Shooting woes hamper Mustangs against ’Dogs

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Seth Walden (30) pulls up for a shot over Independence High’s Peton Botts (11) and T.J. Reed (20) in Friday’s home game. Visiting Independence won the contest 49-35.

Defensively, Iola High’s Mustangs were spot on Friday night. They were able to keep Independence High’s Bulldogs from running away in the Southeast Kansas League contest.
But hitting just 14 of 41 field goal attempts was not good enough to defeat the visiting Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were checked to 16 fields but downed 14 of 17 free throws on their way to a 49-35 win.
“Defensively, we played well. That’s a good shooting basketball team (Independence) and we held them to 49 points. I’ll take that every night but we have to score more,” said Steve Taylor, Mustang head coach.
“We are having trouble putting the ball in the hole. We’re not finishing shots, especially when we get the ball to the rim.”
Iola had a good start with Alec Peterson and Seth Walden downing the first two shots of the night. Independence’s Peyton Botts tied it up with back-to-back field goals.
Drew Walden came off the Iola bench to score. When it was 8-8, Seth Walden unleashed a three-pointer for the Mustangs. Iola was up 11-10 after one quarter.
T.J. Reed netted a three to open the second quarter and Dalton Shaffer scored for a 15-11 Bulldog led.
Seth Walden drained another trey for Iola. That was all the points the Mustangs managed in the second quarter and they trailed 20-14 at halftime.
Dwon 22-14, Seth Walden hit his third three of the night. The Bulldogs were winning the rebound battle as Easton Julian cashed in an offensive rebound.
Seth Walden and Kent Toland scored consecutive baskets to put Iola back to within three, 24-21. Independence stretched it out again to 34-23.
Iola gained a little momentum in the final 2:40 of the third period. Toland fired in a field goal followed by a putback by Michael Middleton. Toland’s three made it 34-30 with eight mintues left.
Iola got the ball to start the fourth quarter.
“And we threw it away and they scored,” Taylor said. “We’re struggling with our decisions we are making during the course of the game. We have to be patient and work for good shots.
“We tend to panic, quit running our offense and try to create too much. We need to slow it down, run the offense and when we do that, we get good shots.”
Independence outscored Iola 15-5 in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs put the finishing touches on the win from the free-throw line, hitting 9 of 11 down the stretch.
Seth Walden ripped the cords for 15 points for Iola. Peterson had five rebounds. Middleton had three steals and two assists. Iola was 3 of 6 at the free-throw line.
Independence was led by Botts with 13 and Julian with 12.
“The defensive effort was great tonight. Even though we lost, I felt we took a step in the right direction tonight,” Taylor said.
The Mustangs dropped to 0-2 in SEK play and overall. They are home again Tuesday when Columbus High’t Titans come to town.
Iola wraps up the first semester next Friday at Chanute.
Independence won the junior varsity game 50-35. Iola got seven points each from Levi Ashmore and Christian Kauth.
Independence won the freshman game 50-44. Tyler Clubine and Mason Coons each scored 14 points for Iola.
Iola (11-3-16-5—35) (Fg/3-pt): Ch. Heffern 0-0-2-0, Toland 3/1-0-1-9, Taylor 0-0-1-0, D. Walden 2-1-2-5, S. Walden 3/3-0-2-15, Apt 0-0-4-0, Middelton 1-0-2-2, Peterson 1-2-5-4. TOTALS: 10/4-3-19-35.
Independence (10-10-14-15—49) (FG/3-pt): Webster 0-2-2-2, Kemp 1-0-0-2, Botts 4-5-1-13, Reed 0/1-1-1-14, Shaffer 1-1-0-3, Julian 2/1-5-3-12, Nickles 2-0-2-4, Dierks 2-0-0-4, Schroeder 1/1-0-2-5. TOTALS: 13/3-14-11-49.