MASON CITY — Four days into the new year and 2018 already belongs to Megan Meyer.
The Mason City junior opened up the year with the best scoring performance of her career as she poured in a school-record 40 points to lead the fifth-ranked (4A) Mohawks to a 74-50 win over rival Fort Dodge on Thursday. Meyer broke her own record of 37, which she set in a game against Waverly-Shell Rock earlier in the season.
Meyer finished Thursday night 13 for 24 from the floor and drained five 3-pointers.
“It’s just really fun,” Meyer said of her evening. “I have great teammates. They were doing a great job of finding me for my shots so I have to give most of my credit to them.”
It’s no secret how much Meyer works at her game, and her work over the break is what helped keep her sharp after a 17-day wait between games. Meyer hit 8 a.m. practice in the morning and then went off to shoot a few hundred shots with her dad. A day in the gym with her sister, Makenzie, and brother, Matt, was even in the mix.
All of it was on display Thursday night as she opened up the game scoring 10 points over the first three minutes. She finished with 12 in the first quarter, nine in the second, and then 17 more in a huge third quarter for the Mohawks to give her the school record after three quarters of play.
And she found success in just about every facet of her offensive game, but the one which stood out most was the mid-range.
“I’ve really put an emphasis on that because a lot of times I go too hard to the basket and just get fouls,” Meyer said. “Being able to add the mid-range into my game is probably my next step for the next level.”
Her coach, Curt Klaahsen, has also taken notice of that part of her game.
“Tonight, there were no forced shots; they were all good shots,” Klaahsen saidn. “I thought tonight she made 3s, but also her mid-range game was good. She attacked the basket and tried to pull up, and was crashing in for layups all the time. That’s an improvement over last year — those jumpers, those 10- to 12-foot shots are good, too, and that was on.”
Aside from Meyer, the Mohawks were a bit out of sorts after opening the game on a 13-2 run.
Fort Dodge rallied to bring the game within two points at 20-18 before Mason City put its foot down. The Mohawks piled up 34 points in the third quarter alone.
“Give them credit,” Klaahsen said of the Dodgers. “They could’ve just laid down and died and they certainly didn’t do that.”
Jaeda Whitner chipped in eight points for the Mohawks (6-5) while Hannah Faktor and Anna Lensing had six apiece.
Mason City has a quick turnaround with a game at home today vs. sixth-ranked (5A) Dowling Catholic.
“I’d say this is definitely a good game to get us back in before Dowling,” Meyer said. “I know our team our team can go out and beat them (today) so it’ll be fun.”