Big second half carries FD girls

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Beth Murman of Fort Dodge shoots around Marshalltown Grace Metzger on Tuesday


After struggling through a scoring drought in the second period, the Fort Dodge girls flipped a switch to start the second half and pulled away from Marshalltown for a 53-38 win in the Dodger gym last night.

Fort Dodge (3-9 overall and 2-3 in the CIML Iowa Conference) scored just two points in the second period after taking a big lead in the first quarter. That let Marshalltown (1-10, 0-5) pull back to within five points at the intermission.

However, the Dodgers went on a 26-4 run in the third quarter, scoring the first 13 points of the frame, to beat Marshalltown for the second time this year.

The Dodgers won 55-25 earlier in in Marshalltown.

“There was no magic play. We just talked about going out and doing our job,” said Dodger coach Julius Michalik. “We talked about raising our intensity. Our guards really played well in the third quarter and that helped us put the game out of reach.”

Shareece Smith led Fort Dodge with 21 points, including 13 in the second half. Beth Murman added 14 and Raeya Love 11. Murman had a dozen in the second half.

“Marshalltown didn’t do anything different. It was just our focus,” said Michalik. “Sometimes, against teams like this we don’t concentrate. But we stepped up in that third quarter.”

Marshalltown was led by Erica Johnson with 17 points. Madison Finch added 11.

The Dodgers led 16-7 after the first period, but made just one basket on 14 attempts in the second period. They missed their first eight shots of the quarter. That allowed the Bobcats to get within 18-13 at the break.

Smith scored five straight to start the third then Love and Murman hit three-point baskets and it was 29-13. A steal and basket by Smith pushed it to 31-13 before the visitors could score.

The Dodgers then got a three and a bucket from Murman and two free throws by Smith and it was 38-15 with 2:39 left in the third.

Fort Dodge scored the final six points of the frame as well to lead 44-17 heading into the final period.

Marshalltown made it close in the fourth with a 13-2 run to start the frame, but the Dodgers matched them in points down the stretch as Michalik played his entire bench.

The Bobcats were just 14 of 40 from the floor (35 percent). They also committed 29 turnovers to just nine for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers return to action Friday at Johnston, ranked 7th in Class 5A. The Dragons were 10-1 going into last night’s game against Mason City.


Fort Dodge – Raeya Love 5-10 0-0 11, Shareece Smith 7-16 5-5 21, Beth Murman 6-14 0-0 14, Taelor Lessmeier 0-4 0-2 0, Liza Van Zyl 1-3 0-0 2, Olivia Camamo 0-2 0-0 0, Jacy Daniel 0-4 0-0 0, Ebonee Altman 1-1 0-0 2, Morgan Beisch 0-2 0-0 0, Tatum Lundberg 0-1 0-0 0, Makla Naylor 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 21-48 5-7 53.

Marshalltown – Erica Johnson 5-12 7-8 17, Kyra Feldman 2-4 0-2 4, Madison Finch 5-11 1-2 11, Kassandra Vest 0-6 0-1 0, Grace Metzger 2-5 1-2 6, Gabrielle Hines 0-2 0-0 0, Aida Almanza 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-40 9-15 38.

Three-point shots: Fort Dodge 6-27 (Love 1-4, Smith 2-7, Murman 2-5, Lessmeier 0-3, Van Zyl 0-1, Camamo 0-1, Daniel 0-3, Beisch 0-1, Lundberg 0-1, Naylor 1-1); Marshalltown 1-1 (Metzger 1-1). Quarter scores: Fort Dodge led 16-7, 18-13, 44-17. Total fouls: Fort Dodge 16, Marshalltown 9.