While state wrestling dominated the conversation, the Van Meter boys basketball team was kicking off their playoff push in a home match-up against Woodward Academy Thursday, Feb. 20.
It was the second round of postseason action and it ended up being yet another win in the cap of the Bulldogs who bested the visiting Knights 65-45. The game began on quite the right note for the Bulldogs who soared to a 23-10 run across the first quarter. While Van Meter posted 12 points across the second quarter, they limited Woodward Academy to just nine points, the third-fewest points allowed in a second-quarter by the Bulldog defense.
The scoring picked up slightly with a combined 28-point third and fourth-quarter but only in that final quarter did the Knights outscore the Bulldogs. Overall, it was the senior pair of Parker Fryar and Anthony Potthoff to lead the way. Potthoff paced the team with 17 points scored while Fryar picked up ten points on the night. As a team, the Bulldogs shot an impressive 61 percent from the floor and 57 percent from the free-throw line. The 12 assists on the game mark one of their highest marks of the season and the 11 steals marked as a season-best.
Next up on the docket for the Bulldogs will be conference foe Woodward-Granger for the right to move on to the substate final. That battle will begin Feb. 25 at Dallas Center-Grimes High School at 7 p.m.