The high school hoops season got cranked back this past weekend up after the 2 week holiday hiatus. Fort Dodge and St. Edmond returned to action on Friday January 3rd. The Dodgers were on the road at Southeast Polk and the found the road to be “tough sledding” on Friday. The Dodger girls fell to an undefeated 2nd ranked Southeast Polk team 74-32. The Dodgers got out to a sluggish start managing just 2 points in the 1st quarter while Southeast Polk started hot and took a 25-2 lead after the 1st. The Dodger girls played better as the game went along but could never recover from the rough start. No Dodger player scored in double figures, Tory Bennett led the Dodgers with 9. Southeast Polk had 3 players in double figures led by Freshmen Brooklyn Dailey’s 19. The Dodger boys fell for the 8th consecutive time falling by a score3 of 66-35 to Southeast Polk. The Rams built a large lead in the 1st half behind guard Boone Bain’s 12 1st half points. Southeast Polk went to the break with a commanding 34-12 lead. From there the Rams crusied to the win, Bain had a game high 21 points, Chase Bartlett added 13 for Southeast Polk. The Dodgers were led by Senior Ty Kershaw’s 12 points. 12 was the most points for Kershaw in a game since his 26 point performance in the season opening win Dec. 2nd against Indianola.
The Dodger girls returned to action less than 24 hours later the for the 2nd end of their back to back games. They fell Saturday at home to Ankeny Centennial. The Jaguars would have 10 players score in the game. The 2nd quarter was the difference in the game as AC would outscore the Dodger girls 32-6 in the quarter thanks in large part to a 20-2 run to open the quarter. The Jags made 12 3’s in the 1st half of play and 14 on the day. Guard Meg Burns knocked down 8 3’s herself in the game to pour in a game high 24. Aleaha Pommer led the Dodgers with 10, Cheyenne Miller-Hameed had 8.
The St. Edmond Gaels were in action Friday as they hosted Humboldt. The Gaels girls fell 53-38. The Gaels would trail by as many as 14 in the 1st half but would battle back to cut the deficit to 5 in the 2nd half. However, St. Edmond couldn’t get any closer as Humboldt had a run of their own late in the game. Humboldt had 3 players in double figures. Cambrie Mcbride led the Gaels with 15, Leah Neverman had her 3rd double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 boards. In the boys game St. Edmond got off to a strong start in their 1st game back and led by 2 at the break. In the 2nd half Humboldt would use their size more effectively pounding the ball inside. Conner Bocken led the Gaels with 13 and Cael Kolacia added 11. Humboldt’s Sam Fischer had a game high 17 and multi-sport standout Jamison Heinz had 15.
Elsewhere Around The Area Boys
West Hancock 64-32 over Manson NW Webster (Saturday)
Ridge View 55-33 Manson NW Webster
Newell-Fonda cruised past Woodbury Central 80-50 (Saturday)
Panorama edged Mt. Ayr 56-53 (Saturday)
Dowling Catholic 68-55 Ankeny Centennial
Southeast Valley 49-41 over South Hamilton
Ankeny blasted Ames 64-22
IKM Manning cruised 66-33 past Missouri Valley
Waukee all over Mason City 94-50
WDM- Valley 51-32 over Marshalltown
Newell-Fonda 80- 60 over OABCIG
WDM-Valley all over Marshalltown 64-23
South Hamilton edged Southeast Valley 47-45
Waukee 73-54 over Mason City
Bishop Garrigan crushed North Iowa 84-19
IKM Manning all over Missouri Valley 92-37
Dowling 59-37 Akeny Centennial
Panorama no trouble with Ogden 73-28
Ames 56- 48 Ankeny