Cyclones too quick for Fillies in substate play

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Maggie Wilson (13) guards Ottawa High’s Jordan Baldwin (23) in the second half of Monday’s Class 4A substate opening-round game at Ottawa. The Cyclones downed the Fillies 78-51 to end Iola’s season.

OTTAWA — Iola High’s Fillies weathered several “fly-bys” by Ottawa High’s Cyclones Monday night.
They were still in their Kansas Class 4A Substate Tournament opening-round game. Kelsey Larson’s three-pointer at the buzzer had the visiting Fillies trailing by just eight, 36-28, at halftime.
The quickness of Ottawa’s guards — senior Jori Graf and freshman Jordan Baldwin — proved to be a factor in Iola’s 78-51 loss. Not since 1998 had an Iola High girls’ team bowed out of the 4A playoffs in the first round.
“That’s a very, very good Ottawa team. It’s the best team we’ve played this season,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach.
“Our girls played a good game, maybe one of our best efforts, tonight.”
Carlson said Ottawa picked up its defensive pressure in the second half “and got in the passing lanes more. Their overall quickness caused us problems.
“They got a lot of easy layups in transition from steals and from us not getting back quick enough on defense.”
The Fillies finished the 2008-2009 season at 10-11. They were 9-7 in Southeast Kansas League play.
Ottawa not only had quickness but size over Iola. Patrolling the inside game was 5-11 junior Kearsten Peoples and 5-11 senior Kara McFarland. Oceana Scobee, a 5-11 sophomore, came off the bench.
Iola senior Megan Larson, who is 5-9, provided inside play for the Fillies.
“Megan did a good job. She, Jazmyne and Jenna had great games. They did what they needed to do. Ottawa is a good team that we didn’t match up well with on the court at all times,” Carlson said.
Jazmyne Honeycutt, a junior, led the Fillies with 19 points. She started the game with a three-pointer at the 6:06 mark, making it 4-3. Lyndsi Faulhaber hit a jumper to help the Fillies keep pace.
Jenna Sigg, a senior who had eight points and eight rebounds in the game, scored at the 4:07 mark. Ottawa had a four-point run then Megan Larson sank two free throws. In the final minute of the quarter, the Fillies got a free throw from Megan Larson, a field goal by Sigg then Honeycutt beat the buzzer with a trey.
Iola led 15-14 headed into the second quarter.
But Baldwin led another fly-by from the Cyclones. She nailed back-to-back threes and had consecutive layups in transition to push Ottawa to a 24-17 lead.
Iola kept working. M. Larson and Honeycutt hit both ends of one-and-ones. Jacobs pulled up to connect from the outside making it 28-23 with 3:51 on the clock.
Kelsey Larson scored to keep it at a five-point margin. The Cyclones went on a mini fly-by with six unanswered points. Then K. Larson drilled the three before the break.
Baldwin, who scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the first half, set the tone of the second half. She made a steal for another layup. McFarland downed two free throws.
Honeycutt scored four straight points for Iola. Then it was an 11-4 surge by the Cyclones to extend their lead, 53-36. They led 59-44 after three quarters.
Ottawa opened the fourth stanza with five straight points to bump the margin to 20.
“Our girls never quit. They played hard to the end just like they have all season,” Carlson said. “That’s the first thing coaches say to me after a game, ‘your kids played hard.’ And they do.
“What these seniors have given to us is their work ethic. That dominoes down to the younger players.”
Iola loses Sigg, M. Larson, Jacobs and Codi Ellis to graduation.
Megan Larson scored 14 points Monday. She was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line and had a three-pointer.
Iola shot 38 percent, 16 of 42, from the field and downed 14 of 16 free throw attempts. The Fillies had 20 turnovers.
Honeycutt had three steals. K. Larson had two steals and three assists.
Peoples scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kristen Hendrickson tossed 15 points and Graf had 11. Ottawa shot 52 percent, 32 of 62, from the field and hit 11 of 19 free throws.
Ottawa is hosting the substate semifinal and championship games Friday and Saturday. Ottawa will play the winner of tonight’s Fort Scott-Osawatomie matchup on Friday.
Top-seeded Paola (20-0) hosts Prairie View tonight Anderson County is at Louisburg. Winners advance to the semifinals on Friday at Ottawa.
Iola (15-13-16-7—51) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 1-0-0-2, K. Larson 1/1-0-4-5, Honeycutt 3/3-4-3-19, Wilson 0-0-1-0, Jacobs 1-0-1-2, Callahan 0-1-1-1, Sigg 3-2-2-8, McGuffin 0-0-1-0, M. Larson 2/1-4-14. TOTALS: 11/5-14-17-51.
Ottawa (14-22-23-19—78) (FG/3-pt): Graf 3/1-2-3-11, Miller 0-0-2-0, Watts 1-0-2-2, baldwin 8/2-1-2-23, Scobee 4-0-4-8, Hendrickson 5-5-1-15, McFarland 2-2-1-6, Peoples 6-1-13. TOTALS: 29/3-11-16-78.