Close ones get away from IMS Pony girls

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola Middle School’s Torrie Lewis (45) and Haley Slater (40) give an opponent from a home game earlier this season nowhere to go down low in seventh-grade action.
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Iola Middle School’s Alexis Hobbs (31) puts up a shot over several defenders at a home game earlier this season in eighth-grade play. The IMS girls’ teams ended their season at Parsons Monday.

PARSONS — Iola Middle School’s girls lost heartbreakers in their final games of the 2009 season.
The IMS eighth-grade A-team lost 28-27 to host Parsons Middle School Monday. The Ponies trailed 15-6 at halftime.
The Ponies came out and held Parsons scoreless in the third quarter. Iola scored seven points to make it 15-13. Iola had a 14-13 scoring edge in the fourth quarter but came up just short.
“I can’t say enough good things about these girls,” said Marty Taylor, IMS head basketball coach. “The played four quarters of pretty good basketball Monday night.”
Alexis Hobbs fired in 13 points for Iola. Paige Miller added six points and Halie Cleaver had four points. Emma Sigg and Chay Hutton each had two points.
“These girls never quit and came to practice every day to work hard and get better. It didn’t always show up on the scoreboard but I’m very proud of each of these kids,” Taylor said.
Iola’s seventh-grade A-team also fell behind in its contest with Parsons. Parsons led 18-11 at halftime and Iola chipped away in the second half but lost 26-25.
Haley Slater and Lexie Long each tossed in seven points for Iola. Emma Piazza had six points. Emmalee Seabolt added four and Kyra More had one point.
“The girls got off to such a slow start it was an uphill climb,” Taylor said. “They kept fighting and put themselves in a position to win at the end. Emma and Lexie had their best games of the season.”
Combining eighth- and seventh-grade players for a B-team game, Iola lst 26-15. Addie Haar and Shelby Reno each had four points.
Scoring two points each were Jo Lohman, Hannah Stout and Torrie Lewis. Katie Shields had one point.