GRUNDY CENTER — Eighth-ranked Grundy Center surged ahead at the end of the third quarter and held off Aplington-Parkersburg 53-42 Friday night in a Class 2A girls’ regional basketball semifinal.
Aplington-Parkersburg, which finished its season 14-8, led 18-17 at halftime and the game was tied 28-28 with a minute to go in the third quarter before Grundy Center went on a 7-2 run to take a lead it didn’t give up.
The Spartans hit 12 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter and got a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds from Hailey Wallis.
Grundy Center will take a 15-game winning streak into Monday’s regional final against Pekin in LeGrand. Pekin, ranked 13th, knocked out Pella Christian Friday, 45-37.
DIKE-NEW HARTFORD 52, CENTRAL SPRINGS 45: Ninth-ranked Dike-New Hartford got a big game from Ellie Foster and advanced to a regional final showdown against top-ranked North Linn.
Foster poured in 29 points for the Wolverines (22-2), who led just 20-17 at halftime but took control in the third period. Baylee Petersenhad seven rebounds, Morgan Weber had six rebounds and Katie Knock had four assists for D-NH, which tied the school record for wins in a season.
The Wolverines take a 14-game winning streak into Monday’s go-to-state game in Jesup against top-ranked and unbeaten North Linn.
JANESVILLE 56, IOWA VALLEY 14: Janesville left no doubt in its regional semifinal against Iowa Valley, pitching a first-quarter shutout and bolting to a 40-5 halftime lead.
Briana Baker-Bruce had 14 points, eight assists and eight steals for the 14th-ranked Wildcats (21-2), who earned a matchup against top-rated Springville in Monday’s regional final. Springville defeated Marquette Catholic 48-23.
GRUNDY CTR. 53, APL.-PARK. 42
APLINGTON-PARKERSBURG (14-8) — Jenna Bruns 7, Megan Johnson 2, Maddie Waller 4, Sophia Jungling 2, Gabbi Kampman 3, Avari Everts 6, Ainsley Brungard 2, Jaycie Ellis 9, McKenna Oldenburger 7.
GRUNDY CENTER (21-1) — Reegan Zinkula 4, Hailey Wallis 17, Sydney Mathews 5, Cora Saak 9, Kylie Willis 7, Brooke Flater 11.
DIKE-NH. 52, CENT. SPRINGS 45
CENTRAL SPRINGS (17-6) — Kaylee Parks 24, Anna Dietrich 6, Hannah Ausenhus 1, Morgan Kelley 14.
DIKE-NEW HARTFORD (22-2) — Ellie Foster 29, Sydney Petersen 3, Baylee Petersen 8, Morgan Weber 5, Katie Knock 7.
JANESVILLE 56, IOWA VALLEY 14
IOWA VALLEY (13-11) — Cherrise Ward 6, Caleigh Smith 2, MaKenna Keim 2, Cassity Havens 4.
JANESVILLE (21-2) — Grace Hovenga 4, Kennedy Meister 9, Lily Liekweg 4, Alisa Bengen 4, Bailey Hoff 11, Kennedy Rieken 5, Briana Baker-Bruce 14, Natalie Dirks 5.