Dodgers sweep MHS basketball

FORT DODGE – Both fresh off losses to top-ranked teams, Fort Dodge responded better than Marshalltown as the Dodgers notched a 60-25 win in the Central Iowa Conference Northern Division opener in girls basketball.

Three players scored in double figures for the host Dodgers (4-1, 1-0), who lost on Tuesday to No. 1 Dowling Catholic. Marshalltown, coming off a decisive setback at No. 5 West Des Moines Valley, trailed 13-7 after the opening quarter and never got back within striking distance.

The Bobcats managed no more than seven points in a quarter, falling to 2-4 overall.

Madi Bennett had a pair of 3-pointers on her way to a team-leading 12 points for Fort Dodge, while Tiana Mericle added 11 points and Ashley Altman 10. Lani Van Zyl chipped in nine points for the Dodgers, who limited MHS to 7-for-41 shooting from the field.

Sam Hughes overcame early foul trouble to lead the Bobcats with eight points. Rachel Blagg contributed five in the lopsided loss.

Marshalltown closes out December with three straight home games, starting with Tuesday’s game against No. 6 Ankeny Centennial.


Fort Dodge 74, Marshalltown 59

FORT DODGE – Four players scored in double figures for Fort Dodge as the Dodgers opened Central Iowa Conference Northern Division action with a convincing win over Marshalltown, 74-59, on Friday night.

JC Hatcher led a balanced Dodger offense with 16 points to go with nine rebounds. Zach Martinson added 13 points, Blake Wilder had 12 and Kyle Hanson 10 for Fort Dodge, which led 34-21 at the half and stayed in front for the entirety.

Marshalltown (2-4, 0-1) outscored the Dodgers 23-17 in the fourth period, but by then it was too late.

“We never got in a rhythm tonight, we were a step slow,” said MHS coach Scott Smith. “Give Fort Dodge credit. They really got into the paint against us.

“We really got outplayed in every phase of the game tonight. It was a tough night all the way around.”

Dylan Diveney made three 3-pointers and led the Bobcats with 18 points. Austin Kluver had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Mason McCarville pitched in with 10 points.

The Bobcats turn around to host Class 4A No. 8 Ankeny Centennial on Tuesday night.