OTTUMWA – A 14-point 4th quarter spearheaded by Aija Jenkins’ two 3-pointers was enough to give the Lady Hounds their first official win of the year Monday night in Ottumwa.
The Lady Hounds won Saturday’s exhibition game over West Burlington, but the win doesn’t go in the win column.
Jenkins led Fort Madison with 12 points on the night, followed by Taylor Johnson’s nine and Halle Menke’s eight points as the Hounds rolled to a 39-36 win.
The Lady Hounds didn’t get on the board until two minutes left in the first quarter when Johnson converted a couple free throws and Menke hit underneath. Sophomore Dayonna Davis hit a late three to tie things up at 7 going into the second period.
Ottumwa would hold the Lady Hounds to just eight points in the second half while Ottumwa put up 12 for a 19-15 lead at the half.
Ottumwa would open up a 7-point lead half way through the third period at 24-17, but Fort Madison would stage a comeback and held Ottumwa to just three more points. Fort Madison would put up eight to cut the lead to 25-27 going into the final period.
Jenkins’ eight fourth quarter points kick-started the late 4th period, with both of her threes coming in the final three minutes. The Hounds defense again stepped up allowing just five points in the final period while Fort Madison was pulling away on a 12-7 win to wrap up the win.
"Our seniors played like seniors tonight,” said Head Coach Landon Bentley playing in his first official game as the Hounds’ head coach.“They lead on the floor and off the floor. They played with confidence and stepped up to knock Fort Madison opens the season 1-0. The girls are off for the holiday break and take on Davis County at home on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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