Fillies fend off Lady Titans for win

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Jazmyne Honeycutt (22) puts up a shot with Columbus High’s Danelle Crain (13) defending. Honeycutt and the Fillies survived a Columbus-dominated second half here Tuesday to win for the first time this season, 32-29.

Iola High’s Fillies won ugly Tuesday night. That’s hard to imagine after the great first half the Fillies put together.
“The important thing is we won. Whatever Columbus did in the second half, we were good enough to hold them off and win the game,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach, following a 32-29 victory by her team.
The Fillies powered their way to a 26-8 halftime lead. They shot 54 percent from the field, had six steals and 10 turnovers.
Jazmyne Honeycutt, back after having a tooth knocked out in a fall in last Friday’s game with Independence, was on a tear. She had 14 points, including two three pointers, and two steals in the first half.
“In the first half, we played as well as we can I think. We had good looks at the basket, we pushed the ball when it was there, we had nice passing,” Carlson said.
“Our defense was effective on their big girl inside (6-3 Jessica Anderson). We had good help defense on her and we controlled (Danelle) Crain.”
Honeycutt used an offensive rebound to score her opening basket. She drilled a three-pointer, then Kelsey Larson stole the ball and scored.
Iola led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter. Kendra Taiclet came off the Iola bench, went to the baseline and hit two jumpers.
Honeycutt missed on a long-range shot, followed it to grab the rebound and made a pass inside to Kayla Callahan. Callahan easily scored
Iola rattled off 10 unanswered to open the second period. Michelle Clark and Toni Taylor scored baskets in the final minute bumping Iola’s lead to 26-8 at intermission.
Then came the second half controlled by the Lady Titans. Columbus worked the ball inside on the blocks to Anderson.
The Lady Titans out-scored Iola 13-2 in the third period.
Anderson had seven of those points. Iola finally scored with 2:25 left when Larson made a steal and put the ball in the basket.
“We need to learn to finish games. That includes understanding that we have to defend all positions. We didn’t continue our help defense on Anderson and we lost Crain defensively and she hit a three on us,” Carlson said.
“But they never got in front of us and we won. We’ll take the good things from this game and move forward.”
Iola still led by seven, 28-21, going into the fourth quarter. Off the inbounds play, Taiclet had an easy layup. Lyndsi Faulhaber hit a jump shot just inside the three-point line for Iola.
Crain hit her three at the 4:42 mark to make it 32-26. Anderson hit one of two free throws with 25 seconds on the clock but Iola could not hit free throws to put the game away.
Anderson scored with nine second left and it was a three-point game. Iola was 0 of 7 from the free-throw line. Honeycutt missed on an one-and-one with seven seconds left.
But it was Honeycutt’s defensive pressure that created the final turnover of the game, coming with 1.8 seconds on the clock.
Iola was fortunate that Columbus didn’t shoot free throws much better. The Lady Titans were 2 of 9 at the line. They were 13 of 35, 37 percent, from the field.
“Free throw shooting is about finishing. We need to learn it is important to play all four quarters and work through the three-to-four minute stretches,” Carlson said.
Honeycutt ended up with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals. Larson had four rebounds. Faulhaber and Maggie Wilson each had three assists.
The Fillies shot 35 percent, 15 of 43, from the field. They had 29 rebounds and 22 turnovers.
Anderson finished with 18 points. Columbus had 32 rebounds and 18 turnovers.
Iola swept Columbus as the Fillies won the junior varsity game, 57-26. Lisa McFadden scored 12 points and Carly Mulsow had 11. There was no freshman game.
Iola improved to 1-2 overall and in Southeast Kansas League play. The Fillies travel to Chanute Friday for a league game, wrapping up first semester play.
Iola (12-14-2-4—32) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 1-0-1-2, Larson 2-0-2-4, Taiclet 3-0-2-6, Taylor 1-0-0-2, Wilson 0-0-3-0, Clark 1-0-0-2, Honeycutt 4/2-0-0-14, Callahan 1-0-5-2, Powelson 0-0-2-0, McGuffin 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 13/2-0-16-32.
Columbus (4-4-13-8—29) (FG/3-pt): M. Soper 0-0-1-0, R. Soper 0-0-2-0, Overman 2-0-4-4, Crain 1/1-0-4-5, Roberts 0-0-2-0, Thomas 0-0-1-0, Evans 0-0-1-0, Fletcher 1-0-0-2, Anderson 8-2-1-18. TOTALS: 12/1-2-16-29.