Bobcats fade at Fort Dodge

Marshalltown’s fast start foiled as Dodgers get sweep

PHOTO BY BRITT KUDLA/FORT DODGE MESSENGER • Marshalltown sophomore Erica Johnson (4) goes up for two of her career-high 17 points in front of Fort Dodge’s Tatum Lundberg (42) during the Bobcats’ 53-38 loss on Tuesday in Fort Dodge.

FORT DODGE — The Marshalltown girls’ basketball team mustered up enough momentum to make a game of it, but the Bobcats ran out of gas by the time Fort Dodge had regained complete control.

Dodgers senior Shareece Smith scored a career-high 21 points to help Fort Dodge win for the first time since the last time it faced the Bobcats, beating Marshalltown 53-38 in Tuesday’s CIML Iowa Conference clash.

MHS (1-11, 0-5) got out to an early 4-0 lead but trailed 16-7 after the opening period. The Bobcats retaliated with a 6-2 scoring advantage in the second quarter to close within five, 18-13, at halftime.

The rest went the Dodgers’ way, as Fort Dodge fired out of the break for a 26-4 third-quarter edge. Marshalltown, trailing 44-17, scored more points in the fourth period (21) than it had prior to the final frame.

Bobcat sophomore Erica Johnson collected a career-high 17 points, scoring 13 of them in the second half thanks to a 7-for-7 performance from the free-throw line. Classmate Madi Finch finished with a season-best 11 points.

PHOTO BY BRITT KUDLA/FORT DODGE MESSENGER

Grace Metzger added six points and Kyra Feldman added four, as the aforementioned quartet accounted for all of Marshalltown’s points.

Assisting Smith’s effort for Fort Dodge (3-9, 2-3) was Beth Murman, who had 14 points, and Raya Love, who added 11. The Dodgers snapped their five-game losing streak by completing the season sweep of Marshalltown, though not as convincingly as their 55-25 triumph Dec. 8 inside the Roundhouse.

Marshalltown’s six-game road swing closes with three games in the next seven days. The Bobcats go to Class 5A No. 6 Dowling Catholic on Friday, No. 2 Cedar Falls on Saturday, and then Ames next Tuesday.

Fort Dodge 53, Marshalltown 38

At Fort Dodge

MARSHALLTOWN (1-11, 0-5) — Erica Johnson 5 7-8 17, Kyra Feldman 2 0-2 4, Madi Finch 5 1-2 11, Kassy Vest 0 0-1 0, Grace Metzger 2 1-2 6, Aida Almanza 0 0-0 0, Gabby Himes 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 14 9-15 38.

FORT DODGE (3-9, 2-3) — Raya Love 5 0-0 11, Shareece Smith 7 5-5 21, Beth Murman 6 0-0 14, Taelor Lessmeier 0 0-2 0, Elizabeth Van Zyl 1 0-0 2, Morgan Beisch 0 0-0 0, Jacy Daniel 0 0-0 0, Olivia Camamo 0 0-0 0, Ebony Alsman 1 0-0 2, Tatum Lundberg 0 0-0 0, Makla Naylor 1 0-0 3. TOTALS 21 5-7 53.

MHS 7 6 4 21 — 38

FORT DODGE 16 2 26 9 — 53

3-Point Goals–MHS 1 (Metzger), FD 6 (Smith 2, Murman 2, Love, Naylor). Total Fouls–MHS 9, FD 16. Fouled Out–none.