Fillies capture win over Purple Dragons

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register File Photo/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Jenna Sigg (25) steals the basketball from the Pittsburg High Purple Dragons in an earlier home game this season. On Thursday in Pittsburg, the Fillies beat the Purple Dragons 58-41 in their regular season finale.

PITTSBURG — Iola High’s Fillies called in the reserves when two starters got into foul trouble early Thursday against Pittsburg High’s Purple Dragons.
Codi Ellis, Kayla Callahan, Kelsey Larson, Kirstin McGuffin and Maggie Wilson provided solid minutes off the bench helping the Fillies stay close in the first half. Then they helped the Fillies pull away in the second half for a 58-41 win.
“Our bench really saved us tonight. We didn’t shoot very well in the first half and we had the foul trouble. But our young kids came in and we played good defense to keep us in the game,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies head coach.
The victory evened up Iola’s overall regular season mark at 10-10. It put the Fillies at 9-7 in Southeast Kansas League play and avenged a 42-40 loss to the Dragons earlier in the season.
In the SEK, Fort Scott beat Coffeyville 54-38 Thursday to go 16-0 in league play and 17-3 overall. Independence beat Chanute 64-46 to wrap up a tie with Labette County for second at 11-5.
Chanute, Coffeyville and Iola all finished 9-7 in league play.
The Fillies travel to Ottawa Monday to play Ottawa in the opening round of the Kansas Class 4A Substate Tournament. Tipoff is 6 p.m. at Ottawa High School.
Megan Larson picked up two fouls just under three minutes gone in the game. Jazmyne Honeycutt joined Megan Larson on the Iola bench a couple of minutes later with three fouls.
That’s when Callahan and Ellis stepped in to help. Kelsey Larson, who regularly rotates in at guard, also was on the court.
Iola led 8-4 on a basket by Brittney Jacobs but Pittsburg rattled off five straight points to gain the lead. Following an Iola timeout, Kelsey Larson scored but a basket by Kristina Willis gave the Dragons an 11-10 lead by the end of the period.
Kelsey Larson opened the second quarter with a field goal. Jenna Sigg hit one of two free throws to push Iola to a 13-11 lead at the 6:05 mark.
Pittsburg’s Stephanie Camp capped a 7-0 run with a three-pointer to give her team an 18-13 lead. Wilson hit both ends of a one-and-one for Iola with 1:49 left, then Kelsey Larson scored. She missed the free throw on a possible three-point play.
Sigg’s field goal had Iola up 19-18 but Camp scored just before halftime, giving Pittsburg the 20-19 edge at the break.
Iola made it to halftime with Megan Larson and Honeycutt not playing again and the Fillies trailed by just one point on the road.
The Fillies came out with sights set. Honeycutt hit the opening basket and “game on” for Iola. Willis scored for Pittsburg, which was the last time the home team led, 22-21.
Sigg’s first bucket of the second half put the Fillies in front to stay. Iola’s defensive play matched its offensive start to the second half. The Fillies pushed forward to a 27-22 lead. Megan Larson scored her only points of the night on two free throws with 4:57 and Iola led 29-24.
After Sigg connected on a drive to the basket, Lyndsi Faulhaber had a steal leading to a basket by Jacobs. Honeycutt nailed a three-pointer for a 36-27 lead.
Wilson had a steal and Kelsey Larson converted for Iola in transition. Then at the buzzer, Wilson drained a trey giving Iola a 41-29 advantage. Kelsey Larson opened the fourth quarter with a three.
Iola never allowed Pittsburg a run at the lead. The Fillies finished off the game by hitting 7 of 8 free throws after building a 51-35 lead.
Sigg, Honeycutt and K. Larson each fired in 14 points to lead Iola. Sigg and Callahan each pulled six rebounds and Faulhaber had four assists. Wilson had two steals. Iola made 11 turnovers.
The Fillies cashed in on 16 of 25 free throw attempts. They shot 42 percent, 19 of 45, from the field while limiting Pittsburg to 29 percent, 15 of 52. The Dragons sank 10 of 18 free throw tries.
Willis scored 16 points and Hannah Wolgamott had 10 for Pittsburg (4-12, 7-13).
Iola won the junior varsity game 48-21, led by Toni Taylor with 14 points. There was no freshman girls game.
Iola (10-9-22-17—58) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 0-2-0-2, K. Larson 5/1-1-3-14, Honeycutt 3/2-2-3-14, Ellis 0-0-1-0, Wilson 0/1-2-2-5, Jacobs 2-2-2-6, Callahan 0-1-0-1, Sigg 5-4-3-14, M. Larson 0-2-3-2. TOTALS: 15/4-16-17-58.
Pittsburg (11-9-9-12—41) (FG/3-pt): Willis 7-2-5-16, Bernhardt 2-3-4-7, Camp 1/1-0-3-5, Zimmerman 0-1-4-1, Wolgamott 3-4-2-10, Forrest 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 14/1-10-19-41.