FD boys lose on the road

WATERLOO – Coming off a huge home victory over then-No. 6 (Class 4A) Urbandale last Friday night, the Fort Dodge boys were unable to find the same magic, falling to Waterloo West Tuesday, 64-39.

The Dodgers (3-7 overall) fell in a 17-5 hole after the first quarter, but managed to trim the deficit to nine before halftime. West (6-4) pushed its advantage back to 14 after the third.

“We just were flat,” FDSH head coach Tom Daniel said. “We were flat the whole game. It was the a worse-case-scenario for us coming off a big win.

“We got in a hole and we couldn’t dig out. It was a sloppy effort that lacked energy.”

JC Hatcher scored 20 to lead Fort Dodge, while James Wilder added six. The Dodgers made 16 of 19 from the line, but were just 1-for-14 from the three-point line.

“Anytime we needed a bucket, we failed to get one,” Daniel said. “We settled for too many three-pointers and that was why we were in a hole to start the game.”

Carderius Smith led the Wahawks with 17, while Malik Green added 15.

Fort Dodge remains on the road, traveling to Ames Friday night.