Spartans girls dominate overtime, defeat D-NH

Jake Ryder

D-NH boys outrun Spartans
DIKE – A challenging start to the season for the Grundy Center girls basketball team was alleviated somewhat with a year-ending interconference victory over Dike-New Hartford, 55-45, in overtime on Friday, Dec. 22.
Hailey Wallis scored 16 points to lead the Spartans, with Reegan Zinkula adding 13 points and Kylie Willis putting in 12 points. The Spartans finished 2017 with an 8-1 record, ranked 11th in Class 2A by the IGHSAU.
"I'm really proud of our girls," Grundy Center coach Matt Lindeman said. "We controlled things for the most part. … We were able to handle some of their pressure, and after that settled in. This is a big win against a quality ball club and I'm proud of how we found a way in the fourth quarter."
Sydney Petersen scored 16 points for the Wolverines, with Morgan Weber contributing 13 points and Baylee Petersen notching 10 points. Weber added seven rebounds and six steals while Ellie Foster had a team-high eight assists.
The 2A No. 12 Wolverines fell to 8-2 overall heading into 2018, with an eight-game winning streak snapped by the Spartans.
"I thought we had a great stretch there trading points (in the fourth quarter) and we were able to go man-to-man against them and slug it out," D-NH head coach Bruce Dall said. "People definitely got their money's worth tonight."

SLIDESHOW: Grundy Center vs. Dike-New Hartford girls and boys basketball

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DIKE – Dike-New Hartford boys basketball got back on track before the end of the year with a 65-43 victory over Grundy Center in an inter-conference matchup on Friday, Dec. 22.
Colton Harberts led a quartet of Wolverines scoring in double figures with 19 points. Cade Fuller contributed 15 points, Tim Koop scored 13 points and Dane Fuller added 11 points for D-NH. The Wolverines finished 2017 with a 6-2 overall record and bounced back from a last-second loss to Wapsie Valley in the NICL East 2017 finale the previous Tuesday.
"We wanted to just forget about that and move on," D-NH head coach Greg Moore said. "We wanted a good finish going into break and the guys put it behind them and I thought they did a good job tonight."
Tanner Appel and Cale Hendricks scored 12 points each for the Spartans (1-8). Grundy Center head coach Joe Nelson made some lineup changes for Friday's game and was encouraged by the Spartans' strong start on Friday.
"I knew I had kids out there that I trusted to play hard," Nelson said. "At the same time, we need to execute and take care of the basketball. … Dike's a quick team, they get up and down the floor and we defended that at times and then at times, we didn't."
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