WEBSTER CITY - There are just some things that cannot be emulated in a practice setting.
Fort Dodge's full-court press fits nicely into that category.
The experienced and quick Dodgers pressed from end line to end line and flustered a mostly inexperienced Webster City squad in the season opener for both teams last night inside the WCHS gymnasium.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Webster City sophomore center Colt Richardson (44) goes up in a crowd and scores two of his nine points in last night’s non-conference clash against Fort Dodge. The Dodgers came into the WCHS gym and prevailed, 69-51.
Fort Dodge (1-0) forced 23 turnovers - the majority coming in the first half - and was never really threatened in a 69-51 triumph. The Dodgers' defense led to a 16-6 advantage after one quarter and a 37-19 lead at the intermission.
"You've got to give Fort Dodge credit because they're good and they're experienced," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. "They were very confident and very physical.
"We hadn't seen anything like (the Dodgers' press) in any of our scrimmages or our jamboree, so it took us a little while to adjust."
FORT DODGE 69, WEBSTER CITY 51
Monday at Webster City
Fort Dodge (1-0) - Clayton Marquan 1 1-3 3, Ben Ahlers 1 0-0 2, Thakor Krunal 4 1-3 9, JC Hatcher 7 1-2 17, Andrew Stover 1 1-1 3, Samuel Kolacia 1 0-0 2, Kyle Beisch 1 0-0 2, Blake Wilder 1 1-1 3, Thomas Hartley 0 0-0 0, Zach Martinson 9 4-4 26. Totals: 26 9-14 69.
Webster City (0-1) - Alec Fuhs 3 0-0 8, Doug Stoakes 0 1-2 1, John Ferrell 0 0-0 0, Ben Mossman 3 3-4 10, Avery Fuhs 4 2-2 12, Logan Yates 0 0-0 0, Landon Daniels 0 0-0 0, Seth Crouthamel 2 0-0 4, Sean Vogelbacher 3 0-0 7, Victor Jergens 0 0-0 0, Colt Richardson 3 3-4 9. Totals: 18 9-12 51.
Fort Dodge16 21 16 16-69
Webster City 6 13 18 14-51
3-point goals - FDSH 6 (Martinson 4, Hatcher 2); WCHS 6 (Al. Fuhs 2, Av. Fuhs 2, Mossman, Vogelbacher). Rebounds - WCHS 25 (Mossman 9, Av. Fuhs 5). Steals - WCHS 6 (Av. Fuhs 3). Assists - WCHS 4 (Vogelbacher 3). Team fouls - FDSH 16, WCHS 15. Fouled out - none.
WCHS (0-1) played just one player - senior Ben Mossman - that saw extensive minutes a season ago. Of the 11 players that stepped into the fray, eight were seeing their first varsity playing time.
"We've got a lot of kids that were playing their first varsity basketball game, but we're not going to use that as an excuse," McKinney said. "It's a big adjustment and we've got to get better."
Zach Martinson rained in four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points for the Dodgers. JC Hatcher added a pair of triples and notched 17 points.
Twin brothers Avery and Alec Fuhs supplied four of the Lynx six 3s; Avery paced the squad with 12 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals. Alec collected eight points.
Mossman fell one rebound short of a double-double; he finished with 10 points and nine boards. Colt Richardson poured in nine points and Sean Vogelbacher finished with seven.
WCHS didn't let the 18-point halftime deficit send them into backpedal mode. The turnovers began to diminish and the shots started to fall in the third quarter, as the Lynx closed to within 13 at one point.
FDSH pushed the lead back up early in the fourth quarter to put the contest out of reach.
"I give our kids credit too because there was a stretch in the middle of the third quarter where we really played well," McKinney said. "Our kids didn't quit. They came out and did the things we asked them to and got better in the second half."
The Lynx will return to their home court on Friday to face Iowa Falls-Alden in the North Central Conference opener for both teams.