Fillies defeat Lady Bulldogs

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December 11, 2010 - 12:00 AM

GARNETT — A steal and layup got it started Friday night.
Maggie Wilson’s quickness paid off for Iola High’s Fillies on the play as they got off to a quick start in winning the fifth-place game of the 2010 Anderson County High Invitational in Garnett.
Anderson County High’s Lady Bulldogs were successful in slowing the pace in the second quarter with a zone defense. The Fillies figured things out en route to a 46-22 victory.
The Fillies bolted to a 10-2 lead with seniors Kayla Callahan and Wilson combining for the points. Callahan had a putback and a free throw plus had two straight assists to Wilson who scored twice.
Toni Taylor,  a senior off the bench, nailed a three to put Iola up 13-4 with 1:50 left. Iola led 13-5 at the end of the first quarter. Iola went until the 5:02 mark of the second period when Callahan sank one of two free throws.
Then again, the Fillies held the Lady Bulldogs to five points in the second quarter and three came on a late three thrown up by Bailey Hoffman just before the buzzer.
“They switched to the zone defense in the second quarter and we weren’t hitting our shots. But in the second half, we turned it around and hit the easy shots that we missed in the first half,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach.
Turn it around is right. The Fillies outscored the Lady Bulldogs 19-7 in the third quarter led by junior Kendra Taiclet with 10 of her 14  points in the period.
Iola added a 10-5 run in the fourth quarter to win its second game of the season. The Fillies finished 1-2 in the tournament while the Lady Bulldogs (0-4) went 0-3.
“It was a matter of gaining confidence.  It’s a new year and a new team for us. I’m glad we had this preseason tournament to get our girls some playing time to find our roles on the team,” Carlson said.
Carlson said everybody got playing time and contributed to the win.  Iola controlled the boards with 43 rebounds with Callahan clearing 13. Kirstin McGuffin grabbed nine and Kelsey Larson had eight.
The Fillies were 16 of 46, 35 percent, from the field, “and shot much better from the free-throw line, 12 of 19,” Carlson said. “And we had just 11 turnovers.
Paige Rockers led Anderson County with eight points.
After starting the season with four games on the road, the Fillies will be home for two games next week. Parsons comes to Iola Tuesday then Independence on Friday.
Iola (13-4-19-10—46) (FG/3-pt): Larson 1-4-4-6, Taiclet 5/1-1-0-14, Taylor 2/1-0-2-7, Wilson 3-1-2-7, McFadden 0-0-1-0, Adams 0-0-1-0, Callahan 2-4-3-8, McGuffin 1-2-2-4. TOTALS: 14/2-12-15-46.
Anderson County (5-5-7-5—22) (FG/3-pt): P. Rockers 1/1-3-1-8, Hoffman 0/1-0-1-3, Stevenson 0-0-2-0, Steele 1-0-0-2, 1-0-0-2, Porter 0-0-1-0, Adams 0-0-2-0, Fritz 0-0-1-0, Lutz 0-0-1-0, Moody 2-0-4-4, G. Rockers 0-0-2-0, Mersman 1-3-3-5. TOTALS: 5/2-6-28-22.

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