Mustangs bow out of 4A substate

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Posting up for the basketball is Iola High senior Seth Snavely (44) as Ottawa High freshman James People (53) defends in Monday’s Class 4A substate game. Ottawa posted a 79-31 win over Iola to oust the Mustangs from postseason play.

OTTAWA — Iola High’s Mustangs were tossed and turned early and often in Monday’s Kansas Class 4A Substate Tournament opener.
Top-seeded Ottawa High’s Cyclones rolled to a 79-31 win at home Monday. Ottawa is hosting the semifinal and championship games of the substate Thursday and Saturday.
“We allowed Ottawa to dictate the style of the game and they got us out of what we wanted to do early,” said Steve Taylor, Mustang head coach.
“They shot the ball extremely well. They (Ottawa) played like a No. 1 seed is supposed to play.”
With the loss, the Mustangs end up 3-18. That equals the 2005-2006 season for an Iola team and Iola was 3-18 in 1989-90.
“We missed opportunities in the first half and our confidence level dropped,” Taylor said.
“But the guys kept playing hard. I can’t thank my kids enough for what they gave me in my first year here at Iola. They did what we asked and played hard all season.
“Our seniors will be missed and they will be the base — the foundation — of what we build of the Iola High program.”
Senior Trent Jacobs scored the first six points of the game for Iola. Jacobs ended up with six points and seven rebounds.
Senior Chad Rourk had the next three points. He ended up with eight points and five rebounds. Senior Nick Cook had five rebounds.
Iola was without the services of starter Seth Walden, a junior, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.
Ottawa blasted its way to a 23-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Cyclones controlled a 45-19 halftime advantage.
Ottawa held Iola to 12 points in the second half.
The Mustangs shot 20 percent, 9 of 46, from the field. They were 12 of 21 at the free-throw line.
“I told our kids after the game that we have things to work on and get better for next year,” Taylor said.
Other seniors playing in their final game were Keagan and Kiefer Luttrell and Seth Snavely.
The Cyclones (16-5) shot 47 percent, 31 of 66, from the field. They hit seven three-pointers in the first half. Ottawa was 10 of 17 from the line.
Adam Hasty, a sophomore guard, ripped the nets for four threes on his way to 18 points. Senior Austin Hasty had one three and scored 15 point. Eight more Cyclones scored in the game.
Ottawa had a 49 to 35 edge in rebounding.
In other games in the 4A substate Monday, it was Fort Scott 59, Prairie View 31; Louisburg 54, Anderson County 38; Osawatomie 52, Paola 47.
In Thursday’s semifinals, Ottawa plays Louisburg at 7:30 p.m. and Fort Scott takes on Osawatomie at 6 o’clock.
The championship game is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ottawa.
Iola ended up 3-13 in Southeast Kansas League play for the season.
Iola (9-10-5-7—31) (FG/3-pt): Kea. Luttrell 0-0-2-0, Kief. Luttrell 0-0-1-0, Rourk 3-2-5-8, Jacobs 2-2-1-6, Cook 1-2-1-4, Middleton 0/1-0-1-3, Snavely 0-1-1-1, Apt 0-5-1-5, Peterson 2-0-3-4. TOTALS: 8/1-12-35-31.
Ottawa (23-22-16-18—79) (FG/3-pt): Steelman 2/1-0-1-7, Maxwell 3/1-0-3-9, Adam Hasty 2/4-2-0-18, Austin Hasty 4/1-4-0-15, Ingold 0-0-3-0, Clayton 1-0-2-2, Martin 3-2-0-8, Barber 3-0-3-6, Moore 1-0-2-2, Dengel 3-0-2-6, Peoples 2-2-2-6. TOTALS: 24/7-10-18-79.