Fillies, Lady Cubs ready for Saturday’s IHS Invitational

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

For the first time in a long time, Iola High’s Fillies did not advance to last year’s IHS Invitational final round. They didn’t like it very much.
On the other side, Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs had never made it out of pool play in the Iola tournament until last year. They liked it.
Iola High Invitational 2009 opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the high school. The Fillies and the Lady Cubs are up first in different pools.
“We’ve had a week off and that was nice in that we’ve concentrated on the weaknesses we saw in our first matches of the season,” said Jodi Grover, Fillies’ head coach.
“We’ve been working on keeping our play at a quick tempo no matter what is happening on the court.”
Grover said the week of practice has allowed the Fillies to make adjustments and changes. She said they have moved players around “so we’re more effective as a team.”
Iola plays Louisburg and Ottawa at Ottawa tonight before heading into Saturday’s tournament.
On Saturday, the Fillies take on Burlington, which finished third a year ago. Humboldt, which was fourth in 2008, takes on the defending champion Anderson County High’s Lady Bulldogs.
Anderson County earned its 14th IHS Invitational title last year. It was the first time in five years the Lady Bulldogs claimed the championship after a 13-year run to open the tournament.
Others in the pool with Iola and Burlington are Caney Valley and Pittsburg. Pittsburg finished second last year.
In the south court pool with Humboldt and Anderson County are Labette County and Cherryvale.
The top two teams from each pool advance to the final round.
Admission to the tournament is $4 for adults and $3 for students.