BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison boys basketball team had just three wins against 10 losses going into Tuesday’s night’s game with Missouri’s Clark County.
The Hounds dropped a 45-37 loss to Keokuk on the road Monday for the 10th loss, but rebounded to knock off the visiting Indians 60-49 behind 21 points from senior Jayden Fedler.
Fort Madison jumped out early against Clark County with a couple of 3-balls from Fedler and senior Parker Denning for a 10-4 first quarter lead.
Sophomore Reinburn Turnbull, who’s seeing more and more action off the bench splitting time with the junior varsity squad, hit a three in the second quarter along with Michael Mosena. But the Indians would ramp up the defense and find some success inside to outscore Fort Madison 21-12 to take a 27-22 lead into the locker room.
Fort Madison would return the favor with some solid defense of their own and an 18-8 run in the 3rd keyed by Fedler’s seven points from inside the lane. Fedler finished with 21 to lead all scorers.
The Hounds would push the lead to ten at 47-37 in the fourth forcing Clark County to begin fouling. The Indians put Fort Madison at the free throw line 20 times in the final eight minutes and the Hounds converted on 14 of the 20, including Miles Dear’s 4 of 4, to put the game away.
Denning finished with 14 on the night. Sophomore Dayton Davis and Mosena each had seven. Jace Burgher and Dear put in four, and Turnbull had three to round out the Hounds scoring.
Connor Mack had 15, 10 in the second half for the Indians. Brandan Kracht had a dozen.
At Monday’s make up game with Keokuk, a slow start put the Hounds down by eight out of the gate, which proved to be the difference in the game.
With Keokuk collapsing on Fedler in the lane, holding him to no first half points. The Hounds made some adjustments and Denning was able to get some open looks on the perimeter putting up 10 points in the second quarter as Fort Madison closed the gap to three down 22-19 at the break.
With the outside game warming up, Fedler and Davis were able to get some things going in a defensive third period combining for 10 points. Fort Madison cut into the Keokuk lead again trailing by just a bucket going into the fourth period.
But senior Eddie Lee, who’s averaging just under four points per game, put up six in the quarter for the Chiefs, and Fort Madison was held to just four points, two free throws from Fedler and a bucket from Mosena to spoil the Hounds chances for a win.
Denning had 15 to lead Fort Madison. Davis finished with eight and Fedler had seven.
Anthony Potratz had 12 to lead Keokuk. Lee and Tyjai Mueller had eight a piece for the Chiefs. Keokuk (12-3) has now won 12 of their last 13 and has lost all three games by a combined nine points. They host Mt. Pleasant on Friday night.
Fort Madison (4-10) hosts Fairfield (1-11) on Friday night at the Hound Dome.