FD girls give up just 9 points

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Kacee Gollob of Fort Dodge shoots earlier this season.

Fort Dodge boys basketball coach Tom Daniel challenges his team to hold its foes to single-digit quarters each time out.

He must have been proud of the effort of the Dodger girls Friday night. They held Marshalltown to single digits for a game.

The Fort Dodge girls continued to build on their best start to a season with a 60-9 thrashing over a struggling Marshalltown team in the Dodger gym.

Fort Dodge ran its mark to 6-3 with its second straight win to start the second half of the season. It’s the best start for the Dodgers since the 2007-08 team started 5-3.

“Well, I think we showed up to play, which is a good thing,” said Dodger girls head coach Julius Michalik. “We did the little things well. My hope is all these small things we do right we can carry over into our games next week.”

Michalik was able to clear his bench early and played 13 players. A dozen Dodgers scored, led by Maggie Harvey and Beth Murman with eight apiece. Kacee Gollob added seven. The Dodgers bench scored 33 of the Dodgers’ 60 points.

“Our bench played well and got some valuable experience,” said Michalik. “I was glad we got a comfortable lead so we could play everybody. Our bench played with some good intensity, which is good to see. When they get into a varsity game, we should be able to see a difference.”

Fort Dodge shot an even 50 percent, hitting 23 of 46 shots while holding Marshalltown (0-10) to just 11 percent shooting (4 of 35). The Bobcats also had 15 turnovers.

It’s not even the lowest output of the season for the Bobcats, who average just 22.8 points per game. They scored just a half a dozen in a 61-6 loss to Ankeny Centennial earlier this season.

Fort Dodge led 21-2 after the first period and then held Marshalltown to just a single point in the second frame to go ahead 36-3 at the break.

Maggie Harvey splashed a bucket 30 seconds into the third period and that triggered a continuous clock the rest of the way. Fort Dodge led 51-5 going into the final quarter.

Last night’s win was the largest margin of victory for the girls since a 73-17 victory over Des Moines North on Dec. 3 of 2013. The last time the Dodgers held a foe to this few points came in a 53-10 victory, also over Des Moines North on Nov. 27 of 2012.

Fort Dodge, which beat Marshalltown 52-18 earlier this season, ramps up the competition significantly next week. The Dodgers play three ranked teams, taking on No. 11 Southeast Polk Tuesday, No. 10 Johnston Friday and No. 9 Dowling Saturday in a three-game week.

Fort Dodge 60, Marshalltown 9

Fort Dodge — Shariah Smith 1-4 2-2 4, Shareece Smith 1-2 3-4 6, Maggie Harvey 3-7 2-2 8, Taelor Lessmeier 2-3 0-0 5, Liza Van Zyl 1-4 2-4 4, Kacee Gollob 3-6 1-2 7, Beth Murman 4-6 0-0 8, Aleah Sherman 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Camamo 2-2 0-0 4, Raeya Love 2-3 0-1 5, Morgan Beisch 1-2 0-0 3, Juliet Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Justice Crooks 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 23-46 10-15 60.

Marshalltown — Erica Johnson 0-6 0-0 0, Aspen Chadderdon 1-7 1-2 3, Vanessa Ceren 0-3 0-0 0, Madison Finch 1-5 0-0 0, Mallory Henze 1-6 0-0 2, Vanessa Vergara 0-3 0-0 0, Luz Morciego 0-1 0-0 0, Alyvia Chadderdon 1-3 0-0 2, Nya Gatwech 0-1 0-0 0, Kyra Long 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 4-35 1-2 9.

Three-point shots: Fort Dodge 4-12 (Shariah Smith 0-3, Shareece Smith 1-2, Harvey 0-2, Lessmeier 1-1, Murman 0-1, Love 1-1, Beisch 1-1, Crooks 0-1). Marshalltown 0-2 (Aspen Chadderdon 0-1, Ceren 0-1).

Quarter scores: Fort Dodge led 21-3, 36-3, 51-5; Total fouls: Fort Dodge 12, Marshalltown 16.