Dodgers top Lynx

WEBSTER CITY – Head coach Tom Daniel was encouraged by the performance of his Fort Dodge boys basketball team in its season debut Monday night.

Showing few signs of rust, the Dodgers (1-0 overall) earned a decisive 69-51 road victory over Webster City.

“There are a lot of positives we can take away from a win like this, but I still think there’s room for improvement,” Daniel said. “We pressed for almost the whole game, which we just weren’t able to do at all last year. We even put up 69 points offensively, and we left some more out there, too. Our guys are light years ahead of where they were at the same point last season.”

FDSH, which never trailed in the contest, forced 29 Lynx turnovers with its relentless full-court defensive pressure. The Dodgers jumped out to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter, while extending their commanding advantage to 37-19 at the break.

Senior Zach Martinson netted a game-high 26 points for Fort Dodge, including 19 in the first half. Classmate JC Hatcher was next in line with 17 points. Fifteen different Dodgers saw action, with 10 of those cracking the scoring column.

“(Webster City) played zone (defense), which I don’t expect us to see much of this season because of our shooting,” said Daniel. “Martinson stepped up and had a nice night for us, but we also had several other guys chip in and make contributions.”

As a unit, the Dodgers attempted 65 field goals compared to just 37 for the Lynx.

Sophomore Avery Fuhs (14) and senior Ben Mossman (10) each scored in double figures for Webster City (0-1). The Lynx actually trimmed a 25-point deficit down to 13 early in the final period, however, FDSH answered right back with a 10-0 run of its own to deliver the knockout blow.

Fort Dodge and Webster City have now met 92 times on the hardwood since 1926. The Dodgers have taken nine of 10 since the rivalry was renewed in 2005, with the lone Lynx triumph during that stretch coming on Feb. 11 of 2012.

The programs squared off every season from 1926 through 1984. FDSH’s series with WCHS is the oldest in program history.

Following a short turnaround, the Dodgers welcome Des Moines North (0-0) this evening. Webster City returns to the court Friday, hosting defending North Central Conference champion Iowa Falls-Alden (1-0).