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Dodger girls suffer first loss

December 1, 2012
By The Messenger Sports staff ( , Messenger News

SIOUX CITY - The Fort Dodge girls basketball team suffered their first defeat of the season at Sioux City West Friday night, dropping a 62-48 decision.

The Dodgers (2-1 overall) committed a season-high 38 turnovers and shot just 26 percent from the field.

"We faced constant full-court defensive pressure all night," said FDSH head coach Scott Timmerman. "At times, we made some runs of our own, but we just could never really get much momentum. We knew coming in it was going to be a fast-paced and really physical game."

Sophomore Lani Van Zyl led the way for the Dodgers with 14 points, while classmate Mallory Kilian added 10 points and Tiana Mericle chipped in eight points and three blocks.

"Tiana had a pretty nice game and was active inside, which we like to see from her," Timmerman said. "Our defense also did a nice job at different times, but you can't afford to have any lapses or take plays off."

Cassie Geopfert (17), Sammie Birkes (14) and Tanya Meyer (14) sparked the balanced attack for the Wolverines (1-1), who racked up 29 turnovers of their own. Fort Dodge outrebounded West, 36-30.

Fact Box

Sioux City West 62, Fort Dodge 48

Sioux City West - Abby Gors 1, Sammie Birkes 14, Cassie Geopfert 17, Amanda Gors 7, Shantel Cross 6, Molly O'Neill 3, Tanya Meyer 14.

Fort Dodge - Lexi Astor 2, Lani Van Zyl 14, Mariah Welter 3, Kari Grindberg 4, Ashley Altman 7, Mallory Kilian 10, Tiana Mericle 8.

Quarter scores: SCW led 17-8, 32-19, 42-28.

"We know the competition isn't going to get any easier from here," said Timmerman. "We still have a lot of room for improvement."

The Dodgers return to the court Tuesday, hosting West Des Moines Dowling (1-0).



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