Dodger girls defeat Humboldt

HUMBOLDT – The Fort Dodge girls basketball team stayed on the winning track with a decisive 62-43 road victory over Humboldt Monday night.

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead to start the game, the Dodgers (6-5 overall) were never seriously challenged and picked up their second consecutive road victory.

“We did what we wanted to do, which is put pressure on (the Wildcats) right away,” said FDSH head coach Scott Timmerman. “I thought our girls did a good job of keeping their composure and playing hard all the way until the end.”

Lani Van Zyl, a junior, poured in a game-high 19 points for Fort Dodge, while senior Tiana Mericle contributed 10 points. Mallory Kilian also grabbed eight rebounds for the Dodgers, who were able to overcome 26 turnovers.

“Lani hit four big threes for us,” Timmerman said. “We actually shot 43 percent from 3-point range and went 12 of 15 from the free throw line.

“Hopefully, some of those things are finally starting to click in our game and it will carry over for us in the stretch coming up.”

For the Wildcats (5-6), freshman Avery Terwilliger tallied 11 points. Kessa Kuyper was next in line with eight.

Humboldt committed 29 turnovers in the contest.

Fort Dodge returns to the court this evening, hosting Ankeny Centennial (7-3).

The Wildcats host 12th-ranked (Class 3A) Hampton-Dumont (10-2) on Friday.