DES MOINES - In their first road contest of the season, the Fort Dodge boys struggled to find any kind of offensive rhythm and dropped a 58-42 contest to Des Moines North on Tuesday night.
The Dodgers (1-1 overall), who were coming off a double-digit victory over Webster City on Monday night, shot only 33 percent from the field and hit just one free throw in seven attempts against the quicker Polar Bears.
"Our offense really sputtered,'' said FDSH head coach Tom Daniel. "We basically showed no intensity and no desire. As a coach, I didn't push the right buttons. It starts with me.
"We have a lot of work to do heading into (Tuesday's game against West Des Moines) Dowling.''
The Dodgers also couldn't match the Polar Bears on the glass, as North outrebounded FDSH by a "two to one margin at least,"?according to Daniel.
"They were getting easy putbacks,'' Daniel said. "They beat us up on the glass and we weren't putting bodies on guys.
DES MOINES NORTH 58, FORT DODGE 42
Des Moines North - KP Hanks 0, KJ Davenport 0, Darius Myles 2, Sekou Mtayri Jr. 4, Teyontae Jenkins 12, Terrance Busch 19, Ben Hayes 0, Ben Worge 0, Wilson Worge 0, Nieco Greene 0, Brian Heard 0, Sam Williams Jr. 21, Darren Yin 0, Michael Pham 0.
Fort Dodge - Krunal Thakor 8, Cody Ellis 0, JC Hatcher 16, Tyler Vaughn 3, Andrew Stover 2, Blake Wilder 9, Jake Porter 2, Austin Halligan 0, Brandan Schoenfeld 0, Marquan Clayton 2.
Quarter scores: DMN led 9-8, 25-17, 42-28.
"We can't let guys get clean looks, and they had plenty of them.''
The Dodgers had trouble defending Sam Williams, who had 21 points. Williams is one of three regulars returning to the Polar Bear starting lineup.
Terrance Busch reached double digits as well with 19 points. Teyontae Jenkins contributed 12.
"They were strong from the outside as well,'' Daniel said. "Busch made four threes and Williams beat us on the boards."
Junior guard JC Hatcher, who tied a career-high with 26 points against the Lynx the night before, led the Dodgers with 16. Blake Wilder added nine and Krunal Thakor eight.
The Dodgers are back in action on Tuesday when they host the Maroons for a 7:45 p.m. tip.