IMS girls open basketball season

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola Middle School’s Paige Miller (34) blocks a shot by Chanute-Royster Middle School’s Payton Tallent (23) in the first quarter of the eighth-grade A-team basketball game here Monday. Royster won 27-7.

Points were hard to come by for Iola Middle School’s girls during four games at home Monday to open the 2009 basketball season.
The IMS Ponies hosted Royster Middle School’s Rockets from Chanute and lost three of four games.
Iola won the first game of the night, 13-12, as the Pony seventh-grade B-team held on at the end. That was the highest score for Iola teams on the night.
Emery Driskel fired in six points for Iola. Scoring two points each were Shelby Reno, Hannah Stout and Addie Haar. Torrie Lewis had one point.
Royster rolled from that game one.
The Rockets won the seventh-grade A-team game 30-11. Lewis scored four points for Iola. Katie Shields, Lexie Long and Driskel each had two points. Emmalee Seabolt scored one point.
“The girls had some first game jitters but played much better in the second half,” said Marty Taylor, IMS girls’ basketball coach.
“Katie Shields and Emery Driskel gave us a lot of energy off the bench.”
In the eighth-grade B-team game, Iola scored the first basket but then was stymied. Royster rattled off 30 unanswered points until Iola got a basket late in the game. Royster won 30-4.
Halie Cleaver and Megan Smith each had a basket for Iola.
Iola eighth-grade A-team lost 27-7. Emma Sigg had four points and Alexis Hobbs scored two.
“It may not show on the scoreboard yet but these girls are working hard and getting better,” Taylor said. “Alexis Hobbs, Paige Miller and Emma Sigg did a great job on defense.”
Today’s games with Pittsburg are at home starting at 3:30 p.m. Early schedules out had the games at Pittsburg.