Dike-New Hartford found its shooting touch just in time to win a state championship. Shackled for three quarters by Maquoketa Valley’s zone defense, the Wolverines outscored the Wildcats 22-9 in the fourth to claim a 47-42 victory in a battle of unbeaten teams and win the Class 2A state championship. Dike-New Hartford rallied from 11 points down in the third quarter to grab the lead early in the fourth quarter, then survived some shaky free throw shooting down the stretch.
Taya Tucker led Maquoketa Valley with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Ella Imler scored 11 and Kylie Chesnut added nine. Tucker hurt Dike-New Hartford with a big first half, making 5-of-6 shots, but the Wolverines held her scoreless over the final two quarters.
Tucker and Imler, were named to the all-tournament team as the Wildcats end the season 25 and 1