BY CHUCK VANDENBERG – EDITOR
After starting the season with three wins, the Fort Madison Hounds are finding the road a bit bumpier as the colder weather descends on southeast Iowa. And that chill hit in the first half Friday night as the Hounds fell to host Centerville 44-37 converting only 10 points in the first half.
The Hounds played even ball with Centerville through the first period and trailed only by a bucket starting the second quarter 8-6, but the hosts all but buried the Hounds in cold shooting in the second quarter where the Hounds only put up 4 points to Centerville’s 17 for a 25-10 halftime deficit.
The Hound’s mounted a comeback in the third quarter cutting the lead to 32-27 at the end of the period as it seemed the Hounds were beginning to heat up. The Hounds closed the gap to three with more than 7 minutes left in the game and it seemed as though the comeback was in, but cold shooting again hampered FM as they went a full five minutes without a bucket before throwing up 6 points in the final 90 seconds, but Centerville had pulled too far away for the Hounds to steal the win.
Senior CJ Richardson led Fort Madison with 15 points followed by junior Kaleb Cresswell with 9 points, all on 3s, junior Treavor James-Kokjohn had 6 and senior Landon Bentley had 5. Austin Rose dumped in a bucket in the second half.
The Hounds are 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in the conference heading into Saturday’s girls/boys varsity matchup at Burlington Notre Dame.