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No. 1 MC too much for FD girls

December 15, 2012
By JOSH MEYER sports@messengernews.net

It's back to the drawing board again for the Fort Dodge girls basketball team.

Falling for a fifth straight game, the Dodgers (2-5 overall, 0-2 CIC Northern Division) dropped a 62-20 decision to top-ranked (Class 5A) Mason City Friday night at the FDSH gym.

Unable to climb out of an early hole, the Dodgers committed a season-high 44 turnovers against the relentless Mohawk full-court defensive pressure, including 29 in the first half. Fort Dodge made only 8 of 22 field-goal attempts compared to 24-for-62 for Mason City (6-1, 2-0).

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"The game got away from us because of all our turnovers," FDSH head coach Scott Timmerman said. "(Mason City) caused some of our struggles with their aggressive play, but we also had too many self-inflicted mistakes. I think some of the travels we had are definitely correctable, though."

Tiana Mericle, a 6-foot-1 junior, sparked the Dodgers with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting. She also grabbed six rebounds.

"Mericle knocked down her shots and did a good job on the boards for us," said Timmerman. "On the defensive end, she also challenged (the Mohawks) to get easy looks, especially at the start of the game."

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MASON CITY 62,

FORT DODGE 20

Mason City - Morgan Vorba 4-7 3-4 12, Jadda Buckley 5-15 4-4 14, Makenzie Meyer 3-4 0-0 6, Myah Mellman 2-6 3-3 7, Cortni Rush 4-9 0-0 10, Nicolle Hewitt 0-2 0-0 0, Allison Scott 2-7 0-0 5, Lexy Pederson 3-5 0-4 6, Trisha Noterman 0-4 0-0 0, Molli Koehler 0-1 0-0 0, Kendall Cornick 0-1 0-0 0, McKenna Whitehill 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 24-62 10-11 62.

Fort Dodge - Lexi Astor 0-1 1-4 1, Lani Van Zyl 0-2 1-2 1, Ashley Altman 1-3 1-2 4, Mallory Kilian 2-6 0-0 4, Tiana Mericle 4-5 0-0 8, Mariah Welter 1-1 0-0 2, Rachel Herrington 0-1 0-0 0, Kari Grindberg 0-2 0-0 0, Fatima Newsome 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Ashton Pederson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 8-22 3-8 20.

Quarter scores: Mason City led 15-5, 38-10, 54-17. Three-point goals: Mason City 4-20 (Vorba 1-1, Buckley 0-2, Meyer 0-1, Mellman 0-4, Rush 2-4, Hewitt 0-2, Scott 1-4, Pederson 0-1, Noterman 0-1). Fort Dodge 1-4 (Astor 0-1, Van Zyl 0-2, Altman 1-1). Total rebounds: Mason City 32, Fort Dodge 24. Turnovers: Mason City 12, Fort Dodge 44. Total fouls: Mason City 12, Fort Dodge 13.

Sophomore Mallory Kilian and junior Ashley Altman each added four points for Fort Dodge, which has now lost seven straight meetings against rival Mason City since the 2007-08 season.

"In the first four minutes, we showed flashes of our potential (FDSH trailed 9-5 with 2:27 left in the opening frame), but we just couldn't overcome our offensive woes," Timmerman said. "I thought physically we could compete, but (the Mohawks) are a well-oiled machine, and we're not at that level yet."

Fort Dodge, which fell behind 15-5 at the end of the first quarter, endured a lengthy drought of 11:07 without a field-goal before the break. The Dodgers were also outscored 23-5 in the second period.

"We told the girls before the game that not many teams in all of Iowa get to face No. 1," said Timmerman. "This was a chance for us to rise to the occasion, or be a deer in headlights. Our effort was there, but we failed to execute."

With future Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly in attendance, senior point guard Jadda Buckley delivered a game-high 14 points, seven assists and seven steals for the two-time defending 4A state quarterfinalist Mohawks.

Morgan Vorba (12) and Cortni Rush (10) were the other top offensive performers for Mason City, who has reeled off four straight victories after suffering their lone blemish to then-No. 2 (4A) Bloomington Kennedy (Minn.).

In their six wins this season, the Mohawks have now outscored their opponents by an average margin of 37.2 points.

Next action for the Dodgers is Tuesday when they host fifth-ranked (5A) Ankeny (5-3). The reigning 4A state runner-up Hawkettes knocked off previously unbeaten and No. 4 Des Moines East Friday, 53-44.

 
 

 

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