Friday Night was wall to wall basketball for the Alpha Media Fort Dodge family of stations. Friday was a rough go for the two teams that call Fort Dodge home. Dodgers were on the road taking on Mason City in one of the oldest rivalries in Iowa high school sports. Gaels were on the road at Algona contending with a much larger school in enrollment size. South Central Calhoun hosted Storm Lake- St. Mary’s.
Turnovers plagued the Fort Dodge Girls at mason City. The Dodgers took the first meeting between the two in Fort Dodge in December. That win was an OT win and was the first for the program since 2008. The return game went to Mason City 67-47, Dodgers turned it over 27 times in the game. Fort Dodge started hot and led 14-2 early. The full court press for Fort Dodge worked well early. Mason City made adjustments and closed the 1st quarter on a 13-4 run of their own, FD led 18-15 after the 1st. The second quarter went to Mason City 19-10 and they led 34-28 at the break. The 2nd half went to Mason City as they outscored Fort Dodge 33-19, to win 67-47. Mason City got hot from 3 point range making five 3’s in the 3rd and a total 9 on the night. Fort Dodge made just two from downtown on the night. Tory Bennett had a game high 17 for Fort Dodge. Mason City had 3 in double figures led by Freshman Reggi Spotts with 16.
The Dodger Boys hung tough with Mason City but fell 65-53. Fort Dodge led 17-13 after the 1st. Mason City took a 26-25 lead into the halftime locker room. The 3rd quarter was the difference as the Mohawks took the 3rd 22-14. That built a 9 point Mason City lead going into the 4th. Mason City standout guard Corey Miner got going in the 3rd hitting three 3’s. Miner took over in the 2nd half and scored 20 of his game high 30 after the break. Fort Dodge was lead by a team high 18 from Avery Martin, Bradley Vodraska added 11. Mason City got the sweep of the season series with the win.
St. Edmond was swept at Algona dropping both games to the home standing Bulldogs. The St. Edmond girls fell 48-32. A slow start hurt the Gaels as Algona built a 10 point halftime lead 22-12. St. Edmond trailed by as many as 24 in the 2nd half but kept fighting as was able to close the gap to 12 at one point. That was the closest they would get. Kiersten Clark led St. Edmond with 9 and Leah Neverman added 8. Algona’s Alailah Perry would have a game high 21, 15 coming in the 3rd quarter.
In the Boys game, the game was tied at 6 in the 1st quarter and Algona finished the 1st half on a 22-11 run. That gave Algona a 28-17 halftime advantage. Algona would get up as many as 14, But the Gaels battled back and cut the lead to five, but would fall 51-43 as the early deficit proved to be too much. Hayden Mayer led the Gaels with 17, Jackson Palmer and Quintin Mccarville bot had 11 each.
South Central Calhoun got a home split with Storm Lake St. Mary’s. The SCC Girls came in 9-1 and ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A. Storm Lake- St. Mary’s led almost wire to wire in the game and would knock off SC Calhoun 67-55. an 18 point 2nd quarter would help build an 8 point halftime lead for St. Mary’s. South Central Calhoun would fight in the 2nd half and keep the deficit the same, but couldn’t overcome it. Titans had no answer for St. Mary’s Sydney Hurd who had a game high 35 points. Riley Batta and Kylee Schliesman had 12 each for South Central Calhoun.
The Titan Boys had no issue with St. Mary’s as they came out firing early. Titans outscored them 21-3 in the 2nd quarter to build a 26 point lead at the half. The 2nd half was more of the 1st as South Central Calhoun would cruise to a win 63-26. Three Titan players in double figures, including Brennan Holder with 14, Cole Corey with 13 and Josh Dietrich with 11. South Central Calhoun bounced back in a big way after their loss at OABCIG on Tuesday.