BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A cold first half from the field and a lopsided rebound advantage spelled doom for the Fort Madison girls’ basketball team in a 50-19 loss to Washington Friday night.
The girls went a chilly 2-of-13 in the first half with the only buckets coming from senior Taylor Shannon and freshman Maddie Rashid. Rashid also converted a couple of free throws in the opening period at the 2:40 mark for the first points of the game for Fort Madison, which is still looking for its first win of the year.
Sarah Bernhart’s two free throws in the second period rounded out the scoring for the Lady Hounds in the first half.
The third quarter didn’t get much better with the Hounds only completing 30% of their shots on 3-10 from the field.
Senior Kamryn Bailey hit underneath with about 5:11 to go in the 3rd period to cut the lead to 12 at 10-22, and then Shannon scored and Nadia Boeding scored with a nice assist from Shannon in a 6-0 run that brought the Hounds to within eight at 14-22. Washington had an answer, however, as sophomore Halle Leyden hit a 3-ball and junior Isabel Bailey scored to push the lead to 27-14.
Washington then went into a trap-press that sometimes had three girls on one ball handler and forced the Hounds into 10 turnovers in the fourth period. The pressure resulted in a 13-4 run that the Hounds couldn’t recover from.
Shannon, Boeding, and Rashid all had four points to lead Fort Madison. Braxtyn McGhghy had three points, while Bailey and Bernhart each added two to round out the scoring for the Hounds.
In the junior varsity matchup, the Hounds downed the Demons 29-24. Fort Madison was led by Boeding with seven points. Kylee Cashman had six points and Dalyn Wondra chipped in with five in the win.
The Hounds are off until Tuesday when they play host to (1-18) Davis County before finishing up the regular season on Friday against Southeast Conference front-runner Fairfield (15-3).