They’re no longer Raccoon River Conference foes, but A-D-M and Dallas Center-Grimes continued their rivalry on Tuesday in Adel.
The Fillies hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 28 seconds to hold off the Tigers 52-49. The DC-G boys completed the sweep in the second game, outscoring A-D-M 36-14 in the second half to coast to a 68-44 victory.
The DC-G girls’ team, which trailed by two at halftime, used a 10-1 run to start the third quarter. The rally was punctuated by back-to-back 3-pointers from Allie O’Brien, who was left open in the corner on successive plays.
A-D-M kept the game close, and eventually re-took the lead on a 3 by Molly Jacobsen with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter. But the Tigers didn’t score another basket until the closing seconds, while O’Brien and Dani Heritage hit on five of their final six free-throw attempts to widen the lead and escape Adel with their second win of the season.
O’Brien finished with a team-high 13 points. Paige Lowary scored 12, Heritage finished with 11 and Lexi Rosa scored six.
Sydney Bertman led a balanced Tiger scoring attack with a 14-point effort. Madi Bertman scored 11, Jacobsen finished with nine, Bri Mueller scored seven and Allie Cook six.
In the nightcap, the Mustangs clinged to a 32-30 lead at halftime, but outscored the Tigers 16-7 in the third quarter and 20-7 in the fourth. It was a far cry from the first half, during which a scrappy A-D-M squad twice rallied back from deficits. Jacob Hardy hit a trio of free throws and Robby Sloss added a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to give A-D-M a brief lead.
At the end of the second, Kyle Ferguson sank a 3 and Johnny Reel added a 3-point play, turning a six-point deficit into just two points at the break.
But DC-G took control in the second half, led by senior guard Nick Drucker, who scored a game-high 20 points. He added four rebounds, four assists and seven steals. Andrew Kramer added 12 points and Doug Heritage scored 10 points. Austin Rix finished with eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Both Reese IVersen and Blake Borchers scored five.
Hardy led the Tigers with a 10-point game. Reel scored eight points, Grant Goeden added six and both Ferguson and Jackson VerWoert scored five.
It was the Mustangs’ third straight win against A-D-M, after the Tigers dealt DC-G a 61-48 defeat to reach the state tournament in 2012.