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FD girls can’t slow sixth-ranked Warriors

Fort Dodge head coach Scott Messerly has gotten used to playing the best teams in the state, but it’s also not getting any easier for the young Dodger squad.

On Tuesday night, it was sixth-ranked Waukee (10-1 overall) who won its seventh straight game, turning back the Dodgers (3-9) for the second time this season, 70-26.

“We didn’t value the basketball,” Messerly said. “We weren’t able to run our offense very well, and on defense, they were able to make easy shots and they run their offense well.”

Waukee’s height down low and three-point shooting outside was too much for the Dodgers, as three Warriors reached double figures. Waukee was 8-for-17 from three point range.

Down low, it was sophomore Reagan Bartholomew and junior Taryn Reitsma combining for 28 points. Bartholomew was 5-for-12 from the field with a game-high 15 points, and Reitsma was 6 of 11 with 13 points.

On the outside, it was Katie Dinnebier. The Waukee junior hit a trifecta of three-pointers and was 3 of 4 from the charity stripe. Junior Peyton Kelderman had nine points, and sophomore Abigail Jones came off the bench to add eight.

After leading 15-10, Waukee started to pull away from the Dodgers, going on a 22-0 run to build a 37-10 advantage late in the second quarter.

Fort Dodge sophomore Tory Bennett led the Dodgers with eight points. She had five in the first quarter on 3-for-7 shooting.

Junior Cheyenne Miller-Hameed conributed six points and sophomore Aleaha Pommer had five. Junior Tristin Doster pulled down nine rebounds for the Dodgers.

“Tristin did a good job on the boards,” Messerly said. “Haley Wills is our best defensive player and she did a good job against a tough opponent.

“Rachel Sporrer came off the bench and did a great job on the boards. Tory played well against a strong defensive team.”

Fort Dodge is back in action on Friday when they host Mason City as part of a seven-game home stretch.

WAUKEE 70, FORT DODGE 26

Waukee — Katie Dinnebier 4-7 3-4 14, Peyton Kelderman 4-8 0-0 9, Reagan Bartholomew 5-12 4-6 15, Megan Earney 1-3 0-0 3, Taryn Reitsma 6-11 1-3 13, Camryn Weers 1-2 0-0 2, Abigail Jones 3-6 0-0 8, Nire Barnes 0-1 0-0 0, Lily Lampe 1-2 0-1 2, Bailie Kroll 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Gallagher 1-1 2-2 4, Addison Steffy 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Lanz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-54 8-16 70.

Fort Dodge — Tory Bennett 3-7 1-2 8, Aleah Pommer 2-4 0-0 5, Cheyenne Miller-Hameed 2-9 0-0 6, Tristin Doster 1-3 0-3 2, Haley Wills 0-3 0-0 0, Jalen Adams 1-3 0-0 0, Ellie White 1-3 0-0 2, Rachel Sporrer 0-1 0-0 0, Lainey Maehl 0-2 0-0 0, Jacy Daniel 0-0 0-0 0, Paytene Hiveley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-36 1-5 26.

Quarter scores: Waukee led 20-10, 41-15, 58-24; Three-point goals: Waukee 8-17 Dinnebier 3-5, Jones 2-4, Kelderman 1-2, Bartholomew 1-2, Earney 1-2, Reitsma 0-2; Fort Dodge 5-13 (Miller-Hameed 2-3, Bennett 1-2, Pommer 1-1, Adams 1-3, White 0-1, Wills 0-2, Doster 0-1); Turnovers: Waukee 4, Fort Dodge 23; Total rebounds: Waukee26, Fort Dodge 20; Total fouls: Waukee 8, Fort Dodge 13.