the state tournament, helping the Western Christian Wolfpack make it to the championship game, where they would face Konnor Sudmann and the Treynor Cardinals. The Cardinals held Veerbeek to only 5 points in the finals, while Sudmann put up 15, but the Wolfpack revenged last years one-point loss to win by two. Both Sudmann and Veerbeek were dominant in 2A play through out the season, Veerbeek leading all scorers with nearly 600 total points by tournaments end.
Though the Carlisle Wildcats were absent from the tournament, senior Agatha Beier led them to the playoffs, earning a spot on the All-State Team. Karli Rucker of Eldridge/North Scott led the Lady Lancers in points throughout the season while mentoring her sophomore sister, who followed close behind.
Named to the Class 5A All-State Team were Grace Berg of Indianola and Hannah Fuller of West Des Moines Valley. Though Valley found itself on the winning end of every game in the tournament, bringing the State Championship trophy home to West Des Moines for the first time in school history, Berg, a junior, led the Indians in scoring to hold the state No. 1 spot going into the tournament.
Teams can be downloaded by clicking here.