Dodger girls bow out

AMES – University of Oklahoma recruit Shaya Kellogg scored 22 points as Ames won for the eighth time in nine games here Wednesday, eliminating the Fort Dodge girls 60-19 in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal.

The 6-foot-2 Kellogg knocked down four of the Little Cyclones’ eight first-half three-point shots, then went to work underneath as Ames (15-7 overall) was simply too much for the Dodgers (3-18).

“We got off to a very slow start and they took full advantage,” FDSH head coach Scott Timmerman said. “Ames is playing about as well as anyone right now. If they’re hitting from the outside and then they go to feeding the post, it’s awfully tough to slow them down with that inside-outside attack.”

The Little Cyclones were up 24-2 at the end of the first quarter and 42-6 at halftime as they beat the Dodgers for a third time this season.

“We missed a lot of good looks (in the first quarter) and things started to snowball on us from there,” Timmerman said. “Your margin for error gets even smaller in the postseason. We just didn’t have an answer for them on either end.”

No FDSH player scored more than five points. Junior Ashley Altman led the way with five, while sophomore Lani Van Zyl, senior Fatima Newsome and junior Kari Grindberg all added four.

Juniors Tiana Mericle and Lexi Astor both pulled down five rebounds.

The Dodgers will graduate five seniors: Newsome, Maria Welter, Morgan Bowman, Ashton Pederson and Mackenzie Jones.

“They stayed positive the whole way through,” Timmerman said. “We all appreciate their commitment to the program.

“We have plenty of work to do in the offseason. There are a lot of things to get better at – both big and small. The next step depends on how much time the players are willing to put in this spring and summer.”