Frigid shooting dooms Fillies

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Mindy Powelson pulls in the basketball during a home game in December. The Fillies were on the road Tuesday and lost 38-33 to Parsons.

PARSONS — Executing their offense well, Iola High’s Fillies had the shots they wanted. Unfortunately, the Fillies shot 21 percent from the field in a 38-33 loss Tuesday.
In the first game back off Christmas break, the Fillies were on the road in Southeast Kansas League play and lost to host Parsons High’s Lady Vikings. Iola dropped to 1-4 overall and in SEK action.
“We can’t shoot like that and win games. Over Christmas, we worked on executing our offense better, shooting and blocking out,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach.
“This was our best game of the season in terms of execution offensively. We did a good job blocking out and rebounding. But I don’t know why we shot so poorly.”
Carlson pointed out that her players were not forcing up bad shots.The Fillies had trouble hitting layups and close shots at the basket. The Fillies were 12 of 57 from the field.
Parsons (2-2 SEK, 2-3) didn’t shoot much better from the field, 11 of 34 for 32 percent.
The real difference in the game came at the free-throw line. The Lady Vikings stayed in the game when Iola led throughout the first half by hitting free throws.
Parsons cashed in on 16 of 26 free throw attempts in the game. Iola struggled to go 8 of 16 at the line.
Iola opened with a 5-0 run on a free throw and a basket by Kayla Callahan and a field goal from Kelsey Larson. The Fillies led 7-5 at the end of the period.
Jazmyne Honeycutt’s putback to start the second quarter gave Iola a four-point lead. The Lady Vikings rattled off five straight to take their first lead of the night, 10-9.
The game was tied at 11-11 when Honeycutt scored followed by Kirstin McGuffin and Maggie Wilson. But the 17-11 lead didn’t stand up as Marlee Cares and Taylor Kemp sank two free throws each to make it a two-point game at the break.
Iola couldn’t build on its 17-15 lead coming out of halftime. It missed the opening shot and then it was back-and-forth. Taylor Kemp tied the game countered by a basket by Larson.
Down 21-20, the Fillies had back-to-back field goals from Kendra Taiclet and Mindy Powelson. Then Iola hit a brick wall offensively.
“We were getting good looks at the basket. We’re just not shooting very well,” Carlson said.
Iola went over six minutes without scoring. Parsons jumped out to a 32-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.
It was 33-25 with 1:49 left when Larson nailed two free throws for Iola. The Fillies’ defense came up with a stop and Honeycutt drained a three-pointer.
Another stop and Taiclet was at the line for two free throws. She hit the first, missed the second, got her own rebound and missed an inside shot.
Sawyer Woodworth missed on a one-and-one attempt with 53 seconds remaining. Iola trailed by two and had the basketball.
Iola missed and Woodworth was back at the line. This time she hit both ends of the one-and-one. With 22 seconds on the clock, Larson sank two charities for the Fillies.
Parsons’ Forbes slipped past the defense for a basket then hit one of two free throws to finish the game.
“We had a lot of good things to take from this game. When you don’t shoot well and lose, you tend to see all the bad things. We have to finish shots and gain confidence in shooting,” Carlson said.
Larson and Honeycutt each had eight points. McGuffin pulled down eight rebounds and Honeycutt had four steals. Iola had 19 turnovers.
Forbes led Parsons with 10 points and Taylor Kemp had nine.
Parsons won the junior varsity game 32-30 as Mulsow scored eight points for Iola. Parsons also took the freshman girls’ game 33-14 as Iola was led by Keli Lee with six points.
Iola is back on the road Friday in non-league action. The Fillies travel to Girard.
Next week, Iola is at home Tuesday against Fort Scott and Friday against Coffeyville in SEK play.
Iola (7-10-7-9—33) (FG/3-pt): Larson 2-4-3-8, Taiclet 1-1-2-3, Wilson 1-1-3-3, Honeycutt 2/1-1-4-8, Callahan 1-1-2-3, Mulsow 1-0-2-2,Powelson 2-0-1-4, McGuffin 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 11/1-8-20-33.
Parsons (5-10-12-11—38): Cares 1-3-2-5, S. Kemp 1-1-1-3 T. Kemp 1-7-2-9, Woodworth 1-2--1-4, Forbes 4-2-0-10, Getz 3-1-2-7. TOTALS: 11-16-10-38.