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Fillies, Mustangs power past Pella

Sam Martin • DCN Paige Lowary (left) and Jackie Peyton of Dallas Center-Grimes trap Pella’s Jacquelyn Sunderman during the teams’ Little Hawkeye Conference meeting on Tuesday in Grimes. The Fillies held off a second-half comeback to win, 66-54.-Buy Photo
Sam Martin • DCN Paige Lowary (left) and Jackie Peyton of Dallas Center-Grimes trap Pella’s Jacquelyn Sunderman during the teams’ Little Hawkeye Conference meeting on Tuesday in Grimes. The Fillies held off a second-half comeback to win, 66-54.-

Dallas Center-Grimes captured a Little Hawkeye Conference sweep over Pella on Tuesday.

The girls held off a handful of Lady Dutch rallies to prevail 66-54, while the boys rallied in the second half for a 66-61 win.

The Fillies sank 7-of-8 free-throw attempts in the final 3 minutes while keeping Pella off the scoreboard in that time frame to ride out the victory.

Dani Heritage’s second 3-point play late in the third quarter put DC-G up 50-38, but Pella rallied with a 9-0 run to pull within five. They would get as close as four points, but a pair of free throws from Heritage and a big 3-pointer by Allie O’Brien swung the momentum back to DC-G’s side.

“It was a great team effort tonight,” DC-G coach Mike Levenhagen said. “We got up, they came back and we weathered the storm. That’s what you need down the stretch.”

Heritage and forward Lexi Rosa combined for 41 points. Heritage poured in 21 and Rosa added 19, 10 of which came in the first quarter alone.

“This is my 13th or 14th year and we’ve never had a post presence, a go-to person, and that’s what we have now,” Levenhagen said of Rosa, a junior. “I don’t think she’s even reached her ceiling yet, she’s still getting better. She’s very strong.”

O’Brien finished with 15 points and Jackie Peyton added seven as the Fillies improved to 14-2 and won their 10th game in a row.

The Mustangs got a team-high 21 points from Doug Heritage, who knocked down four 3-pointers and added five assists and five rebounds as DC-G handed Pella its first loss in the last eight games. Andrew Kramer added 15 points. Nick Drucker, the Class 3A leader in steals and assists, finished with 12 points, five assists and seven boards, and Austin Rix added seven points and five blocks.

“They are very explosive and keep coming,” coach Joel Rankin said of Pella. “We stayed with it and played with resolve after being down seven in the third and six in the fourth. It was a big win for us.”

The teams also swept Pella Christian on Jan. 24, with the Fillies winning 58-45 and the Mustangs winning 76-45. O’Brien finished with 16 points and five rebounds for the Fillies, while Dani Heritage added 15 points and seven boards and Selena Nolte seven points.

The Mustangs outscored Pella Christian 24-8 in the second quarter and never looked back. Drucker finished with 24 points and four assists, Doug Heritage hit five 3s and finished with 20 points and Kramer had 11 points and six assists.

The teams travel Friday to Norwalk before returning home to host Newton on Feb. 4.

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