Dodgers can’t stop Valley

WEST DES MOINES – The Fort Dodge boys were unable to overcome a strong shooting performance by West Des Moines Valley here Tuesday night, falling 78-65.

Sophomore Turner Scott led the Tigers with a game-high 26 points, as Valley (11-5 overall) was 24 of 29 from the free throw line while swishing 10 three-pointers.

“They shot the ball better than they have all year,” FDSH head coach Tom Daniel said. “Scott hurt us early, but we did a good job on him in the second half.

“Valley is a deep team and they worse us down with their depth.”

The Dodgers (8-6) were led by JC Hatcher, who scored 24 points. Krunal Thakor contributed 19 points, five rebounds and five assists.

“JC had a big first half for us, and Krunal came in and played well in the second,” Daniel said. “We just need to get five players having strong games on a nightly basis instead of just two.”

Luke Umble, Tyler Williams and Trei Mitchell all reached double figures for the Tigers, who have eight of their last 10 games.

“We had just 10 turnovers as a team, but we only grabbed 19 total rebounds – including five offensive,” Daniel said. “We’ve got to find a better way to rebound the ball. We know we are an undersized team, but that can’t keep us from getting the loose balls.”

Fort Dodge remains on the road, taking on Marshalltown Friday night. The Bobcats lost to Dowling Catholic last night, 88-53.