BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison girls basketball team had one of their most balanced scoring nights of the season in a 44-49 loss to Burlington at the Hound Dome Tuesday night.
Taylor Shannon scored 12 points to lead Fort Madison including two more from 3-point range. The senior guard hit five in a contest against Albia back on January 6.
Burlington raced out to a 16-3 first quarter lead behind 12 points from Tarae Warner and Terria Baker, but Fort Madison held the Grayhounds in check in the second period, tying them at 12 each for a 13-26 deficit at halftime. Maddie Rashid led the Hounds in the first half with five points.
The Bloodhounds cut into the lead coming out of the lockerroom outscoring Burlington 13-11 to trail by 11 going into the final period. Shannon had her two 3-pointers in that period to help cut into the margin.
But the Hounds found a way to get to the free throw line frequently in the final period, shooting 7 of 10 from the line, and had cut the lead to nine with about two minutes to go 39-48. The Grayhounds’ Emily Bloomer did most of the damage keeping Fort Madison at bay with three 3-pointers in the quarter, her only points of the night.
Anna Kester and Sara Bernhart each scored eight points for Fort Madison, Rashid finished with five points, Kamryn Bailey had four, Braxtyn McGhghy added three, and Eleesha Estrada and Katie Larson each had a bucket for Fort Madison.
The Hounds would go on a 5-1 run to end the game, but the rally came up short and the Hounds remain winless on the year at 0-14. They host Holy Trinity Catholic Saturday night before traveling to Danville on Tuesday.