MASON CITY | Shots from behind the 3-point line were falling for the No. 9 (5A) Mason City girls basketball team on Friday.
The Mohawks (5-1, 2-0) connected on 12 3-pointers in a 75-51 victory over Fort Dodge in Central Iowa Conference-Northern Division action.
“We’ve faced a lot of teams that have played a zone this season so we’ve been working hard on our zone offense,” Mason City coach Curt Klaahsen said. “I thought our offense was really good. We got the ball inside and got some easy shots there. We also did a nice job of kicking the ball back out for good looks.”
Mason City shot 52.2 percent from beyond the arc against the Dodgers (4-3, 1-1).
Creighton signee Myah Mellman hit six 3-pointers for the Mohawks, finishing with 20 points despite playing with a bad back.
“It’s not a basketball game without a little pain,” Mellman said. “It feels a lot better when you have great teammates around you. I thought we moved the ball really well and set good screens. I was able to get a lot of open looks.”
Allison Scott also got open looks from 3-point range, knocking down three 3s.
However, Mellman was impressed with Scott’s ability to attack the hoop early in the contest.
“Allison had a great offensive game,” Mellman said. “She shoots the three really well but I thought she did a nice job of getting to the rim.”
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Scott finished with 13 points – 10 in the first half – but saw her time on the court limited by foul trouble.
“If she could have kept herself out of foul trouble I think she could have had 20, 25 points,” Klaahsen said. “She was shooting really well.”
Meanwhile, sophomore Makenzie Meyer added 20 points for the Mohawks, hitting 7 of 16 shots and 4 of 6 free throws.
“Makenzie really did a nice job taking advantage in the high post,” Klaahsen said. “I think that really opened up the shooters as well.”
The Mohawks, who led 38-33 at the half, shot 45.5 percent from the field and received 15 points from its bench.
Despite Mason City’s shooting, Fort Dodge was able to keep the game close in the first half with the strong inside play of Tiana Mericle and Ashley Altman inside.
“They really hurt us inside in the first half,” Klaahsen said. “I thought our defense really picked up in the second half only allowing 18 points.”
Mericle finished with 14 points while Altman and Mallory Kilian added 11 points apiece for the Dodgers, who earned high praise from Klaahsen.
“Fort Dodge is really improved from last year,” Klaahsen said. “They dropped down to Class 4A and I think they can cause some problems and could do some damage in the postseason.”