Fillies keep the ’Nado girls winless

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Kendra Taiclet grabs the basketball for an offensive rebound with Coffeyville’s Jordan Roberts (23) coming over her back. The Fillies defeated visiting Coffeyville 45-24 Friday night.

Iola High’s Fillies needed a game like Friday night’s 45-24 win over visiting Field Kindley High from Coffeyville.
It had been a month since the Fillies had won a game. The win in Southeast Kansas League play broke a four-game losing streak for Iola.
“Yes, we needed this win. We got to play a lot of people tonight and we had a good solid performance from everybody who played,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies head coach.
Iola handed the Golden Tornado (‘Nado) girls their sixth loss in as many games this season. The Fillies improved to 2-5 in SEK action and 2-6 overall.
Iola came out and hit shots early. Jazmyne Honeycutt and Lyndsi Faulhaber had back-to-back baskets. Faulhaber’s second basket put Iola up 6-2.
“It was good to see Lyndsi step up and get those shots. It’s something we need her to do and she knows that,” Carlson said.
But the key to the win. The fuel to the fire for the Fillies was defense. They applied full-court and half-court trapping pressure quickly to push out to an 11-3 lead.
Kendra Taiclet nailed a three-pointer with 6:31 left in the second period. Iola’s lead was 17-3. Shelby Greenwood, who followed Taiclet off the bench, scored then Taiclet ripped another trey.
Coffeyville had a couple of runs in the game. The ’Nado got to within 12 late in the third quarter but the Fillies never lost control.
Kelsey Larson swiped the basketball seven times in the game and handed out six assists. She also scored eight points.
Kayla Callahan worked the inside for Iola. She was the benefactor of several good passes off Iola’s offensive execution to put Iola up 26-10 with 1:20 left in the second quarter. Iola owned a 26-13 halftime lead.
“Kelsey played with a lot of confidence Thursday at Girard and she came out and did that again tonight,” Carlson said.
“We worked on our half-court trap defense. At one spurt in the first half, we were executing it very well.”
Carlson said she was pleased with the way her players were finding the openings against Coffeyville's zone dense.
Callahan finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Honeycutt had nine rebounds and four steals.
Iola shot the ball at a 44-percent clip, 18 of 41, from the field and went 7 of 9 at the free-throw line.
Coffeyville shot just 19 percent from the field, hitting 4 of 21. The ’Nado girls stayed in the game by downing 16 of 24 free throw attempts.
Iola won the junior varsity game 34-25. Kelsey Adams tossed in eight points and Ashlee Meadows had seven.
Coffeyville netted a 38-24 win in the freshman game. Keli Lee led Iola with 13 points.
The Fillies face Labette County, which was upended Friday night by Chanute 63-55, Tuesday in the first round of the Burlington High Invitational.
Iola (11-15-8-11—45) (FG/-3-pt): Faulhaber 2-0-0-4, Larson 3-2-1-8 Taiclet 0/2-1-0-7, Wilson 1-1-5-3, Greenwood 2-0-1-4, Honeycutt 4-1-4-9, Callahan 4-2-3-10, McGuffin 0-0-4-0, Powelson 0-0-1-0, Clark 0-0-1-0, Taylor 0-0-3-0. TOTALS: 16/2-7-23-45.
Coffeyville (3-10-5-6—24): Lawson 2-6-0-10, Kritz 0-5-0-5, Nash 0-0-3-0, Lemos 0-0-1-0, Roberts 0-2-2-2, Greer 0-0-1-0 Cox 1-3-3-5, Johnson 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 4-16-10-24.