The Van Meter girls trailed by 11 in the third period but rallied to down Panorama 39-38 in the regional finals to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2001.
Panorama led 15-9 after the first quarter and 21-12 at half. After Panorama extended the led to 11 early in the 3rd quarter Van Meter rallied to cut it to 28-24 at the end of the 3rd. Mackenzie Roberts hit a shot in the lane with 14 seconds left to give Van Meter the led 39-38 and the defense held on for the victory.
CJ Jones topped the scoring for the Bulldogs with 16 points. Jones made 4 second half 3’s to spark the Bulldogs. Mackenzie Roberts added 15 points while Emily Roberts had 6 and Chelsea Bright 2.
Panorama had beaten Van Meter twice earlier in the season. Both games went to overtime. With the win Van Meter improves to 21-3 on the year.
Van Meter plays second ranked Treynor Monday February 27th at 8:30 in the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.