Hounds suffer setback at No. 6 Iowa City West


IOWA CITY – The Fort Madison Bloodhound girls got what they were looking for Saturday in Iowa City.

Head Coach Tony Sargent had been looking for a stiffer challenge for the Hounds as regionals close start next week. He got that and then some as Iowa City West handed Fort Madison it’s second loss of the year 66-34 on the road.

But it was the second half that separated the unranked Class 4A Bloodhounds and Class 5A’s No. 6 Trojans.

Fort Madison trailed by just four points at the end of the first quarter 13-9. The Hounds would cut that lead to just one point at 15-14, But a six-minute scoreless stretch from there would throw the Lady Hounds out of sync.

West would go on a 9-0 run to take a 24-14 lead before Fort Madison would hit a 3-ball to cut the lead to seven. West would stretch that to a nine-point halftime lead at 28-19.

The West defense would stymie the Hounds again in the third period and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Audrey Koch would put up nine of her game-high 21 in the third and Fort Madison would manage just five points in period as West rushed ahead 47-24.

The fourth was more of the same as Fort Madison was outscored 19-10 to set the final.

West (5-1, 8-3) had three players in double figures led by Koch and four other players with six each.

Fort Madison was lead by Malarie Ross’ 20. Camille Kruse and Brandy Walker each had seven for Fort Madison (7-1,14-2).

Fort Madison’s game with Danville Monday night was canceled due to travel conditions. The girls host Burlington Friday night for Senior Night and the season conference finale.

The Hounds secured a conference title with their win over Washington Friday night. It was the first title in 23 years.

Iowa City West won the junior varsity game 70-68. Taylor Johnson had 14 for Fort Madison. Lauryn Helmick, and Isabella Boeding each had 11. Irelynd Sargent had 10 in the loss.

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