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Titans vs Ft. Madison

December 10, 2012
By Judy Melton of Warsaw High School

FORT MADISON — Not long after Fort Madison figured out how to control Paxton Harmon’s scoring for West Hancock, Titan Austin Hardy went to work from long range, as the visitors from across the river handed the Bloodhounds their first varsity boys loss of the season, 57-41 Tuesday night at the Hound-Dome.

Big first-quarter leads don’t always hold up — just asked Keokuk, which started out 12-2 against the Bloodhounds Friday.

But seven Fort Madison turnovers in the first quarter and four three-pointers by Harmon gave the Titans a 16-5 lead they would never relinquish.

Although Fort Madison was always within striking distance, the Bloodhounds were outscored a little in each of the final three quarters.

Harmon scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the first half, so Fort Madison Head Coach Jon Schmitz moved Miles Wentzien over to guard the hot-hitting guard. Harmon scored just two field goals in the third quarter and reinjured his right ankle midway through the fourth.

That made for a low-scoring third quarter which West Hancock won 8-7, but Hardy hit a couple of three-pointers in the fourth to pad the Titans’ lead again.

Hardy finished with 13 points.

West Hancock’s vaunted defense held Fort Madison to just three field goals on eight attempts. Wentzien, the Bloodhounds’ leading scorer, took one three-pointer for his only shot attempt in the first half and finished with just three points.

The Bloodhounds did manage to keep the Titans under 10 offensive rebounds, but Fort Madison didn’t get its first until 5:30 left in the game, a putback by Wesley Bernhardt. West Hancock easily outrebounded the host team 32-20.

Fort Madison’s John Nagel gained more than half of his team-high 15 points at the free-throw line. He was 7 of 8 in the first half and 8 of 10 on the night. Bernhardt had 11 points and six rebounds.

Marcus Knipe finished with eight points, but is 7 of 8 from the field in his last two games.

Parker Gibbs scored eight points for West Hancock and grabbed nine rebounds. Coy Dorothy had six points.

West Hancock improves to 5-1, and Fort Madison drops to 3-1. The Titans host Pittsfield Saturday at Warsaw High School.

Junior Varsity

Fort Madison outlasted West Hancock 60-57 in overtime.

Jon Swanson paced the Titans with 20 points. Cole Fox scored 18 points. Andrew Hardy had six points. Kyle Adams added five points. Josh Koechle scored four points, and Luke Sinele finished with three points.

David Nagel paced the Bloodhounds with 19 points.


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