MASON CITY — In Mason City’s six games prior to Friday night’s test vs. fifth-ranked (5A) Johnston, the Mohawks had played well enough to win each of them but were still 3-3.
Friday night proved to be a different story as the eighth-ranked Mohawks were completely overwhelmed with everything Johnston brought at them in an 86-56 defeat.
“We just looked a step slow all night,” Mason City coach Curt Klaahsen said. “I told them that was the first time I was disappointed in our effort. I just thought we didn’t take anything away from them and it was literally like a buffet — they could just do whatever they wanted.”
Even the stellar effort of junior Megan Meyer weren’t enough.
Meyer started the game on fire for the Mohawks, scoring all 10 of their points in the first quarter, but an 8-0 run by Johnston to end the quarter gave the Dragons a 19-11 lead after 1.
There was still no slowing Meyer down in the second period as she tossed in 10 more to score the first 20 points of the game for the Mohawks before Anna Deets made a basket with 3:41 to play in the half. That was about the only thing working on this night for Mason City.
“I think defensively, we weren’t getting some of the stops that we needed, and I think sometimes when you see somebody making shots like that it turns into ‘stand and watch what she can do,’” Klaahsen said. “When the shots are going in, that’s great but once they really decided to take her away we needed other people to step up.”
Johnston utilized its size and speed to run up and down the floor on the Mohawks. If the Dragons weren’t scoring immediately in the possession, it came after an offensive rebound, and the Mohawks had no answer.
Johnston shot 61 percent for the game.
Maddie Mock paced the Dragons, who stayed perfect on the season, with 21 points, Regan Nesheim scored 17, Maya McDermont tossed in 15, and Jennah Johnson added 11.
Meyer led all scorers with 29. Emma Hollander and Megan Hollander combined for nine for the Mohawks, who fell to 3-4.
Up next is another tough test today at No. 14 (5A) Ames.
“Each of these games count one. The other night we got beat by three and it counts the same as this loss,” Klaahsen said. “That’s why it’s going to be a great check to see where we are at. If we come out with this kind of effort and enthusiasm, we’re going to get beat bad (today) If we come out and fight we’re going to win the game. It’s a great test and we’ll see what we can do.”