MASON CITY – Fresh off of a big victory on Thursday, the fifth-rated (4A) Mason City girls basketball team turned around on Friday and faced a tall order as the Mohawks entertained sixth-rated (5A) West Des Moines Dowling.
Despite a 6-5 record going in, the Mohawks have largely fared well against the bigger schools, and that was the case again on Friday as the Maroons needed a 14-2 run over the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter to edge out for an 82-70 Dowling win in a game that saw Mason City junior guard Megan Meyer become the sixth Mohawk girl to eclipse the 1,000-career point mark.
“We are really proud of the kids,” Mohawks coach Curt Klaahsen said. “I thought they really fought hard.”
Dowling bolted to a 13-point lead midway through the second quarter and seemed poised to run away from the Mohawks, but Mason City responded with an 8-0 run to get back into the game.
The Mohawks, who tied the game early in the third quarter, found themselves down three before Dowling’s run effectively put the game away.
Meyer, who entered the game with a scoring average of more than 26 points per game, netted her 1,000th point on a fourth-quarter layup.
“It’s really exciting, especially knowing all of the great players who have been at Mason City,” Meyer said of her milestone.
Meyer finished with 28.
For Klaahsen, it was equally important the Mohawk scoring had some balance as two other Mason City players – Hannah Faktor and Anna Deets – also reached double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Autum Anderson and Anna Lensing added seven apiece.
“Hannah was really aggressive,” Klaahsen said. “We need those second and third scorers to not be afraid and attack the basket.”
Caitlin Clark, the Maroons’ sophomore guard who is the second-leading scorer in the state at more than 27 points per game, finished with 37 points to lead all scorers.
Mason City (6-6) continues its tough schedule on Tuesday when it travels to seventh-rated (5A) Johnston.