It’s that time of year again when Iowa High School girls’ basketball teams find out their postseason paths in attempt to reach the hallowed grounds of the state tournament.
In the Class 2A world, the Van Meter girls’ basketball team, currently resting with a 13-4 record, rests in the Region 7 bracket. The Bulldogs will begin their postseason run on Tuesday, Feb. 12. They are among eleven teams in their bracket including Class 2A’s seventh ranked Panorama Panthers, Madrid, Woodward-Granger, Nodaway Valley, ACGC, Southwest Valley, Ogden, South Hamilton, Dike-New Hartford, Earlham, and West Central Valley. Van Meter has the third best record out of the group of 12 behind Dike-New Hartford (14-2) and Panorama (16-1).
Within the Class 4A ranks, Dallas Center-Grimes, one of the top two teams in the Little Hawkeye Conference, will take on their postseason path in the Region Two bracket. The 14-5 Fillies will be among five other teams in Region Two including Winterset, Glenwood, Harlan, seventh ranked Denison-Schleswig, and tenth ranked Lewis Central. The Fillies will be involved in one of two first round Region Two games as they host Winterset on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Should the Fillies defeat the Lady Huskies, they would travel to Denison to battle Denison-Schleswig on Saturday, Feb. 16. Their first round match up against Winterset will commence at 7 p.m.
That same day, Wednesday, Feb. 13, the ADM girls basketball team will also beginning their postseason run. They reside in Class 4A’s Region 8 alongside Carlisle, Knoxville, Norwalk, Grinnell, and Pella. ADM, resting with a record of 12-7, will be hosting conference foe Carlisle. The Tigers currently have the lead in the season series after besting them back on Dec. 11 by a 67-37 final. ADM’s match-up with Carlisle will begin at 7 p.m.
Within Class 5A, the seventh ranked Waukee Warriors will reside in the Region 7 bracket along with Linn-Mar, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Iowa City West, and Des Moines Lincoln. Waukee’s path to the coveted state tournament will begin on Saturday, Feb. 16 when they welcome in the Des Moines Lincoln girls basketball team. The setting will take place at the Waukee Field house in Waukee. Waukee and Des Moines Linocln have already squared off once before in the 2018-19 season back on Jan. 8. It was then when the Warriors posted up their second highest scoring total of the season with 103 points, a feat that had not happened in several years prior. It was the most efficient free throw shooting night of the season for Waukee who went a near perfect 30-of-31 from the charity stripe that night. Should the Warriors best Des Moines Lincoln for the second time this season, they would remain at home for the remainder of bracket play which would occur on Tuesday, Feb. 19.