FD girls welcome Humboldt

In the midst of a frustrating seven-game slide, the Fort Dodge girls basketball team returns to the hardwood for two non-conference home games this week.

The Dodgers (2-7 overall) entertain Humboldt tonight and then welcome Urbandale on Friday.

Tip for this evening’s varsity contest is set for 7:45 p.m., while Friday’s action is set for 6:15 p.m.

Sophomore Lani Van Zyl (8.4) and juniors Lexi Astor (7.0) and Ashley Altman (6.4) are the top offensive threats for FDSH, which is coming off a 43-26 home setback to Des Moines Roosevelt on Friday.

The Dodgers are averaging 26.4 turnovers per game and shooting just 33.4 percent (114 of 341) from the field on the season.

Humboldt (4-6) is paced by senior Erica Lane (9.7) and junior Lauren Friesth (9.4).

In their last outing, the Wildcats dropped a 48-34 North Central Conference decision to Iowa Falls-Alden.

Allie Mataloni (10.6) and Stephanie Boord (5.0) are the catalysts for the CIML cross-conference rival J-Hawks (1-9), who have lost four straight games of their own since a 41-16 pounding of Des Moines North before the winter break.

During last winter’s campaign, Fort Dodge fell short against both Humboldt (43-34) and Urbandale (64-30).