Lady Hounds beat off Washington to take over conference leadership


Lieber fires in 15 in the first half all on 3-pointers.

Fort Madison’s Aija Jenkins (0) wrestles the ball away from Washington’s Makenna Conrad in the 4th quarter Tuesday night in Fort Madison. The Hounds won 52-46.

Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


John Huhnkamp for Pen City Current Sports

FORT MADISON — The holiday season comes at a good time for the Fort Madison High School girls’ basketball team.
The Bloodhounds will take some momentum into the time-out after beating Washington 52-46 at home on Tuesday.
Fort Madison coach Toni Sargent is hoping to find a team to battle with over the holidays, but knows her team could use a little break.
The Bloodhounds had lost three games in two days, so it was important to recover.
“You always hate it because you don’t play for a long time,” Sargent said. “We’re not playing until January 6 so it seems like we’ve had a long break. That makes it long, but it also comes at a time when the kids actually need a little break because it’s a long season.”
The Bloodhounds (6-3 overall, 3-1 Southeast Conference) led most of the game but struggled to hold their own in the fourth quarter as the Demons (5-3, 2-2) rallied.
Fort Madison led 44-32 at the end of the third quarter and then didn’t score another field goal until Camille Kruse scored 2-12 in the game. Washington came within two points twice but failed to pull out a lead.
“We just sort of rushed our shots,” Sargent said. “We took shots we didn’t have to take. We didn’t work around the clock. I know we have the shot clock but we could have turned it down a bit to get better shots.
“Our shots that we took weren’t necessarily bad, they just didn’t fall.”
In the second quarter, Kruse took control of the game with 23 points. She missed in the first quarter but had 13 in the second, including seven to open the quarter and give Fort Madison a 19-7 lead.
“She’s one of those players who can score at will,” Sargent said. “Sometimes she’s not as selfish as she should be – she tries to include everyone else and that’s okay. But then she takes over and makes it big when we need her.”
Ajia Jenkins added 12 points for the Bloodhounds.
Now they can take a break.
“This is a great group of girls,” Sargent said. “We’re 6-3 and we were hoping to be a little better. A couple of these games could have gone either way, but it is what it is. So I’m happy where we are at the moment.”

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