Tigers roar past Mustangs

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor


Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Standing his ground in the lane is Iola High’s Chad Rourk as Fort Scott High’s Alex Barner (44) crashes in to him early in the first half of Friday’s Southeast Kansas League game. Barner helped guide the visiting Tigers to a 68-35 win over the Mustangs.

Every contest has the “tipping point” where a team takes over. Some games several but here Friday night there was that one point that Fort Scott High’s Tigers took over.
Iola High’s Mustangs were hanging with the visitors from Fort Scott. Iola even led 8-6.
From an 8-8 tie, the Tigers used a 12-2 run to pull away. The Mustangs never recovered losing 68-35.
The loss put the Mustangs at 3-11 in Southeast Kansas League play and 3-15 overall. The Tigers climbed to 10-5 and 12-7.
“Missed opportunities in the first half — free throws and point blank shots plus we turned the ball over too many times,” said Steve Taylor, Mustang head coach.
The Mustangs finish the regular season next week. They host Coffeyville Tuesday then travel to Pittsburg on Thursday in SEK action.
Iola had a strong start with Trent Jacobs and Chad Rourk scoring inside. Fort Scott’s Gary Floyd began his scoring assault with two three-pointers.
When Jacobs scored and was fouled, the Mustangs held its last lead of the night 8-6 with 5:28 left in the first quarter. Alex Barner muscled inside for two for the Tigers to tie the game. A three-point play by Floyd, who led all scorers with 26 points, put Fort Scott up for good.
A trey by Floyd ended the Tiger flurry and the first quarter. Fort Scott owned a 20-10 lead.
The Tigers kept their momentum rolling in the second quarter. They were up 34-17 by the 3:21 mark.
Iola’s Kent Toland nailed a three-pointer and Rourk scored to cut the gap to 12, 34-22. Toland later sank two free throws keeping the Mustangs within 12, 36-24, at halftime.
Iola only shot 31 percent, 11 of 35, from the field in the game. The Mustangs just didn’t have the firepower to stay with the Tigers.
Fort Scott outscored Iola 15-7 in the third quarter and 17-4 in the fourth.
The Tigers led 51-31 heading into the fourth period. The lead increased to 30 points, 63-33, with 4:15 left triggering the running clock.
Iola was led by Rourk with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jacobs tossed in 13 points.
The Mustangs finished at 12 of 23 from the free-throw line. They were 9 of 18 in the first half. They had 24 turnovers.
“We just have to make better decisions with the ball. And we need to take advantage of the opportunities we get,” Taylor said.
Fort Scott got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Barner. The Tigers shot 49 percent, 24 of 49, from the field and cashed in on 15 of 20 free throw tries.
Fort Scott won the junior varsity game 43-24. Drew Walden scored six points and Alec Peterson had five for Iola.
In the freshman game, Fort Scott beat Iola 64-52. Christian Kauth led Iola with 22 points and Jerrik Sigg had 15.


Iola (10-14-7-4—35) (FG/3-pt): Kea. Luttrell 0-0-5-0, Pulley 0-0-1-0, Kie. Luttrell 0-0-2-0, Rourk 3-8-4-14, Toland 1/1-2-0-7, Jacobs 6-1-2-13, Cook 0-0-3-0, Middleton 0-0-1-0, Peterson 0-1-2-1. TOTALS: 10/1-12-20-35.
Fort Scott (20-16-15-17—68) (FG/3-pt): Quick 2/1-1-0-8, Hull 1-0-1-2, King 1-0-1-2, Karleskint 1-0-2-2, Floyd 5/4-4-2-26, Clement 1-0-1-3, Knopp 0-5-3-5, Norris 2-0-2-4, Schenkel 0-0-3-0, Barner 6-4-3-10 Fancher 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 19/5-15-19-68.