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No. 1 Waukee remains unbeaten

Top-ranked Waukee lived up to its billing in the Dodger gym on Tuesday night, but Fort Dodge head coach Tom Daniel is more worried about his squad and getting the little things right.

The Warriors (9-0 overall) placed three players in double figures as they completed the season sweep of the Dodgers on Tuesday, 76-40.

Daniel wasn’t as concerned about the end result as controllable effort plays, like boxing out and running sets, as the season hits the home stretch.

“We have to take better care of the little things,” Daniel said. “We have to compete more consistently on both ends of the court, and focus on the issues that aren’t dictated by talent or athleticism.”

It wasn’t an easy task for the Dodgers last night, as they had to defend arguably two of the best wing players in the state. Juniors Payton Sandfort and Tucker DeVries have a combined 10 Division I basketball offers between the two of them.

Sandfort, a 6-foot-7 small forward, has offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Utah, Loyola, Drake and Air Force. DeVries, who stands 6-6, is getting official looks from Creighton, Drake, South Dakota State and Air Force.

The formidable duo was a strong force for the Warriors, scoring a combined 37 points in the victory.

Sandfort had a game-high 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting. He was also 5 of 5 from the free throw line. DeVries was 5-for-9 from the field and 5 of 8 from the charity stripe for 16 points.

The Waukee duo combined for 26 points in the first half as the Warriors built a 44-19 advantage. Waukee jumped out of the gate with an 11-3 edge in the first 90 seconds of game action.

Lincoln Swanson also reached double figures with 10 points.

“They shoot the ball extremely well,” Daniel said. “They extend the ball, and when you try to defend, that they pound it down low.

“We didn’t do a good enough job of slowing them down, but that’s easier said than done.”

Fort Dodge senior Tysen Kershaw had a strong first half for the Dodgers, scoring 10 of his 12 points. Kershaw was 3-for-6 from the floor and banked in a three-pointer as the first-half buzzer went off.

Monterius Altman-Abrams had seven points, and D’Arien Calahan had five for the Dodgers.

“We have six straight home games now and we need to correct our mistakes as we move on,” Daniel said.

The Dodgers are back in action on Friday when they host rival Mason City.

WAUKEE 76, FORT DODGE 40

Waukee — Tucker DeVries 5-9 5-8 16, Payton Sandfort 7-12 5-5 21, Pryce Sandfort 2-4 0-0 5, Wyatt Heston 1-5 0-0 3, Lincoln Swanson 4-4 2-4 10, Mason Myers 2-2 2-2 6, Joseph Lindholm 0-3 0-0 0, Blake Papenberg 1-2 0-0 3, Connor Soethout 0-0 1-2 1, Ryan Cose 2-2 0-0 6, KyShawn VanDis 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Jacobi 0-0 0-0 0, Nathan Holstrom 1-2 0-0 2, Braden Menz 1-1 0-0 3, Justin Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-46 16-24 76.

Fort Dodge — Asle Thorson 1-4 0-0 2, Tysen Kershaw 3-6 3-4 12, Monterius Altman-Abrams 3-6 0-0 7, Avery Martin 1-3 0-2 2, Dayson Clayton 1-8 0-0 2, Jaheim Clayton 0-4 0, D’Arien Calahan 2-3 0-0 5, Brycen Bell 1-1 0-0 2, Ashton Hage 1-3 0-0 3, Nolan Daniel 0-3 0-0 0, Sam Daniel 1-1 0-0 3, Drake Callon 1-2 0-0 2, James Daniel 0-1 0-0 0, Carson Peterson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 15-47 3-6 40.

Quarter scores: Waukee led 24-7, 44-19, 61-25; Three-point goals: Waukee 8-22 (Cose 2-2, Payton Sandfort 2-6, DeVries 1-4, Pryce Sandfort 1-3, Heston 1-4, Papenberg 1-2, Holstrom 0-1); Fort Dodge 5-13 (Kershaw 1-1, Altman-Abrams 1-1, Calahan 1-1, Hage 1-3, Dayson Clayton 0-3, Nolan Daniel 0-2, Peterson 0-1; Turnovers: Waukee 2, Fort Dodge 10; Total fouls: Waukee 9, Fort Dodge 15.

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