The basketball season is heating up in Van Meter.
The Bulldog girls improved to 7-1 with a 76-41 romp over West Central Valley on Tuesday, while the Van Meter boys completed the sweep with a 79-43 win to send their record to 7-0.
“This was a big win for us,” girls’ coach Shawn Hyer said afterward. “West Central Valley is a good team.”
The Wildcats limited Katie Agey, who entered the game averaging 19.4 points, to just 11, but that allowed other players to shine. Van Meter got a team-high 19 points from freshman Mackenzie Roberts, who hit three 3-pointers and had 13 points at halftime. C.J. Jones also contributed a trio of 3s and finished with 13 points. She had three straight baskets at the beginning of the second quarter to widen Van Meter’s lead to 12.
“The fast break has been very effective for us,” Hyer said. “They did a great job of stopping one side of the break and held Katie to 11 points, but Mackenzie and C.J. came on and shot lights out.”
Nicole Meyer added 10 points for the Bulldogs while Ellie Folkerts and Chelsea Bright each scored six. The team has won seven straight since a season-0pening, one-point loss at A-D-M in November, but a battle Friday at Panorama looms. The Panthers are 5-2 and 4-1 in West Central Activities Conference play.
“That Panorama game will be a big test for us,” said Hyer, whose team was 13-10 last season. “That will tell us where we are at.”
Hyer’s team also logged a 53-31 win at Woodward-Granger on Dec. 13. Agey had 16 points and six rebounds, Roberts had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and Caroline Maher scored eight.
The Bulldog boys outscored the Wildcats 22-11 in the first quarter on Tuesday, then used a 17-1 run in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. That run started with a 3-pointer from Brandon Brittain — his third of the game — and back-to-back 3-point plays by Ben Flaherty and Stephen Folkerts.
Van Meter had four players in double figures, and seven with five points or more.
“When you return so many letterwiners and five starters from one year to the next, you definitely have an advantage early in the season,” coach Jed Alexander said. “Everyone knows their roles and as a coach you know what you can get from each individual so you can put them in a place where they all can be successful.
“The goal now is to expand on that and become even better throughout the year.”
Brittain finished with a team-high 18 points, adding eight assists and five steals. Flaherty scored 16 points, Folkerts added 13 and Jake Eslick had 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Parker Suckow added seven points off the bench, and Ben Trent scored six.
Alexander’s squad logged wins of 77-49 over Martensdale-St. Marys on Dec. 12 and 73-30 over Woodward-Granger on Dec. 13. Folkerts had 27 points against M-SM, where Alexander led the girls’ team to a state title prior to coming to Van Meter. Suckow added 15 points and Flaherty 14.
Folkerts had 24 points against W-G, with Brittain adding 17 points and eight assists. Eslick scored eight and Trent added seven.