Tuesday saw action from the high school hardwood all over North Central Iowa. One team got their 3rd win in a row by over 35 points, another got off a losing skid that dated back to before Christmas. One school had both their teams fall on Senior Night. Another school has two teams who are trending in opposite directions after Tuesday.
On “92 Rock” The Fort Dodge Girls left no doubt as they rolled Des Moines- East 79-26. Dodgers forced over 30 turnovers in the game and were +14 in offensive rebounding margin. Fort Dodge took control early leading 26-4 after the 1st and 45-12 at the half. Four players in double figures in the game, Jalen Adams had a season high 16. Aleaha Pommer added 15 , it’s the 6th straight game in double figures for her. Lainey Maehl had a varsity career high 11. Tory Bennett had 10 and reached the 500 point mark for her career. Dodger Girls have now won three straight.
In the Boys game, Fort Dodge would pull one out in gritty fashion.
Dodgers break a losing skid that dated back before Christmas. Des Moines East was as frigid shooting in the early going as the weather has been lately . Dodgers came out and built a 15-2 lead after the first. Dodgers led by 11 after the 3rd but East would come roaring back in the 4th and cut the lead to as little as one. Dodgers would make some plays late to hold off the rally. Bradley Vodraska would go 4 for 4 from the free throw line late and Carson Peterson would hit a pair with seconds left to seal the win. Dodgers got 12 each from Vodraska, Javion “Double J” Jondle and Averey Martin on his Senior Night.
On 105-9 “The Beach” South Central Calhoun got a split at East Sac County. The Titan Girls fell for the 3rd straight time as they fell 54-47. SCC led 23-16 at the half but the 2nd half belong to East Sac County. They would outscore SCC 38-24 after the break. South Central Calhoun got a team high from Riley Batta, Brielle Korleski added 12. For East Sac County, Maty Quirk had a game high 23 and Mary Bontrager had 15.
The Titan Boys would keep their momentum going as they would get a solid road win 65-51. Titans used a 39-28 2nd half advantage to pull away after leading 26-23 at the half. Brennan Holder had a game high 25, Cole Corey added 18 for the titans. Camden Schroeder had a team high 21 and Tyler Schmidt added 17 for ESC.
On “Sunny” 99.7, St. Edmond was swept on Senior night by Algona. The game was tied at 8 in the 1st quarter but Algona would close the 1st half on a 24-6 run. They led 32-14 at the break after that big run. Algona hit 11 threes in the game, 7 in the first half. They would win it 61-29. Leah Neverman led the Gaels with 12. Algona had three in double figures led by Lillian Etherington with a game high 15.
In the Boys game, Algona would go on a run late in the first half , capped off by a Noah Nelson three at the 1st half buzzer that would put Algona up 9 at the break. Offensive struggles in the 2nd half doomed St. Edmond as they managed just 16 points after the break. Algona would pull away late and win it 62-43. Noah Nelson kncocked down 7 3’s in the game to lead Algona with 21, Garret Goche added 14. Noah Simpson and Jackson Palmer had 10 each for St. Edmond.