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FDSH girls tripped up by Hawks

The Fort Dodger girls had no answer for hot shooting Ankeny on Friday night in the Dodger gym.

The Hawkettes (6-2 overall) placed four players in double figures, earning a 66-40 victory over the Dodgers.

Jenna Pitz led the Hawks with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting. Abigail Johnson added 13 points, while Calyssa Wright and Ellie Maschoff contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Ankeny was able to force the home squad into tough shots most of the way, and FDSH (3-8) struggled to guard the lane.

Fort Dodge started strong in the opening frame, going 5-for-9 from the field, but Ankeny was able to build a big cushion heading into the break by outscoring the Dodgers 17-5 in the second period.

“I wasn’t unhappy about our performance, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” said FDSH head coach Scott Messerly. “We had a lot of unforced errors and missed a lot of open shots.

“We were good defensively in the first half, but as things opened up, they started hitting their cutters.”

Coming off of her career high 24-point game, junior Aleaha Pommer had another double-digit output, scoring 13 points. She had eight in the second half.

Cheyenne Miller-Hameed followed with nine points, while Tory Bennett contributed seven.

“We just have to run our offense better,” Messerly said. “We try to do everything off of the dribble and not through screens or ball movement.”

The Dodgers are back in action on Tuesday at Southeast Polk.

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