Another tough week for Fort Dodge teams
A busy week is ahead for the Fort Dodge basketball teams, who play three games in a five-day span starting on Tuesday.
The girls squad will begin with a trip to Ankeny Centennial tonight, followed by a home contest with Marshalltown on Friday and a road trip to face Waterloo West on Saturday. The boys meet Centennial and Marshalltown, then host Grand View Christian (7-1) on Saturday.
The Tuesday and Friday contests begin at 6:15 p.m. with the Dodger girls (2-5 overall, 1-4 CIML Iowa Conference). The Dodger boys (1-5, 0-5) will tip at approximately 7:45 p.m.
On Saturday, the boys game is at 5:30 in the FDSH gym. The girls start at 6:30 in Waterloo.
The girls have dropped two straight decisions after a win over Carlisle. Junior Tory Bennett had a strong two-game stretch, scoring 17 points at Mason City last Friday to follow up a 25-point performance in a four-point loss to Ames. Bennett is the Dodgers leading scorer at 11.7 points per game. Tristin Doster is averaging 7.3 and Aleah Pommer is scoring seven a night.
Fourth-ranked Centennial (5-1, 4-0) has won four straight. The Jaguars are led by Maggie Phipps, who is scoring 20.8 points per contest.
Jackie Pippett (8.5) and Bella Robben (8.0) are the other leading scorers.
Marshalltown (0-8, 0-4) is winless. Junior Paige Wertzberger is scoring 11 points a night.
Third-ranked Waterloo West (7-1, 4-1) is on a six-game win streak after a loss to Cedar Falls. Sophomores Halli Poock (23.8) and Sahara Williams (18.3) are the Wahawks’ leaders.
Williams is averaging a double-double with 10.3 rebounds.
The Dodger boys were led by senior Averey Martin last week. Martin scored 18 points against Mason City and 12 versus the Little Cyclones.
Martin is the Dodgers’ leading scorer at 13.2 points. Sophomore Javion Jondle (8.4), junior Carson Peterson (8.3) and junior Bradley Vodraska (7.0) are next in line.
The Centennial boys are ranked fifth and off to a 5-1 start. They just lost their first game after winning five straight.
Senior Jaron Crews is averaging 16.7 points, while senior Colin McAleer is at 12.3 and freshman Lio Aguirre is at 10.7.
The Bobcats (1-6) are led by junior Armonniey Thomas at 17.6 points per contest. Sophomore Drake Kapayou is scoring 9.7, while sophomore Prince Jallah is at 9.4.
The Thunder (7-1) have won six straight and have four players averaging double figures. Manny Hammonds (20.7), Josh Baucum (18.3), Jonny Gatto (11.8) and Daniel Tobiloba (10.2) are the leaders.