DES MOINES — The mountain was too tall to climb.

By the time Davenport Assumption found its footing Tuesday afternoon at the Class 3A girls state basketball tournament, it was looking up at an 18-point deficit.

Assumption made a fourth-quarter surge, but third-ranked Center Point-Urbana converted enough free throws and came up with a couple defensive stops to prevail 56-50 in a quarterfinal contest at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We didn’t have enough time,” said Assumption senior Jasmine Harris, who had a game-high 24 points.

CPU (22-3) is in the semifinals for the second consecutive season. It’ll meet defending champion Pocahontas Area (25-1) at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

The Knights, meanwhile, saw their season come to a halt at 16-8.

“We were nothing at the beginning of the season,” Assumption junior Grace Jacobsen said. “Nobody was asking about us. We’ve come so far this season.”

Cold shooting was the culprit of its elimination.

Assumption was two of its first 20 from the field and tallied only 13 first-half points. The Knights shot a meager 28.8 percent for the game, and held to their lowest point total in the last 10 outings.

“This was probably the worst shooting night we’ve had all season long,” coach Katelyn McNamara said. “We were really confident coming into this game and had some really good practices, but this is a difficult place to shoot when you haven’t been here.

“It is a different atmosphere.”

CPU had size and length with 6-footer Allison Wooldridge and 5-11 Cailyn Fox. The Knights missed several attempts around the rim but was just as chilly from the perimeter. They were 5 of 20 from beyond the arc.

“Nerves were a big part of it,” Harris said, “and our warmup wasn’t that good.”

Harris was 0-for-8 in the opening half and limited to just two points.

CPU, meanwhile, hit three 3-pointers in the closing 2 1/2 minutes of the half to build an 11-point advantage.

“That broke the ice a little bit,” CPU coach Phillip Klett said. “Both teams looked a little tight shooting shots.”

The Stormin’ Pointers padded the margin to 40-22 after a Wooldridge basket with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter.

Game over, right?

“We had a wakeup call at that point,” Harris said. “We had to put things together.”

Harris scored 22 second-half points to lead the comeback. The University of Sioux Falls recruit made it a five-point contest after a 3-pointer with 3:22 left.

“The first half, I definitely wasn’t myself,” she said. “I didn’t want to let these girls down and I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. I knew I just needed to come out and take care of business and pick up the rest of my team.

Assumption had a couple opportunities to draw closer. It didn't happen.

“We knew they were going to have a counterattack,” Wooldridge said. "We just had to remain calm and stay confident."

Wooldridge, a Wisconsin-Green Bay commit, led CPU with 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots. The Stormin’ Pointers had others emerge as the Knights collapsed their defense on Wooldridge.

“Our defensive effort was great,” McNamara said. “They followed that game plan perfectly. We were so focused on the inside, some other girls stepped up and made some shots, especially in that second quarter.

“We knew that could happen. We had to gamble with that.”

Harris closed her high school career with 1,107 points. She also had the opportunity to play two games at the state tournament during her career.

“It was pretty special being able to play for this program that has had a tradition of excellence,” she said. “I won’t ever forget it.”

Jacobsen came off the bench to score 10 points for the Knights, who made their 14th state tournament appearance in the last 17 years.

Assumption returns three starters and three of its top reserves next season.

“This was huge to experience this,” Jacobsen said. “Now we can start preparing for this in the summer and get back here next year."

Center Point-Urbana 56, Davenport Assumption 50

ASSUMPTION (16-8) — Hannah Wislander 0-4 0-0 0, Bailey Brown 3-10 1-2 9, Molly Gervase 1-1 0-0 3, Liz Fennelly 1-3 0-0 2, Jasmine Harris 8-22 6-6 24, Caroline Crosby 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Rohlf 0-2 0-0 0, Carlye Brown 0-2 2-2 2, Allie Timmons 0-6 0-0 0, Grace Jacobsen 4-9 2-2 10. Totals 17-59 11-12 50.

CENTER POINT-URBANA (22-3) — Allison Wooldridge 2-6 9-12 13, Callyn Fox 3-7 2-2 8, Adrianna Katcher 2-8 3-4 8, LaMia Sisk 3-3 0-0 8, Olivia Brecht 3-6 4-6 12, Karly Milliken 1-2 0-0 2, Raegan Dufoe 0-0 2-2 2, Madie Willson 1-5 0-0 3, Sydney Boevers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-38 20-26 56.

Assumption;5;8;15;22;—;50

Center Point-Urbana;8;16;16;16;—;56

3-point goals — Assumption 5-20 (Harris 2-7, B. Brown 2-6, Gervase 1-1, Timmons 0-2, Jacobsen 0-2, C. Brown 0-1, Rolf 0-1); CPU 6-14 (Brecht 2-4, Sisk 2-2, Willson 1-3, Katcher 1-3, Milliken 0-1, Wooldridge 0-1). Rebounds — Assumption 32 (Jacobsen 8, Harris 5); CPU 35 (Wooldridge 11). Assists — Assumption 3 (Wislander, Fennelly, C. Brown); CPU 16 (Wooldridge 6). Steals — Assumption 7 (Harris 3, Jacobsen 3); CPU 5 (Brecht 2, Willson 2). Blocks — Assumption 1 (Timmons); CPU 6 (Wooldridge 5). Turnovers — Assumption 10, CPU 16. Total fouls — Assumption 17, CPU 14. Fouled out — none.

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