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DES MOINES — Dike-New Hartford went 9 minutes, 25 seconds without a field goal Wednesday in a 61-44 first-round state tournament loss to third-seeded Cascade at Wells Fargo Arena.

The dry spell didn’t completely doom the Wolverines (23-3), but it gave the Cougars (23-3) momentum they never gave up.

“That was it,” Wolverines head coach Bruce Dall said. “I can’t explain it because I thought we were getting good shots. That nine minutes, I just can’t explain it. It was just one of those things.”

The Wolverines missed 15 consecutive shots over that stretch, from the time Katie Knock hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in the first quarter to give D-NH a 19-15 lead until Morgan Weber hit a shot inside with 6:41 left in the third.

The Wolverines went from leading 21-15 to trailing 31-24 at half and then 34-24 at the time of Weber’s basket in the third.

Cascade outscored D-NH, 33-12, in the middle two quarters as the Wolverines hit just 2 of 24 shots in those periods. D-NH hit just 11 of 46 in the game (23.9 percent) and the Wolverines had eight shots blocked.

In fact, the final three quarters were not indicative of how well the Wolverines played in the first quarter when they hit 7 of 12 shots and led 19-15.

“That is how we played all year. If your feet are set and squared to the basket, let it go and that is what we do,” Dall said. “We didn’t get very many easy lay-ups and that is something we get quite a bit.

“But like you said, that nine-minute stretched killed us, and we were trying to play catch-up ball the rest of the time. That just wears you out.”

Cascade led 48-31 after three, but the Wolverines got a 3-pointer from Weber 18 seconds in and a pair of Knock free throws with 4:31 left to pull within 49-42.

Then with the score 51-44, the Wolverines had three straight empty possessions and before they could blink the Cougars had extended their lead back to double digits.

“Yeah, they got the momentum,” D-NH guard Sydney Petersen said. “We fought back, but it just wasn’t enough.”

It was a magical run for a team that knocked off No. 1 North Linn to reach the tournament and was making its first state tournament appearance since Dike won the 6-player title in 1988.

“From the beginning of the season it was to take one step at a time,” said Petersen, one of two senior starters for the Wolverines. “Our first goal was 20 wins, then conference champs and make it to state and go as far as we can. I think we accomplished everything we wanted.”

D-NH returns its three leading scorers — Ellie Foster, Weber and Knock — next season.

Cascade 61, Dike-N.H. 44

DIKE-NEW HARTFORD (23-3) — Ellie Foster 3-11 0-0 7, Sydney Petersen 1-7 2-2 5, Baylee Petersen 2-4 9-10 13, Morgan Weber 3-12 4-5 11, Katie Knock 2-10 2-2 7, Avery Coulter 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Wessely 0-0 0-0 0, Chloe Schipper 0-0 0-0 0, Allie Aalderks 0-0 0-0 0, Carlee Dove 0-2 1-2 1, Jill Eilderts 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Latwesen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-46 18-21 44.

CASCADE (23-3) — Nicole McDermott 7-10 6-7 20, Anne Ryan 3-7 0-0 8, Jordan Simon 1-5 4-4 7, Rachel Trumm 3-10 4-8 10, Abbie Ruggeberg 2-7 5-6 11, Skylar Dolphin 0-2 0-0 0, Zoe Ryan 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan McMullen 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Hannan 0-0 0-0 0, Meta Bergfeld 0-1 0-0 0, Maidson Gehl 1-1 0-0 2, Robyn Takes 0-0 0-0 0, Molly McElmeel 0-0 0-0 0, Abby Welter 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 18-45 20-27 61.

Dike-N.H. 19 5 7 13 — 44

Cascade 15 16 17 13 — 61

3-point goals — D-NH 4-20 (Foster 1-3, S. Petersen 1-6, Weber 1-3, Knock 1-8). Cascade 5-14 (Ruyan 2-5, Simon 1-2, Ruggeberg 2-5, Dolphin 0-2). Rebounds — D-NH 26 (Weber 7). Cascade 37 (Trumm 10). Assists — D-NH 6 (Foster 3). Cascade 6 (McDermott 2). Turnovers — D-NH 12 (Foster 3). Cascade 13 (A. Ryan 4). Total fouls — D-NH 17, Cascade 18. Fouled out — none.

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