The Petersen twins simply were too much for Panorama and now they’ve got Dike-New Hartford back in in the Class 2A championship game for a shot at a second straight title.
Payton Petersen scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and twin Jadyn added 14 points and 10 rebounds to propel the top-seeded Wolverines past Panorama 67-23 in an impressive display of dominance around the basket.
And they had plenty of help. Ellary Knock hit a couple of 3-pointers and scored 13 points, Camille Landphair had seven points and five steals and Sophia Hoffmann contributed four points, five rebounds and seven assists.
The Wolverines (24-2) outrebounded fourth-seeded Panorama 43-24, piled up a 42-8 advantage in points in the paint and got 28 points off turnovers. They’ll try to make it two championships in a row at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
Panorama had a 12-game winning streak broken and finished with a school record for victories at 25-2. Payton Beckman led the Panthers with 14 points and eight rebounds. Jaidyn Sellers collected six rebounds and two steals for Panorama, which played in the semifinals for the second time in school history.
Dike-New Hartford jumped to an 11-0 lead in the first 3 ½ minutes and then stalled, missed its final 10 shots for the first quarter. Panorama took advantage and Beckman scored seven points in a 9-0 run that drew the Panthers to 11-9 at the end of the quarter.
But it didn’t stay close for long. The Wolverines outscored Panorama 45-14 over the middle two quarters and continued to add to their lead even after coach Bruce Dall cleared his bench.
The Petersens are trying to add to a championship and family legacy. They led Dike-New Hartford to the last two 2A volleyball championships; their older sisters, Baylee and Sydney, played on title-winning volleyball teams and their mother, Bobbi Petersen, was an outstanding athlete at Dike High School and has been the volleyball coach at Northern Iowa for 22 years.