This was not how it was supposed to end for the Dallas Center-Grimes Fillies basketball team.
The top seed in the regional, DC-G should have been playing Wednesday at the State Tournament, sending its seniors out at Wells Fargo Arena. Instead, the season and the high school careers of five seniors came to an abrupt end Tuesday night in a 32-30 loss to Boone.
"I mean, we held a very good team to 32 points," DC-G coach Adam Jones said. "We played a great defensive game. We put ourselves in a great position to win, and we just couldn't make shots in the second half.
"We had our opportunities, but we just tell them how proud of them we are. We have a group of seniors that have been very instrumental to the program, and we just need to thank them and celebrate them."
The Fillies, after giving up the lead in the first quarter, seemed to have the answers heading into halftime. DC-G lead 23-16 at the break and had plenty of confidence going into the locker room.
"Anytime you play a game to go to state, it's going to be tight," said Jones. "We were happy with where we were. Defensively, we were playing great. Offensively, we were making shots."
The second half was a stark difference. The Fillies put away seven points between the final 16 minutes, with the lone bucket of the half coming in the third quarter. Boone came back and forced DC-G to make shots, but the Fillies were not able to do so.
With 17 seconds left and the game tied at 30, Boone inbounded the ball and wanted to run a drive to the hoop for the last shot of the game. Jones said he felt confident in his defense that he had on the floor.
"I thought we were playing great defense," he said. "I thought we had them right where we wanted them, and they snuck a pass through there.
"It looked to me like we were heading to overtime. The defensive team we had in there was the team we wanted. Boone made a play."
Boone's Caitlynne Shadle was trapped along the baseline in a triple team, but squeezed a pass through to Claire Sandvig. Her jumper hit the backboard and splashed through as the buzzer sounded to end the game."
One of the major seniors to make an impact was Rachel Lowary. She finished with half of DC-G's 30 points, knocking home 12 in the first half before scoring three of the Fillies' four fourth-quarter points.
The losses ends the season and career for the Fillies. The senior class compiled a 67-25 record over the course of the last four years, making the Regional Final in three of the four years and adding a State appearance in 2013-14. The Fillies were ranked in 10 of the 11 rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union this season, reaching as high as eighth in the state (preseason ranking).