FDSH wins at buzzer
DES MOINES — With six seconds left in overtime on Tuesday, the Fort Dodge girls basketball team knew they only had one shot to come away with a victory.
The Dodgers inbounded the ball to Jalen Adams, who passed down court. Cheyenne Miller-Hammed went inside to Aleaha Pommer, who went back to Miller-Hameed.
The Dodger junior put up a shot as time expired that swished through the net, giving FDSH a dramatic 57-56 road victory over Des Moines East.
Miller-Hameed’s shot, from 15 feet out, sent the Dodger faithful into a frenzy.
“It was right at the buzzer,” FDSH head coach Scott Messerly said. “Chey tried to go inside to Aleaha, but the shot wasn’t there, so it came back out to her and she drained it.”
Fort Dodge (7-13 overall) was playing without point guard Tory Bennett, who has been battling the flu.
“It was a really nice win for us,” Messerly said. “We only traveled with nine and without Tory, so we knew some kids had to step up.”
Miller-Hameed was one of three Dodgers in double figures. She finished with a team-high 18 points. Aleaha Pommer had 15 and Jalen Adams added 14.
“The biggest thing was when we went into overtime, we had some tired kids,” Messerly said. “Cheyenne played the whole second half with three fouls. We did some nice things and the girls were scrappy. They didn’t give up.”
Rachel Pouk led Des Moines East with 22 points.
“Down the stretch Cheyenne and Aleaha played a lot of minutes,” Messerly said. “Rachel (Sporrer), Taelore (Presswood) and Lainey (Maehl) played some key minutes off the bench.
“Defensively we had to find Pouk, who played well. She only averages about eight or nine, but she had a big game.”
The Dodgers finish the regular season on Friday when they travel to Mason City.
FORT DODGE 57, DES MOINES EAST 56
Fort Dodge — Jalen Adams 14, Aleaha Pommer 15, Ellie White 4, Cheyenne Miller-Hameed 18, Tristin Doster 5, Taelor Presswood 2.
Des Moines East — Remmi Dyer 3, Brecklin Williams 6, Alea Hoof 15, Hannah Oleson 3, Rachel Puok 22, Lyric Sellers 6.