The Dallas Center-Grimes girls’ basketball team outscored A-D-M 14-5 in the fourth quarter on Jan. 3 to rally for a 47-40 victory in Grimes.
It was the first of two DC-G victories on the night, as the Mustangs followed with a 69-52 victory over the A-D-M boys.
“We started to do more of what we do — we went through a stretch of fewer turnovers and did a better job of protecting the ball,” DC-G coach Mike Levenhagen said of the turnaround fourth quarter. “We applied the pressure a little more and got some things to happen.
“You don’t have a lot of breathing room with A-D-M and the tempo that they play.”
The Fillies, who added a 44-41 win at Newton on Tuesday, took control with a 8-0 run midway through the game. Allie O’Brien, Lexi Rosa and Paige Lowary hit baskets, and Jackie Peyton tacked on a fast-break layup off of a steal by Dani Heritage.
DC-G trailed by a point at halftime, and back-to-back 3-pointers by Kendra Chapman and Molly Jacobsen at the end of the third quarter contributed to a 35-33 A-D-M lead heading into the frame. But the Tigers couldn’t stem the tide, as 12th-ranked DC-G rallied in the fourth.
“We didn’t get any stops defensively,” said Tigers coach Brett Watson, whose team suffered a similar four-point loss to DC-G earlier in the season. “That’s what we pride ourselves on, the defensive end. Give credit to DC-G: They made a lot of plays and we couldn’t stop them from scoring. That was the difference.”
Peyton finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Fillies. Rosa added eight points, as did Selena Nolte, whose four baskets came in rapid-fire succession at the end of the first quarter. Heritage added six points, 10 rebounds and five steals, and Lowary finished with five points.
Jacobsen had eight points and five rebounds for the Tigers, while Sydney Bertman scored eight points to go with four boards. Madi Bertman added six points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Brianna Mueller had five points, four rebounds and three assists. Chapman added eight rebounds.
“They’re athletic from top to bottom, they’re quick and they’re aggressive,” Levenhagen said of the Tigers. “They shoot a lot of layups and scrap for the ball. Their mentality is great.”
In the second game, the Mustangs led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, before a barrage of scoring by A-D-M cut the halftime deficit to just 12. Logan Essy sank back-to-back 3-pointers and added a jumper, and Jacob Hardy added a pair of free throws as the Tigers ended the quarter on a 10-4 run.
“We got off to a good start versus A-D-M, but they gained confidence, hit shots and we did not rebound well at all,” Mustangs coach Joel Rankin said. “They are a scrappy team that really competes.”
The Tigers added a 22-point third quarter, but were outscored by DC-G 19-9 in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Nick Drucker finished with 17 points, five steals and four assists for the Mustangs, while Austin Rix had 16 points, nine boards and two blocked shots. Andrew Kramer added 14 points and six assists, and both Chaz Chambers and Doug Heritage finished with six points and five rebounds.
“I’ve been pleased with how team-oriented and unselfish we are,” Rankin said. “We play a lot of kids, have good chemistry and like being together.”
Essy finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals to lead the Tigers. Hardy added 11 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, and Jackson VerWoert added six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
The DC-G boys added a 76-58 win over Newton on Tuesday, while A-D-M came up short in a 67-61 decision at Perry.
Rix accumulated a game-high 22 points for the Mustangs, while Drucker added 15 and Heritage 12.
The Tigers were led by a 14-point game from Essy. VerWoert hit a trio of 3s and finished with 12 points, and both Joe Sloss and Robby Sloss finished with nine points. Hardy added eight.
The A-D-M girls fell to the Bluejays 56-36. Madi Bertman scored nine points, while Jacobsen and Sydney Bertman each contributed seven.