Every coach in high school basketball around the country will tell you that the season comes down to what teams do in February. The hope for coaches is for their team to be hitting its stride in February and ride that momentum to the state tournament early March. Thursday February 13th kicked off the playoffs around the state for girls teams. The St. Edmond Gaels fell in the 1st round at Storm Lake-St. Mary’s 56-29. The Gaels didn’t help themselves as they got off to a slow start and turned the ball over 23 times in the game. St. Edmond trailed at the half 25-7 as SLSM scored several 1st half transition buckets on turnovers. The Gaels would be held without a field goal until the 3rd quarter. The Panthers would have 3 players in double figures led by a game high 23 from Danika Demers. Cambrie Mcbride led the Gaels with 10 and Leah Neverman added 8, with the loss the St. Edmond girls conclude their season.
The Fort Dodge Dodgers will be in action Friday night. They will take the show back on the road to battle rival Mason City. The Dodger girls and boys look to capitalize on the momentum coming off road wins on Tuesday vs Des Moines – East. The health of Tory Bennett is a question for the Dodger girls as she missed Tuesday’s game with the flu, Coach Scott Messerly says she will be a game time decision Friday night. The Dodger boys played without Dayson Clayton Tuesday night as he also is fighting illness and will also be a game time decision. Catch The Dodgers taking on Mason City Friday at 6 PM on “92 Rock” and here on our website.
The playoff brackets are out for area teams all except the Fort Dodge boys that bracket should be out either Friday afternoon or over the weekend. Everyone else has their assignments they are below.
South Central Calhoun Girls will be on the road at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Tuesday Feb 18th . A 7 Pm tip time you can hear Brian Peters on the call on “105-9 The Beach”. The South Central Calhoun Boys will play Thursday Feb. 20th they will host the winner of OABCIG and Alta-Aurelia two teamas they beat earlier in season during their 12 game win streak. That game is scheduled for an 8 PM tip time and will be on “105-9 The Beach”. The SCC girls have won 3 in a row , The boys have been on a tear and until recently were hadn’t lost since before Christmas.
St. Edmond Boys will take on GTRA at Bishop Garrigan on Thursday Feb. 20th , that one scheduled to tip at 6:30 PM. Greg Woods will have the call on “Sunny” 99.7. The Gaels boys have been playing some of their best basketball of the year of late having won 2 of their last 3.
The Fort Dodge girls have drawn a road tilt with top 5 power Waukee. That game will be on Saturday Feb. 22nd for a 6 PM tip off. You can hear that game on “92 Rock”. All of our high school basketball playoff coverage available online at our website.