FORT MADISON – The FMHS boys basketball team dropped it’s home opener Tuesday night despite having three players in double figures.
Ottumwa came to the HoundDome in non-conference action and downed the Bloodhounds 54-47 behind 18 points from sophomore Trae Swartz. Senior Lathan Hamm scored 14 converting just two from the field, but was sent to the free throw line 12 times converting 10.
Fort Madison was led by junior Jayden Fedler who scored 13 in the post for FMHS. Senior Brandon Keester had 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and senior Logan Rashid added 10.
The game started slow with Ottumwa holding a small 4-3 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the first period. The Bulldogs then stretched the lead to 19-11 just one minute into the second period. Ottumwa would outscore Fort Madison 14-10 in the second period and held a 32-19 lead going into the half.
The Bloodhounds looked to make a game of it in the third period when they closed the gap to six at 36-30 with three minutes left in the third quarter, a byproduct of a 11-4 FMHS run. Fort Madison would cut into the lead again with a bucket to make it 36-32. Trailing by four going into the final period, Ottumwa would put up a 7-0 run of it’s own before Fort Madison would counter to make it 44-38. With a minute remaining, the Hounds had cut the lead again to four at 46-42, but Ottumwa sealed the win outscoring FMHS 8-5 in the final minute to put the game away.
Senior Jordyn Gerdes had six points, junior Parker Denning had three, senior Lennon Barker had two points and Jace Burgher had a point to round out the scoring for Fort Madison. The Bloodhounds travel to Keokuk on Friday to open Southeast Conference play.