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Strong tests for Dodgers

December 11, 2012

The Fort Dodge basketball teams are hoping to bounce back after disappointing losses this past week.

The Dodger girls (2-3 overall, 0-1 Central Iowa Conference) will have a tough task ahead, traveling to No. 3 Waukee (4-0) tonight and hosting No. 1 Mason City (4-1, 1-0) on Friday.

The Fort Dodge boys (1-3, 0-1) will also face the Warriors (2-2) and the Mohawks (2-2, 0-1).

Girls game is set to tip at 6:15 p.m. while the boys will follow at approximately 7:45 p.m.

The Dodger boys are coming off a heartbreaking 53-52 loss to the Bobcats and are hoping to bounce back.

"First and foremost we have to get on the court,'' said Fort Dodge head coach Tom Daniel. "The quicker we get back on the court to erase that memory and get moving forward.

"I think we competed pretty well against Dowling and had the game won against Marshalltown. I have to give them credit for winning, but we almost feel like we gave that game to them.''

Tonight the Dodgers will face Waukee, who is led by sophomore Michael Jacobson (11.0). Nate Gehring (8.5) is right behind.

"Waukee is a big challenge and they're a lot like Dowling,'' Daniel said. "They're taller than us and we need to compete, regardless of how much taller they are.

"If we shoot the ball with success, we'll be around.''

On Friday the Dodgers will host the Mohawks, who are led by three players in double figures.

Junior Matt Meyer has had a strong start to the season, scoring 52 in his first two contests. Meyer had 35 in his opening contest against Forest City.

Junior Matt Danielson is averaging around 10 points a game. He's coming off a 19 point effort against Ames.

"He's a guy we have to pay attention to (Danielson),'' Daniel said. "We're home against a rival and we can't drop games like that. We just need to start getting wins.''

The Dodgers are led in scoring from junior JC Hatcher (17.5). Andrew Stover (8.5), Blake Wilder (8.0) and Tyler Vaughn (7.5) are right behind.

"This is a character test,'' Daniel said. "We're not going to be perfect, but we're moving in the right direction.

"We don't want to limp into the break, we have to build positive momentum.''

The Dodger girls will have an uphill battle win they face two teams with a combined record of 8-1.

The Warriors have three players averaging double figures. They're led by Britney Boland (13.3), Taylor Wingert (12.3) and Ashley Daising (10.0).

"We talked about how we performed against them last year,'' said Fort Dodge head coach Scott Timmerman. "We have to play a complete four quarters and have our effort level high.

"We're not a finish product yet and we need to see what kind of improvements we are making. Waukee is a better rebounding team. We just have to put bodies on them.

The Mohawks also have three players in double figures. Jadda Buckley is scoring at a 13.6 clip, followed by Makenzie Meyer (11.0) and Myah Mellman (10.8).

"Mason City's talent level is very high,'' Timmerman said. "They have a great freshman player (Mellman) that is very good.

"They're very physical and strong."

The Dodgers are led in scoring by sophomore Lani Van Zyl (10.8). Lexi Astor (8.2), Mallory Killian (7.4), Ashley Altman (6.4) and Tiana Mericle (5.2) are right behind."



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