The Fort Dodge boys and girls basketball teams will start 2013 at home, hosting Des Moines Roosevelt this evening.
Action starts with the girls contest at 6:15 p.m. The boys tip at approximately 7:45 p.m.
The Fort Dodge boys and head coach Tom Daniel are hoping the extended break between games has allowed his team a chance to heal up and become more accustom to one another.
"We were pretty basic at the beginning of the year, but the longer practices have given us a chance to work on some new things," Daniel said. "We've come a long way as a team and shown growth - now we need to get on the court and see where we are at."
The Dodgers (2-5 overall) split their final two before the holiday, defeating Mason City before falling to No. 9 (Class 4A) Ankeny.
JC Hatcher leads FDSH in scoring, posting 14.3 per game. Zach Martinson is averaging 10.8 since returning to the court four games ago.
Dodger Boys (2-5)
G JC?Hatcher, 6-1, jr., 14.3
G Andrew Stover, 5-10, jr., 8.6
G Tyler Vaughn, 6-4, sr., 7.7
F Blake Wilder, 6-3, jr., 7.9
F Zach Martinson, 6-5, jr., 10.8
Dodger Girls (2-6)
G Lani Van Zyl, 5-7, so., 9.1
G Ashley Altman, 5-10, jr., 6.6
F Lexi Astor, 5-9, jr., 6.5
F Mallory Kilian, 5-9, so., 6.4
C Tiana Mericle, 6-1, jr., 5.1
Roosevelt (6-1) has won six straight since opening the year with a loss to Dowling. The Roughriders are paced by senior Chris Bennett, who is posting 20 points and grabbing 8.6 boards a night.
Tate Larsen, another senior, is averaging 13.1, as Roosevelt is scoring 61.4 points per game and hitting 50-percent of its shots from the field.
"Bennett and Larsen are a tough duo," Daniel said. "Bennett killed us last year (when Roosevelt eliminated Fort Dodge from the postseason). He is the more well-known of the two, but Larsen has a tremendous knack for getting to the basket.
"Roosevelt is a tremendous rebounding team and we are going to have to box out and limit their second chances. If we don't, it's going to be a long night."
The Dodger girls (2-6) have dropped six consecutive since posting back-to-back victories. Lani Van Zyl leads them in scoring at 9.1, while Ashley Altman, Lexi Astor and Mallory Killian are all averaging six per.
Roosevelt (4-4) has picked up two straight wins and three of its last four. Sophomore Meredith Burkhall, a 6-foot-4 post player, is averaging just under 15 points on 67-percent shooting from the floor.