Settle the score

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Jordan Jackson of Fort Dodge puts up a shot against Mason City on Friday

It was a home game against their biggest rival — a team they beat by 20 points earlier in the season.

But the Fort Dodge boys never showed up here Friday night and dropped a disappointing 58-48 decision to Mason City in the FDSH gym.

The Dodgers, now 7-6 overall and 4-3 in the CIML Iowa Conference, had beaten Mason City 63-43 on Jan. 4. But last night, the Mohawks controlled the game almosts from start to finish to post just their third win of the season.

Mason City (3-11) came into Friday’s contest on a five-game losing streak, and had lost 11 of their last 12 overall.

“There’s no way to sugarcoat it: that was a bad loss,” said Dodger head coach Tom Daniel. “It wasn’t just the kids’ effort. The leadership starts with me. (Friday) wasn’t indicative of this team’s abilities.

“If I take credit for the wins, I have to take the blame for this loss.”

The Dodgers were just 18 of 46 from the floor for 39 percent. They were 3-for-14 from three-point range and they committed 12 turnovers.

“The first half we couldn’t get out of our own way,” said Daniel, whose team trailed 32-19 at the break. “We missed layups; we missed easy shots; we didn’t guard well; we turned the ball over. It got to the point where it was extremely frustrating. Nothing went right, but we didn’t do anything to make it go right.”

Jordan Jackson led the Dodgers with 17 points, including 15 in the second half when the Dodgers got back to within striking distance. Trey Mosley had 11 and Malcolm Clayton 10.

Jake Rood led Mason City with 15 points while Avery Mellman scored 12 and Jeff Skogen 11.

Mason City was efficient on offense, taking just 35 shots, but making 20. The Mohawks also were 15 of 23 at the free throw line.

“We are not a glamourous team. We win by playing good defense and doing the little things,” added Daniel. “We didn’t find the gaps and didn’t move the ball well. We were just not focused. I didn’t push the right buttons.”

Rood hit a three at the buzzer to end the first period and give the Mohawks an 11-8 lead. It was 14-12 with 6:54 left in the half, but the Dodgers went scoreless for nearly four minutes and Mason City led 24-12.

Clayton, who was held scoreless in the first quarter, got on the board with a three to cut it the lead to 28-17 with 2:05 left. Skogen added two buckets to counter another jumper by Clayton and it was 32-19 at the half.

The Dodgers held Mason City to just seven points in the third period, but only pulled to within seven at 39-32 with one quarter left.

Fort Dodge cut the lead down to three twice in the fourth quarter at 41-38 on back-to-back buckets by Jackson and again at 43-40 on a basket by Jackson. But Mason City scored seven straight to make it a 50-40 contest.

Mosley scored five straight for the Dodgers to make it 50-45 with 2:21 left, but that was a close as the Dodgers would get as the Mohawks closed out the game with three throws.

“We have some time to gather ourselves back together. We don’t play Tuesday. We just need everyone staying positive. We don’t want this loss to lead to two or three more,” said Daniel.

The Dodgers stay in Iowa Conference play next Friday hosting league-leading Dowling next Friday.

The Maroons were 10-3 heading into a game with Des Moines Roosevelt last night.

Dowling owns a 53-41 win over the Dodgers earlier this year.

Mason City 58,

Fort Dodge 48

Mason City — Dylan Miller 4-8 1-2 9, Jake Rood 4-5 5-6 15, Jordan Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Jeff Skogen 3-4 4-4 11, Avery Mellman 4-11 4-7 12, Jake Kaune 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Pappas 2-2 1-2 5, Jarvoius Toney 2-3 0-0 4, Brandon Hewett 1-1 0-2 2. Totals: 20-35 15-23 58.

Fort Dodge — Trey Mosley 3-10 4-4 11, Malcolm Clayton 4-11 1-2 10, Jace Peterson 0-2 0-0 0, Tysen Kershaw 0-2 4-4 4, Jordan Jackson 8-10 0-2 17, Aaron Porter 2-5 0-0 4, Grant Barber 0-0 0-0 0, Malik Lockman 0-1 0-0 0, Kaleb Jondle 0-4 0-0 0, Rodney Tilawen 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 18-46 9-12 58.

Quarter scores: Mason City led 11-8, 32-19, 39-32. Three-point shots: Mason City 3-8 (Miller 0-2, Rood 2-3, Skogen 1-2, Mellman 0-1); Fort Dodge 3-14 (Mosley 1-5, Clayton 1-4, Peterson 0-1, Jackson 1-1, Porter 0-1, Lockman 0-1, Jondle 0-1). Total fouls: Mason City 10, Fort Dodge 18.