’Nado boys push past Mustangs

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Mustangs were playing catchup all night Tuesday against visiting Coffeyville Field Kindley High’s Golden Tornado. Coffeyville’s Patrick Shobe (14) is on his way to the basket as Iola’s Michael Middleton (33) tries to prevent a shot trailing Shobe. Coffeyville beat Iola 70-41.

Coffeyville Field Kindley High’s Golden Tornado laid waste to Iola High’s Mustangs’ final home game of the season Tuesday.
The Mustangs stayed with the more athletic, quicker and bigger Tornado boys through the first half. Coffeyville led just by nine points, 35-26, at halftime.
Then Iola was scorched by a 74-percent shooting performance in the second half by the ’Nado boys. Coffeyville outscored Iola 20-4 in the third quarter en route to a 70-41 victory.
“We didn’t put the ball in the hole in the third quarter and they hit everything they put up. We had good looks and didn’t finish the shots,” said Steve Taylor, Mustang head coach.
The Mustangs dropped to 3-11 in Southeast Kansas League play while Coffeyville improved to 10-5. Iola (3-17) finishes the regular season Thursday at Pittsburg.
Iola will be the No. 8 seed in next week’s Kansas Class 4A Substate Tournament hosted by Ottawa.
“Our kids played hard all night but Coffeyville’s quickness gave us trouble,” Taylor said.
For the game, Coffeyville shot 44 percent, 28 of 63, from the field but in the second half the Golden Tornado was 14 of 19 from the field. The ’Nado boys were 8 of 14 from the free-throw line.
Iola shot 29.5 percent, 13 of 44, from the field for the game and hit 11 of 21 free throw attempts.
A basket by Chad Rourk with 43 seconds left in the second quarter pulled the Mustangs to within nine at halftime. Iola did not score in the third period until Rourk hit one of two free throws at the 2:56 mark making it 50-27.
The lone field goal of the third quarter for the Mustangs came with 36.7 seconds on the clock. It was a three-pointer by Seth Walden, who was 4 of 8 from outside the arc,
By the midway mark of the fourth quarter, Coffeyville had stretched it lead to 62-37.
Iola opened well in its final home contest. Rourk had two baskets and Kent Toland added a field goal to put Iola up 6-3. A three-pointer by Patrick Shobe tied the game with 5:37 left.
Walden’s first trey of the night broke the tie at the 3:21 mark. Coffeyville pushed out to an 11-9 lead but Iola came right back when Trent Jacobs sank a free throw and Michael Middleton had a bucket to give Iola the lead, 12-11. That was Iola’s final lead of the night with 1:02 left in the period.
Ethan Cordray scored followed by a basket from Chris Caresio. Cordray stole the basketball and added a layup. Coffeyville was up 17-12 heading into the second quarter.
Caresio fired in a three-pointer and Walden responded by draining a three for Iola. A field goal by Jacobs and Toland hitting both ends of a one-and-one made it 24-20 with 5:41 left. The Mustangs got no closer.
Walden ended up with 14 points for the Mustangs. Rourk scored 10 while Jacobs had eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
Caresio led Coffeyville with 19 points followed by 18 from Shobe and 14 from Cordray. Coffeyville claimed 42 rebounds and made 15 steals in the game.
Coffeyville won the junior varsity game 57-35. Charles Apt scored 19 points for Iola. Coffeyville edged the Iola freshmen 55-51 as Christian Kauth scored 20 points, Jerrik Sigg had 11 and Clint Heffern added nine points.
Iola (12-14-4-11—41) (FG/3-pt): Kea. Luttrell 0-0-2-0, Kie. Luttrell 1-0-1-2, Rourk 4-2-2-10, Toland 1-2-0-4, Jacobs 1-6-2-8, S. Walden 1/4-0-0-14, Cook 0-0-4-0, Middleton 1-0-3-2, Snavely 0-1-1-1. TOTALS: 9/4-11-15-41.
Coffeyville (17-18-20-15—70) (FG/3-pt): Walton 1-0-0-2, Hobbs 2-0-2-4, Mitchell 2-0-2-4, Shobe 7/1-1-5-18, Caresio 3/3-4-2-19, Craig 1-2-0-4, Cordray 4/2-0-0-14, Parker 1-0-4-0, Barnes 0-0-1-0, Ken. Thompkins 1-0-1-2, Kam. Thompkins 0-1-0-1. TOTALS: 22/6-8-17-70.