Sharp-shooting Van Meter tops Earlham

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Mike Ketelsen/DCN Katie Agey scored 28 points in Van Meter'€™s 72-48 win over Earlham on Tuesday.

The Van Meter girls’ basketball team improved to 10-4 this season with a 72-48 victory over Earlham on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs were lethal from 3-point range, sinking 14 over the course of the game. Katie Agey made six, C.J. Jones sank five and Mackenzie Roberts added three.

Agey and Roberts each eclipsed the 20-point barrier. Agey finished with 28, Roberts tacked on 21, and Jones, who was 6-of-6 shooting and a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range, finished with 17. Caroline Maher racked up a season-high 10 assists.

Van Meter held a narrow four-point advantage at halftime, but outscored the Cardinals 40-20 in the second half. At one point, the Bulldogs made eight consecutive baskets, seven of which were 3-pointers.

“We shot the ball extremely well in the second half,” coach Shawn Hyer said. “The good shooting became contagious and the girls really played unselfishly.

“The 3-point shot is not necessarily the primary focus of our offense, but when we get good ball movement, it opens up our outside shooting,” he added. “We will need good shooting to contest the top teams in the conference and to succeed in the postseason.”

The Bulldogs shot just 21 percent from the field in a 70-41 loss to Des Moines Christian on Jan. 10.

Agey led with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Maher scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and three assists, and Nicole Meyer had six points and nine boards.

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