Lady Bulldogs outlast the Fillies

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
From the get-go, Friday night’s Southeast Kansas League game between Iola High’s Fillies and the visiting Independence High Lady Bulldogs was physcial. Kirstin McGuffin (32) of Iola tries to control the basketball with Lady Bulldogs’ Talor Smith (left) and Kelby McGrath (15) going after it too. Independence rallied to beat Iola 46-41.

Iola High’s Fillies had visiting Independence High’s Lady Bulldogs on the ropes here Friday night. But the Lady Bulldogs went on a 19-4 run over the final nine minutes to post a 46-41 win.
“We did a lot of things better tonight. We just didn’t finish the game,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach. “We have to learn to finish.
“We had good shots tonight but we missed a lot of easy close in shots that would have put the game away.”
In a very physical game between Southeast Kansas League opponents, players from both teams went down and out for a while throughout the contest.
Unfortunately, the Fillies had to play the final 4:43 without senior forward Jazmyne Honeycutt. Honeycutt collided with Independence’s Taylor Smith as she tried to tap the basketball away in a race down the court. Both players hit the floor.
Honeycutt went face first hard and knocked out a tooth. She left the game and was taken for medical attention.
“It was a hustle play and Jazmyne hit the floor. Not having her in there made a difference then Kelsey (Larson) fouled out a couple minutes later,” Carlson said.
When the accident happened, Iola still had a 39-36 lead. Chelsea Mundy had a field goal for the Lady Bulldogs to make it a one-point game with four minutes left.
Neither team scored until Mundy went to the free-throw line at the 2:51 mark as Larson, who had 10 points for the Fillies, fouled out. Mundy tied the game hitting the first attempt.
Mundy’s second attempt was off the mark but right there for the putback was Independence’s Sandi Wilson.
The Lady Bulldogs, who now stand alone atop the SEK at 3-0, had their first lead since early in the second quarter.
“We had kept our turnovers low tonight until late. The game got close our we showed our inexperience,” Carlson said.
“The girls have to learn — I have to learn — to be patient. There is so much promise here but our girls are not aware that the little things matter. But they’re getting there.”
Independence cashed in on 14 of 26 free throws for the game. Iola went 6 of 14 at the line.
Carlson said she saw marked improvement from Tuesday’s play to Friday’s game. Larson hit a three-pointer to open the game signaling the confidence the girls had in taking their open shots.
The teams were tied at 8-8 at the end of the first quarter. Independence went up 11-8 with 5:55 left in the second quarter.
Iola struggled with foul trouble all night. Larson picked up her third at that point and went to the bench. Enter Kendra Taiclet.
First, Honeycutt, who had 11 points in the game, tied the game with a three-pointer. Taiclet connected for two putting Iola back in front with 5:06 left.
Honeycutt sank 4 of 6 free throws in a row pushing Iola’s lead to 17-11. The Lady Bulldogs broke the Iola run with a basket by Kelby McGrath.
Lyndsi Faulhaber nailed an open trey. Taiclet had a basket to put Iola up 22-15. Independence scored the next four points but it was Taiclet’s basket at the 16.6-second mark which put Iola up 24-19 at the break.
“We got good minutes from Kendra, Maggie Wilson and Shelby Greenwood off the bench,” Carlson said.
The Fillies outscored the Lady Bulldogs 11-6 to lead by 10, 35-25 with 2:36 left in the third quarter.
Smith, who was 7 of 10 at the sank two charities. Iola countered with a basket by Taiclet to maintain a 10-point difference.
Independence got a three-point field goal from Molly Mangan at the end of the third quarter. Then with 6:40 on the game clock, Smith drilled a three to make it 37-33.
A field goal by Faulhaber allowed the Fillies to stay six points up with 6:16 remaining. Then it all came crashing down for the Fillies.
“We got better and we’ll continue to get better. The girls played hard tonight and we saw a lot of good things,” Carlson said. “We shot the ball better. We played well defensively. We just didn’t finish the game well. That will come.”
Taiclet came off the bench to lead Iola with 13 points. No other statistics were available because of computer problems.
Wilson paced the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and Smith had 10.
Iola is 0-2 in SEK and for the season. The Fillies host Columbus in league play Tuesday then go to Chanute Friday.
Independence took the junior varsity game 38-35. Kelsey Adams and Lisa McFadden each had eight points for Iola.
In the freshman game, Iola lost 26-17. Libby Shay scored seven points and Chanel Coyne had four points for the Fillies.
Iola (8-16-13-4—41) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 1/1-0-0-5, Larson 3/1-1-5-10, Taiclet 6-1-3-13, Taylor 1-0-0-2, Wilson 0-0-5-0, Greenwood 0-0-2-0, Honeycutt 2/1-4-2-11, Callahan 0-0-3-0, McGuffin 0-0-3-0. TOTALS: 13/3-6-23-41.
Independence (8-11-11-16—46) (FG/3-pt): Smith 0/1-7-1-10, Whitson 2-0-0-4, McGrath 2-3-1-5, Steinle 1-0-3-2, Mangan 0/1-0-0-3, Wilson 4-3-3-11, Mundy 3-1-3-7, Stewart 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 13/2-14-11-46.