Tigers fend off Fillies

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Going up for a rebound is Iola High’s Jazmyne Honeycutt (10) as Iola teammates and three Fort Scott High players watch. Fort Scott handed the homestanding Fillies a 39-32 loss in Southeast Kansas League play Friday.

When the 10th-ranked and league-leading team comes to town, you want to put forth your best effort.
Iola High’s Fillies made at good game of Friday’s Southeast Kansas League game with Fort Scott High’s Tigers. The Tigers put down the upset bid by the Fillies with a 39-32 decision.
Fort Scott used two decisive runs in the game to stay in front. One came after Iola grabbed its only lead of night, 14-13, with two minutes left in the first half.
The Tigers ended the half on a 7-0 run to lead 20-14 at the break. They were up 24-16 when Iola scored six straight to pull within two points.
Scoring 10 unanswered points, Fort Scott pushed out far enough, 34-22, by the 4:26 mark of the fourth quarter. The Tigers made the difference at the free-throw line, hitting 13 of 26 for the game, but hit six straight to open the fourth period.
“We have trouble scoring against Fort Scott. I thought we did a great job in the second quarter looking for scores and played great defense,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach.
“The had that run before halftime. In the second half, we just didn’t look to score enough.”
Iola shot 38 percent, 13 of 34, from the field and went 4 of 11 at the line. Fort Scott was 13 of 33, 39 percent, from the field.
“Both of us play very good man-to-man defense. The difference is Fort Scott is more patient on offense to wait for the open looks than we are,” Carlson said.
Iola trailed 5-0 when Kayla Callahan came off the bench to score with 1:28 left in the first quarter. Fort Scott led 7-2 headed to the second period.
Kelsey Larson netted a three-pointer to make it 9-5. Fort Scott upped its lead by four before Jazmyne Honeycutt scored for Iola to set off a run by the Fillies.
Kelsey Larson hit another trey with 3:39 left make it 13-10. Jenna Sigg got untracked for a field goal.
Sigg’s steal and layup put Iola up 14-13. Then came the Fort Scott surge to the front again, 20-14.
After falling behind 24-16 in the third quarter, Megan Larson, Honeycutt and Sigg had consecutive baskets.
Fort Scott’s Brittany Bingesser connected to make it 26-22. The Tigers drove the lane as the fourth quarter began and Jolee Sharp hit four free throws and Kori Page Rienbolt downed two tosses followed by a basket by Bingesser..
Iola dropped to 7-7 in the SEK and 8-10 overall. Fort Scott improved to 15-0 in the league and 16-3 overall.
The Fillies finish out the SEK and regular season next week. They host Coffeyville Tuesday and go to Pittsburg Thursday.
Sigg led the Fillies with 10 points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists. Honeycutt added nine points and seven rebounds. Iola had 20 turnovers.
Rienbolt tossed in 14 points and Sharp had 13 for Fort Scott.
Iola won the junior varsity game 51-45 led by Carly Mulsow with 18 points.
Iola’s freshmen won 36-23. Kendra Taiclet scored 18 pints and Kelsey Adams had 11 points.

Iola (2-12-8-10—32) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 0-0-4-0, K. Larson 0/2-1-2-7, Honeycutt 4-1-4-9, Jacobs 0-0-5-0, Callahan 1-0-0-2, Sigg 5-0-4-10, M. Larson 1-2-3-4. TOTALS: 11/2-4-22-32.
Fort Scott (7-13-6-13—39): Sharp 2-9-3-13 Therwhanger 1-0-2-2, Carpenter 0-0-1-0, Rienbolt 6-2-1-14, Bingesser 1-1-3-3, Collins 2-1-3-5, McDermed 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 13-13-14-39.