BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Junior Amber Dilsaver set a new FMHS 5-on-5 scoring record Saturday night, but the Hounds dropped their eighth straight.
Monmouth-Roseville came into the Hound Dome Saturday night and handed Fort Madison a 61-52 loss in non-conference girls varsity action.
Dilsaver hit on 14-of-24 shooting including 7 of 9 from the free throw line on her way to 35 points, 28 of which were layups within two feet of the basket. Monmouth-Roseville switched to a 2-3 zone to try and get the six-foot junior off track but the inlet passes kept coming and Dilsaver kept dumping them in. However she wasn’t aware she was at the 30 point mark until pulled from the game in the fourth quarter.
“When I came over to the bench they told me I was over 30, but I didn’t know,” she said.
Dilsaver was averaging right at 10 points per game but didn’t play in Friday’s game against Keokuk due to an injury and missed another game this year. But she got right to the point about how this game was different.
“I don’t know…they were kinda shorter than me,” she said. “It’s more of a team thing really. I felt like the way they were guarding me, my team realized that and that’s when they were like, ‘Get the ball to her, she knows she’s open.”
Head Coach Charlie Knipe told Dilsaver in the lockerroom that she had set the school record.
“She did a great job, but we missed a lot of shots at the end,” Knipe said. “I thought we did what we wanted to do, we just didn’t take care of business.”
Knipe said the opening three minutes kind of set the stage for the game.
“We came out and missed three layups right off the bat. We had eyes on the bucket and we just missed them. Then I think we got a little gun-shy and apprehensive about what we can do,” he said.
The Lady Hounds didn’t score until the 5-minute mark in the first quarter and trailed 10-5 at the end of the period. Monmouth pushed the lead to six at halftime 31-24 highlighted by about 3 minutes in the second quarter where the Hounds didn’t take a shot choosing instead to work the ball around the perimeter usually resulting in a turnover.
The 3rd quarter was much the same and the Hounds were down by as much as nine, but then a couple of quick inside buckets by Dilsaver and an 8-1 run had FMHS within two with six minutes remaining. But Monmouth completed a 3-point play at the other end on their next possession to push the lead back to 5 and then to seven on a bucket in transition.
The Hounds had a shot to trim the lead to 3 when Kamryn Bailey was fouled on a drive from the left side, but the ball bounced around and came out and Bailey missed the free-throw.
The Hounds fall to 3-10 on the season and travel to Burlington on Tuesday.