DES MOINES - Make it two straight victories for the Fort Dodge girls basketball team.
Turning in a dominant performance on both ends of the floor, the Dodgers (2-0 overall) pounded Des Moines North by a 53-10 final on Tuesday night.
With the win, FDSH is now off to its best start since the 2001-02 season. The 43-point margin of victory was also the second-largest for the Dodgers since the '00 campaign.
"Our girls came out with a lot of energy, especially on the defensive end," said Fort Dodge head coach Scott Timmerman. "We really started off cold offensively, but our defense led into some easy scoring opportunities."
Junior Lexi Astor and sophomores Lani Van Zyl and Mallory Kilian all contributed 14 points for the Dodgers, which built a 30-2 advantage at the half and coasted the rest of the way. Kilian also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, including six offensive. Astor added eight steals.
FDSH committed just nine turnovers compared to 30 for the Polar Bears (0-3). The Dodgers also won the battle on the boards, 32-22.
Fort Dodge 53, Des Moines North 10
Fort Dodge - Lexi Astor 14, Lani Van Zyl 14, Mariah Welter 1, Fatima Newsome 1, Kari Grindberg 2, Ashley Altman 3, Mallory Kilian 14, Mackenzie Jones 2, Rachel Herrington 2.
Des Moines North - Kenya Williams 6, Richelle Jimerson 4.
Quarter scores: FD led 8-2, 30-2, 50-9.
"Our girls are starting to realize the importance of every play, which is something us coaches have been stressing," Timmerman said. "We aren't seeing nearly as many breaks in our intensity and are getting closer to playing a complete game."
Kenya Williams and Richelle Jimerson combined for all 10 of North's points on the evening.
"We felt like this had the potential to be a trap game, so we feel really good right now," said Timmerman. "We knew we couldn't give (the Polar Bears) a glimmer of hope and let them elevate their game."
Next action for the Dodgers is Friday at Sioux City West. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.