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VM girls off to 3-1 start

Mike Ketelsen/DCN Katie Agey is averaging 21 points per game this season, helping Van Meter to a 3-1 start.
Mike Ketelsen/DCN Katie Agey is averaging 21 points per game this season, helping Van Meter to a 3-1 start.

The Van Meter girls’ basketball team won its third game of the season with a 44-37 victory at Earlham on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs led 19-13 at the break, and outscored the Cardinals 17-13 in the fourth quarter to capture their first West Central Activities Conference victory of the season.

Katie Agey scored 21 points, but fouled out with 2 minutes left and the Bulldogs clinging to a two-point lead.

“The girls showed a lot of resilience to win the game without her,” coach Shawn Hyer said.

Caroline Maher scored seven points, Nicole Meyer added six and Mackenzie Roberts finished with five, including a big 3-pointer with a little under 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Van Meter also beat Interstate 35 42-31 on Monday, led by Agey, who recorded 24 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Meyer scored eight points and blocked two shots, Maher had seven points and four assists and Roberts had eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

The only blemish so far for the Bulldogs was a 65-64 loss at A-D-M on Nov. 26.

The back-and-forth battle ended in A-D-M’s favor, despite a 21-point effort from Agey, who added seven rebounds, six assists and seven steals. Roberts added 15 points and three blocked shots, and Abby Daly finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Chelsea Bright added six points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs’ season began with a 48-36 win over Saydel on Nov. 22. Agey hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and six steals. Roberts added nine points and nine rebounds, and Maher had seven points, six steals and four assists.

Van Meter hosts Martensdale-St. Marys on Thursday before traveling Dec. 9 to Madrid.

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