Any coach will tell you there are those opponents that constitute “circle the calendar” games. Those type of games are ones that as a coach you list every season as games you want or need to win. In any sport, Fort Dodge has the “circle the calendar” mentality when it comes to a few teams and Marshalltown is one of those. On Friday, Fort Dodge traveled to Marshalltown for a Girls & Boys basketball tilt. Marshalltown had cancelled coming to Fort Dodge just days prior, citing Covid-19 issues. They came off a quarantine just a day or two prior to Friday’s games.
The Fort Dodge Girls used a strong start to build a 21-2 lead after the 1st quarter. Dodgers would put Marshalltown away and early and cruise to a 66-20 win. Dodgers would use their defense to create turnovers and ignite their transition game. They also would shoot it well, knocking down 8 3’s on the night.
That was one of four made 3’s for Aleaha Pommer, she had a season high 26 to lead the way. Tory Bennett added 18. Dodgers win their 4th straight game in this season and their 3rd straight in the series with Marshalltown. Dodger Girls host Sioux City North on Wednesday at 7 Pm, for the 1st round of the playoffs.
The Dodger Boys would scratch and claw in their game and trailed by one at the half. However, Marshalltown would take control in the 2nd half outscoring Fort Dodge 44-31 after the break. Marshalltown had 23-16 advantage in the 4th, that started with an 11-4 run to open the quarter.Senior Averey Martin led Fort Dodge with a season high 25. Marshalltown got a team high 22 from Sophomore Prince Jailah, 20 of those came in the 2nd half. Dodger Boys have a couple of boys only road games next week, before their playoff match up at Hoover on February 22nd.