Fillies fall to Grizzlies

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Trying to pass the basketball after falling to the floor among a tangle of Labette County High defenders is Iola High’s Kayla Callahan (24). The Grizzlies were able to gang up on the Fillies Tuesday night in Southeast Kansas League play for a 54-36 win at Altamont.

ALTAMONT — Shooting the basketball from two-point, three-point or even one-point range was a problem for Iola High’s Fillies Tuesday in their 2009-2010 season opener.
Connecting on just 33 percent, 14 of 43, from the field and 6 of 19 free throw attempts was not enough to stay with host Labette County High’s Grizzlies. The Grizzlies shook off the Fillies after a close first quarter to claim a 54-36 win in Southeast Kansas League play.
“We need to find some offense. Early we ran our offense, got good looks at the basket but then traveled or shot over the basket or the ball just didn’t fall,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach.
“We got behind then we got frustrated. It’s hard to win with 31 turnovers.”
Iola trailed 7-2 when Kelsey Larson turned the ball over in the offensive end of the court. Larson quickly atoned for the mistake by intercepting a Grizzly pass and drove to the basket for two points.
Larson stole Labette County’s next inbounds pass as the Fillies used a 1-3-1 full-court press. The steal led to a basket by Kirstin McGuffin.
Iola had an opportunity to take the lead but couldn’t. Labette County pushed back out to an 11-7 advantage.
Jazmyne Honeycutt nailed a three-pointer with 4:06 left to cut the deficit to one again. And yes, opportunity came knocking to take the lead and Iola failed to convert.
At the 1:16 mark, Kendra Taiclet connected and Larson hit one of two free throws to tie the game, 13-13, with seven second left. But Labette County grabbed the rebound off the second attempt, made one pass and Tiara Ford scored before the buzzer.
Down 15-13, the Fillies saw Labette County’s McKenna Britton lead her team on a 10-point run to open the second period. Toni Taylor had a basket at the 2:48 mark for Iola and Larson hit two free throws in the final minute.
The Grizzlies led 26-17 at halftime.
Iola cut into the Labette County lead in the first four and a half minutes of the third quarter. Honeycutt had a basket and a three-pointer to make it 30-24.
The Grizzlies answered with five straight points. They pushed their lead to 10, 37-27, going into the fourth quarter. Britton took over from there.
Britton hit two unguarded three-pointers, made a steal and drove the length of the court for a basket. She added another field goal to gain a 47-29 lead for her team.
“We didn’t get out on her. We’ve got to get better playing man-to-man defense overall. Right now, I’m not comfortable playing man-to-man as much as I like,” Carlson said.
“We have to shoot free throws better than this. And we have to stay away from silly fouls. We also have to take care of the ball better.”
Honeycutt and Larson each scored 10 points for Iola. Larson controlled six of the team’s 41 rebounds. Honeycutt and Lyndsi Faulhaber had three steals and two assists apiece.
Carlson said not all was bad on the basketball court for the Fillies. She was pleased with the play of the girls coming off the bench.
“We have girls playing whow haven’t played varsity or in the roles they are in right now. I believe it will come together quickly for us. As inexperienced as we are, I was encouraged by a lot of what I saw in the game,” Carlson said.
Iola plays Independence at home Friday.
Labette County’s Britton had 20 points. The Grizzlies hit 9 of 21 free throw attempts.
Labette County won the junior varsity game 39-18. Caitlyn Callaway and Taiclet each had five points for Iola.
The freshman girls’ game went to Labette County 50-10. Alexa Fawson and Emily Ware had four points apiece for Iola.
Iola (13-4-10-9—36) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 0-0-1-0, Larson 3-4-3-10, Taiclet 3-0-1-6, Taylor 1-0-2-2, Wilson 1-1-1-3, Greenwood 0-0-1-0, Honeycutt 2/2-0-5-10, Callahan 0-1-1-1, Powelson 1-0-2-2, McGuffin 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 12/2-6-19-36.
Labette County (15-11-11-17—54) (FG/3-pt): Workman 1/1-0-2-5, Woolfolk 0-4-1-4, Lehmann 0-0-1-0, Myers 0-0-1-0, Smith 1-1-2-3, Rohling 0-0-3-0, Ford 3-0-2-6, O’Brien 0-0-1-0, Nalley 4-1-2-9, Britton 7/2-0-2-20, Foister 2-3-0-7. TOTALS: 18/3-9-17-54.