WAUKEE - The Fort Dodge boys didn't come away with a victory at Waukee here on Tuesday, but all hope was not lost.
The Dodgers (1-4 overall) dropped a 62-56 decision to the Warriors (3-2) in a matchup of old CIML?Iowa Conference rivals.
The result wasn't what head coach Tom Daniel was hoping for, but it wasn't for lack of effort.
"I'm proud of the fact that we came down and played competitive basketball,'' said FDSH head coach Tom Daniel. "We're getting closer to where we need to be, and I?thought we showed that after a slow start (last night).
"We have a lot to build on. They played very hard and we did a decent job on the boards with the difference in height."
The Dodgers had trouble with Michael Jacobson, but the Warrior sophomore did most of his damage at the line. The Dodgers held him to four baskets in the first half and two in the second half. He hit eight free throws, however.
WAUKEE 62, FORT DODGE 56
Waukee - Tyler Jensen 3, Grant Frey 3, Ted Crites 0, Michael Jacobson 19, Luke Fegen 8, Tyler Wellendorf 11, Anthony Nelson 8, Nate Gehring 7, AJ Allen 0, Kellen Kollmorgen 0, Michael Winger 3.
Fort Dodge - Tyler Vaughn 20, JC Hatcher 15, Andrew Stover 9, Blake Wilder 6, Zach Martinson 5, Jake Porter 1, Krunal Thakor 0, Austi Halligan 0, Marquan Clayton 0.
Quarter scores: Waukee led 14-12, 26-23, 41-37.
"They knocked down enough free throws and at the right time,'' Daniel said. "We struggled at the line again, going 11-for-24.''
Senior Tyler Vaughn led the Dodgers with 20 points. He was 4 of 9 from three-point range.
Junior JC Hatcher checked in with 15 points and he hit two threes.
Junior Andrew Stover had nine points and junior Blake Wilder had six points with eight rebounds.
"Tyler shot the ball well,'' Daniel said. "We only had six turnovers against a salty Waukee defense. Stover had a good floor game as well with five assits and one turnover.
"The bench came in and had some good rebounds. We played well against their 6-foot-10 guy, Nate Gehring, and held him to seven points.
Tyler Wellendorf also reached double figures with 11 points for the Warriors. Luke Fegen added eight.
"I'm proud of the way the guys played, but now we've got to get back on track against Mason City,'' Daniel said. "We have to beat our rival on our home court. There's nothing more to it than that."
"When they play this hard, it's exciting to see them play.''
The Dodgers welcome the Mohawks this Friday for a 7 p.m. tip in a Central Iowa Conference Northern Division matchup.