Fillies can’t catch Lady Tigers

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Kayla Callahan (24) goes in for a basket in the first quarter of Tuesday’s Southeast Kansas League game here with Fort Scott High’s Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers were able to hold off the Fillies for a 47-42 win.

At times in Tuesday’s Southeast Kansas League game, Iola High’s Fillies took one step forward and two steps back. They were trying to catch Fort Scott High’s Lady Tigers and just couldn’t.
Fort Scott bounced the Fillies 47-42 pushing, Iola to a 1-5 SEK mark, also the Fillies’ overall record for the season.
“Yes, in the game we were like that but overall, tonight we took steps forward,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach.
“We grew up tonight. We never lost focus. Our effort and execution were pretty good throughout the game.”
Unfortunately, the Lady Tigers (4-2 SEK, 5-4) got out quick, 6-0, and led by 10, 14-4, by the end of the first quarter. It was catch-up time all night for Iola.
“Early we missed some point-blank shots again and that hurt us. We sent them to the foul line too much, especially in the second quarter,” Carlson said.
Iola’s first six points were scored by Kayla Callahan on the inside. Carlson pointed to two three-pointers — one by Jazmyne Honeycutt at the 4:50 mark and one by Maggie Wilson at the 3:41 mark — in the second quarter that “fired us up.”
Fort Scott scored 10 of its 12 points in the second quarter from the free-throw line.
Iola was down 19-9 with 5:38 on the clock. Mindy Powelson connected on a short jumper then came the two treys. Powelson scored with 3:13 left and it was a two-point game, 21-19.
But Iola gave up four points from the line in a span of a minute. Kelsey Larson and Honeycutt were on the Fillies’ bench with three fouls each.
Kendra Taiclet, like Wilson and Powelson came off the bench to help Iola, scored with 1:28 left. Fort Scott’s Jolee Sharp sank two free throws to put her team up 26-21 at halftime.
Down 28-21, Honeycutt nailed another three, then stole the basketball and scored. She was fouled but missed the free throw, making it 28-26.
One step forward, two steps back. Courtney Carpenter hit a three for the Lady Tigers, Iola turned the ball over and Fort Scott pushed back out to a 35-26 lead.
Taiclet answered with a three and Honeycutt hit one of two free throws. Back came the Fillies.
Trailing by seven, Larson swiped the ball and made a layup and Callahan scored. Iola missed free throws at crucial times. The Fillies finished 8 of 16 at the line while Fort Scott was 17 of 27.
Sharp, who finished with 20 points, hit a three with 5:18 left to play. Iola stayed in the game with a basket by Taiclet and two free throws by Wilson, making it 40-39 with 2:31 on the clock.
Sammi Therwhanger dropped in two charities and Carpenter drained a three. Honeycutt and Larson pulled the Fillies to within three, 45-42, with 44 seconds left.
Sharp iced the game hitting both ends of a one-and-one with seven seconds left.
“The girls never got down and kept playing hard. We’re getting better,” Carlson said. “We had good minutes off the bench from Mindy, Maggie and Ken-dra.”
Iola shot 45.5 percent, 15 of 33, from the field. Fort Scott was 13 of 43, 30 percent. The Lady Tigers outrebounded the Fillies 40 to 21.
Honeycutt had 13 points and six steals for Iola.
Iola won the junior varsity game 30-29 led by Lisa McFadden’s 12 points. Fort Scott took the freshman game 40-27 as Alexa Fawson fired in 17 points for Iola.
The Fillies go to Girard Thursday. They are at home Friday against Coffeyville in SEK play.
Iola (4-17-13-8—42) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 0-0-2-0, Larson 2-1-4-5, Taiclet 2/1-0-1-7, Wilson 0/1-2-2-5, Honeycutt 1/2-5-4-13, Callahan 4-0-4-8, Powelson 2-0-3-4, McGuffin 0-0-3-0. TOTALS: 11/4-8-23-42.
Fort Scott (14-12-11-10—47) (FG/3-pt): Sharp 4/1-9-2-20, Therwhanger 2-2-3-6, Carpenter 0/3-0-0-9, Shelton 1-2-4-4, Harper 1-0-2-2, McDermed 1-4-3-6, Campbell 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 9/4-17-16-47.