Iola High’s Fillies put lessons learned in earlier games to good use as the basketball season heads into the final stretch.
In January, the Fillies had trouble scoring against Parsons High’s Lady Vikings and lost by five points.
On Friday in front of a homecoming crowd, the Fillies downed three shots — two of which were three-pointers — launching themselves on the way to a 49-37 win. The victory improved the Fillies to 4-9 in Southeast Kansas League play and 6-11 overall.
“From the start, we controlled the game at both ends of the court,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach, who was very pleased with her team’s performance.
“We came out and hit shots which it relaxed all of us. As good as our defense has been, I think the girls really picked it up more tonight.”
Kelsey Larson rang up two treys and in between was a basket by Jazmyne Honeycutt giving Iola an 8-0 lead. Honeycutt finished with 16 points and Larson added 14.
The Fillies shot 40 percent, 20 of 50, from the field while holding Parsons to 21 percent, 9 of 42.
Erin Forbes got Parsons on the board at the 4:40 mark. But the Fillies answered with another Honeycutt basket, a three-point play by Larson plus another free throw by Larson.
Parsons was able to stay in the game by hitting free throws. The Lady Vikings were 19 of 33 from the line for the game. Iola was 5 of 13 from the line.
Taylor Kemp scored 14 points and 12 came from the free-throw line. She hit her first two with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
It was 14-5 when Honeycutt hit a jumper then Kendra Taiclet sank one of two free throws for Iola. Taiclet’s three just before the buzzer put Iola up 20-7.
Parsons scored two baskets in a slower-paced second quarter to draw to within nine 20-11.
Coming out of a timeout, Larson nailed her third three of the night. Honeycutt made it 25-11 with 3:05 left. The Fillies went to the locker room with a 29-14 lead.
“The girls are working very well together on the court. Our team unity is good on and off the court,” Carlson said.
Iola pushed out to a 33-16 lead by the 6:18 mark of the third quarter. Honeycutt connected fro the baseline then Larson stole the basketball and was fouled.
Larson sank one of two free throws. Shelby Greenwood, Iola senior, scored to give the Fillies a 38-18 lead on Parsons, a team coached by her older sister Megan Greenwood.
Mindy Powelson hit a short jumper with 9.6 seconds left that had Iola up 42-24 at the end of the third quarter.
Iola was up by 20,46-26, with just under seven minutes left in the game.
“I felt the momentum shifting,” Carlson said, about Parsons’ 10-2 run that pulled the Lady Vikings to within 12, 48-36.
“So I called timeout and we pulled the ball out. That’s a way to stop their momentum and reestablish control. We were fouling so much through that run I wanted to settle things down.
With about three minutes remaining in the game, Iola pulled the ball out and made Parsons play defense. Greenwood was fouled for a one-and-one with 1:06 left. She hit the front end. Taylor Kemp sank a free throw with 57.4 seconds left for the final margin.
“We got great minutes out of every girl who played tonight. We’re gaining confidence as a team,” Carlson said.
Kayla Callahan had seven of Iola’s 36 rebounds. Honeycutt had six rebounds. Larson had four steals and two assists.
Parsons dropped to 4-7 in league play and 5-10 overall.
Iola is idle Tuesday then travels to Fort Scott Friday.
The Fillies’ junior varsity beat Parsons 41-34 led by Toni Taylor’s eight points.
Parsons won the freshman game 42-37, which was the best offensive output of the year for the Iola freshmen. Alex Fawson scored 10 points and Emily Ware had 10 points.
Iola (20-9-13-7—49) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 0-0-3-0, Larson 1/3-3-3-14, Taiclet 2/1-1-1-8, Wilson 0-0-1-0, Greenwood 1-1-0-2, Clark 1-0-0-2, Honeycutt 8-0-4-16, Callahan 1-0-2-2, Powelson 1-0-3-2, McGuffin 1-0-3-2. TOTALS: 16/4-5-20-49.
Parsons (6-8-10-13—37): Cares 0-1-1-1, S. Kemp 2-1-1-3, T. Kemp 1-12-1-14, Mosier 1-1-2-3, Woodworth 2-0-4-4, Forbes 3-2-5-8, Getz 0-2-0-2. TOTALS: 9-19-14-37.
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