Urbandale tips FD girls

The offensive woes continued for the Fort Dodge girls basketball team here Friday.

Denied in their bid for a second straight victory, the Dodgers (3-8 overall) suffered a 30-28 home setback to Urbandale at the FDSH gym.

Playing without starting junior forward Lexi Astor (choir trip), FDSH was held to just 24.4 percent shooting (10-for-41) from the field and was unable to overcome 24 turnovers.

“I was a little worried that we’d come out flat (last evening),” Dodger head coach Scott Timmerman said. “I think our girls looked at Urbandale’s record and felt like it would be our second win of the week, but (the J-Hawks) haven’t faced any cupcakes yet this season.

“From a varsity standpoint, our group hasn’t played a lot of close games. I think that showed when things got tight at the end.”

Sophomore point guard Lani Van Zyl anchored FDSH with 10 points despite going just 2-for-15 from the field. Classmate Mallory Kilian was right behind with eight points.

“We really missed Lexi’s hustle and athleticism, but we had some other girls do a nice job of stepping in at positions they’re not used to at (the varsity) level,” said Timmerman. “Once we got through the first quarter, we settled in a little better, but I thought the outcome was decided early on (Fort Dodge went the first 6:58 of the game without a single point).”

Despite falling in a double digit hole in the opening stages of the second period, the Dodgers slowly scratched and clawed their way back to a 22-22 deadlock with 7:15 left on a longball from Van Zyl. One free throw apiece from Stephanie Boord and Brooke DeCarlo, however, later proved to be the decisive margin for the J-Hawks (2-10), who halted a five-game slide in the victory.

Both squads went scoreless in the final two minutes of the contest, as Fort Dodge misfired on a triple and a two-pointer in the waning moments.

Allison Mataloni and DeCarlo each tallied seven points for Urbandale, which made only nine field goals and registered 30 turnovers. The J-Hawks went 11-for-26 at the charity stripe compared to just 6 of 10 for Fort Dodge.

Looking to bounce back, the Dodgers visit 10th-ranked (Class 5A) Waterloo West (9-4) on Tuesday. The Wahawks topped Cedar Falls Friday, 49-42.