Dowling Girls’ Basketball Defeats Archrival Valley with Half-Court Buzzer Beater

The Dowling girls’ basketball team is on fire coming off of a last minute victory to West Des Moines Valley

Caroline Schultz, Staff Writer

The Dowling Catholic girls’ basketball team continued its two game winning streak with a win over West Des Moines Valley Tuesday night. The Maroons toppled Valley 51-48, courtesy of junior Emma Gipple’s (11) half-court buzzer beater to secure the victory.


Gipple not only hit the game winning shot, but she also tied for highest scorer and snagged the most rebounds. Gipple was the sole member of her team to score in the double digits.


When Lexi Boles (12) fouled out near the end of the fourth quarter, Gipple knew they had to finish the game before overtime.


“When our leading scorer, Lexi, fouled out of the game, I thought overtime would be difficult for us. We were really struggling at the end of the game to find a good shot, and when Valley had the possession with 2.5 seconds left, I knew the only chance we had was to get a steal and throw up a Hail Mary,” Gipple said.


With only a few seconds to grab a win, Gipple anticipated a special play would fall into her hands. 


“I don’t know why but I had a feeling I would be getting a half-court shot opportunity. When the play started and I got a steal, I knew in my head that I had a couple seconds to take one or two dribbles to put myself in a better position,” Gipple said.


Gipple’s positioning turned out to be just what the team needed to seal the deal against their rivals.


“Everything that happened after the shot was a blur. I remember my teammates surrounding me and cheering and I just couldn’t believe that was real. The excitement I felt was unreal and I was just so happy that we were able to pull off the win against our biggest rival in the state,” Gipple said.


Prior to Tuesday’s victory, the Lady Maroons were coming off back-to-back wins. Dowling rolled over Urbandale 65-34 and snatched a win against Ames last Friday, 62-50.


The Dowling girls basketball coach Kristen Myers attributed the success against Ames to the energy and technicality the Maroons brought to the court, as well as an incredible performance from Maddie Wishman (12).


“I was really happy with our pace of play, and we took care of the ball better. Tonight Maddie Wishman did a fantastic job, making eight 3-pointers. She’s a great shooter, and our team did a nice job of finding her,” Myers said.


The Maroons hit home court again on Tuesday, January 22. The tip off against the Ankeny Hawkettes is 5:00 PM.

Caroline Schultz’s article for the Des Moines Register