AMES - Shooting woes plagued the Fort Dodge girls basketball team in a 72-49 setback to Ames on Friday night.
After trailing by just a single hoop at the break, the Dodgers (7-8 overall, 1-2 in the CIC Northern Division) were outscored 34-13 the rest of the way.
"We had a really good first half, and there were a number of times where we had the lead in the first quarter, but we just couldn't buy a bucket in the second half," said FDSH head coach Scott Timmerman. "If we didn't go cold with our shooting, it would've been a much more competitive finish.
"We actually turned the ball over less in the second half (Fort Dodge finished with 17 turnovers), but Ames hit seven of their 12 threes in the second half."
Sophomore Madi Bennett paced the Dodgers with 12 points, while junior Lani Van Zyl added 11. Bennett and Van Zyl combined to go 6-for-10 behind the arc.
"We'll take those kind of 3-point shooting percentages every night," Timmerman said. "Both teams shot a pretty even number of free throws (FDSH was 10 of 15 at the charity stripe compared to 12-for-14 for Ames).
Ames 72, Fort Dodge 49
Ames - Ryan Weiss 11, Emily Frisk 5, Hannah Mumm 3, Molly Sanders 18, DeJa McAtee 7, Kiana Peterson 14, Bailee
Jackson 2, JeAnn Hiraldo 9, Jamie Steyer 3.
Fort Dodge - Lani Van Zyl 11, Lexi Astor 5, Mallory Kilian 7, Justice Crooks 2, Madi Bennett 12, Ashley Altman 6, Tiana Mericle 6.
Quarter scores: Tied 15-15, A led 38-36, 55-41.
"We're definitely a quicker team, but there were several times where we didn't box out and their shooters got their own offensive rebounds. We just made a few too many mental errors."
Molly Sanders (18), Kiana Peterson (14) and Ryan Weiss (11) all scored in double figures for Ames (7-6, 1-1), which snapped a five-game losing streak.
Dating back to the 2006-07 campaign, Fort Dodge has now dropped 16 consecutive meetings against the Little Cyclones.
Next action for the Dodgers is Tuesday at second-ranked (Class 5A) West Des Moines Valley.