Dodgers can’t stop Mohawks

Pink Out Night failed to materialize into a third straight victory for the Fort Dodge girls basketball team here Friday.

Dropping their 12th consecutive meeting against Mason City, the Dodgers (9-10 overall, 2-3 CIC Northern Division) suffered a 72-46 setback at the FDSH gym.

After staying within striking distance at the break (38-27), Fort Dodge watched the defending Class 5A state semifinalist Mohawks slam the door on any potential comeback hopes with a 15-6 third-quarter run. As a team, the Dodgers went just 1-for-14 behind the arc compared to 11 of 27 for the visitors.

“I think our defensive effort was what disappointed me more than anything (Friday),” FDSH head coach Scott Timmerman said. “I don’t think that everyone came ready to play for us. It shouldn’t be hard to get up for a home game in front of a good crowd against two Division I players.”

Mallory Kilian, a junior, anchored Fort Dodge with 11 points, while senior Ashley Altman contributed nine. Sophomore Madi Bennett and senior Tiana Mericle each added seven.

“We see all these little signs of improvement, but you have to be consistent for four quarters to beat a quality opponent,” said Timmerman. “One of the things that’s just reality is a team like Mason City is always going to get more calls than we are, and I think our girls still struggle with that.”

Fort Dodge actually gained an early 7-6 edge on an Altman free throw, however, the Mohawks (12-5, 4-1) immediately answered with a 19-6 flurry and never looked back.

Iowa Hawkeye commit Makenzie Meyer delivered a game-high 22 points for Mason City, which snapped a mini two-game slide. Creighton signee Myah Mellman (18) and Lexy Pederson (15) were the other top offensive performers for the Mohawks, who improved to 6-2 on the road this season.

“Mellman put on a show (Mellman hit all six of her triples in the first half),” Timmerman said. “She was the focus of our gameplan coming in, but sometimes our focus gets lost out on the court.”

Eleven different Dodgers saw action Friday, with eight of those cracking the scoring column. Fort Dodge committed 16 turnovers to nine for Mason City.

With the loss, FDSH fell to 4-5 at home this winter. Earlier this season, the Dodgers came out on the short end against the Mohawks by a 75-51 final.

“We wanted to use our last two (regular-season) games to test things out for the postseason,” said Timmerman. “I felt our 1-2-2 (zone defense) looked pretty good at times until (the Mohawks) started getting into the lane. Hopefully, we can come out and compete better on Senior Night against Ames. We also need to make sure we’re healthy before heading into the tournaments.”

The Dodgers wrap up their regular season Friday, hosting the Little Cyclones (11-7, 4-1) in another CIC Northern Division matchup. Ames crushed Marshalltown Friday, 63-26.