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Dodgers host Johnston

November 22, 2007
By CHRIS JOHNSON, Assistant Sports Editor
For the second consecutive contest the Fort Dodge girls basketball team will face a ranked opponent, but that’s something the Dodgers will have to get used.

Fort Dodge (0-1 overall) will face six ranked foes before the Christmas Break.

Tonight the 14th-ranked Dodgers will host 12th-ranked Johnston (0-1) tonight at 7 p.m. in the Dodger gym.

In Wednesday’s opener the Dodgers stood toe-to-toe with second-ranked Des Moines East on the road. Fort Dodge had cut a once 15-point margin to just five with a little over two minutes remaining in the contest.

The highly-ranked Scarlets proved to be too much for the Dodgers, earning a 65-52 victory.

‘‘We scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and we did that there,’’ said FDSH head coach Kim Vaughn. ‘‘We kept it close with them (DM East) and made a great comeback.

‘‘We know the potential is there and we just have to keep it at the same level of play.’’

Tristan O’Brien led the Dodger scoring attack with 21 points on 10 of 17 shooting. Baileigh O’Brien was next in line with 10 points.

Against a somewhat smaller Dragon team, Vaughn his hoping the O’Brien sister tandem can play a big role in the contest.

‘‘We have to keep Baileigh inside,’’ Vaughn said. ‘‘She needs to be in the post so she can score. They (Baileigh and Tristan) need to work together.

‘‘When we have those two down there, it’s a threat.’’

Johnston opened the season with 48-30 loss to 10th-ranked Waukee.

Vaughn is hoping that the Dodgers get on track at home against another talented opponent.

‘‘It will be nice to play at home,’’ Vaughn said. ‘‘They are pretty comparable to us.

‘‘We just have to stay on top and not letdown. In the second half, we didn’t and we just need to get to that level.’’

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