FOREST CITY | For one eight-minute stretch, Mason City coach Curt Klaahsen got exactly what he wanted.
It was the other 24 minutes, and mainly the second half, that had him concerned.
No. 5 (5A) Mason City outscored Forest City 27-8 in the second quarter and built a 31-point halftime advantage in a 60-30 win over the Indians on Tuesday.
It was that second quarter where Mason City got out in transition, converted on easy buckets and ran its offense to maximize the 3-point shot.
That came after the Mohawks were about an hour late getting to Forest City because of bussing issues. The game started 15 minutes behind schedule.
“I thought once we got through the first few minutes of getting the rust off we ran some good offense,” Mohawk coach Curt Klaahsen said.
Makenzie Meyer scored 13 of her team-high 14 points in the first half. Lexy Pederson also found double figures with 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting.
It was the final 16 minutes, however, that Klaahsen wasn’t pleased with as Mason City (3-0) went long stretches without points, including the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.
“It was a very sloppy second half,” Klaahsen said. “It was like, ‘OK, the game is over.’ But if you want to be at the highest level, every minute you are on the floor you have to get after it.”
Forest City (0-3) was led by Sarri Happel’s 12 points.
Mason City doesn’t play until next Tuesday when it hosts Southeast Polk.