BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Scoring continues to be a problem for the Fort Madison Lady Hounds as no one scored in double figures in back to back losses this weekend.
On Saturday, senior Josie Pumphrey led Fort Madison with eight points as the Hounds fell in a lopsided affair at the HoundDome to Central Lee 72-20.
Head Coach Todd McGhghy credited Central Lee coach Tony Sargent for not running up the score.
“He did a nice job of calling off the dogs,” McGhghy said. “That could have been a lot worse.”
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Central Lee rolled out to a 13-0 first quarter lead before Fort Madison could find the bottom of the net with Pumphrey hitting one of her two 3-ballson the night in the final minute of the quarter. The Hawks went to 6’1″ sophomore Mya Merschman early and often as Central Lee’s leading scorer put up 27 on the night.
Hound senior Jassmine Bass scored to cut the lead 26-7 in the second period, but Fort Madison would miss on its next four shots from the field over three minutes, while Central Lee continued to build on it’s lead.
Merschman would convert a couple free throws at the end of the first half to give the Lady Hawks a sizeable 41-11 lead at the break.
Central Lee would end all doubt in the game in the third period when they went a perfect 10-of -10 from the field, including four three pointers, two from Merschman and two from freshman Malarie Ross. The only two shots the Lady Hawks missed in the period were two of seven free throws.
Pumphrey would hit her second three pointer from the left wing for Fort Madison’s only 3rd quarter points as they trailed 70-14.
Sargent then pulled all his starters with a comfortable 56-point lead, but the Lady Hounds still struggled from the field converting just 4 of 12 in the fourth.
Pumphrey played the most minutes of any varsity game this year and tried to take advantage of the time.
“You know Josie can shoot. We knew they were a zone team and if they press, that causes her some problems because she’s been out of the game for a while,” McGhghy said.
“Eleesha, Maddie and Josie are our best shooters and we put in a nice skip rotation and got some good looks, we just couldn’t convert.”
Other than Pumphrey’s eight, Anna Kester had five, Jassmine Bass scored four, while Maddie Rashid had three and Braxtyn McGhghy added a bucket for Fort Madison.
On Friday, Sadie Carrasco put up 14 as Mt. Pleasant tripped up Fort Madison 52-22 in Mt. Pleasant.
Kester and Brandy Walker led Fort Madison with five points each, Rashid and Bass both had four, while Nadia Boeding and Eleesha Estrada each scored two.
“That was a tough pill to swallow for the girls. They really wanted that one,” McGhghy said.
The Hounds (1-16) finish the year with three games on the road beginning with Washington on Friday. The following week they will travel to Burlington on Monday and Fairfield on Friday.