Iola High’s Fillies stepped into the winner’s column in their first Southeast Kansas League contest of the season. The Fillies posted a 48-40 win at home over Coffeyville’s Field Kindley High’s Golden Tornado girls.
“This was a good win for us against a good Coffeyville team,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach. “Our girls played well tonight.”
The Fillies hit some timely three-pointers in the game. Iola started behind 5-0 and chipped away to got within two on a basket by Kelsey Adams with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
Kelsey Larson drained consecutive threes in the final 48 seconds to put Iola up 12-10. The Fillies went to the lead for good on back-to-back baskets by Kendra Taiclet at the 4:11 mark of the second quarter, 18-15.
Lauren Toney and Taiclet knocked down treys to push Iola’s lead to 25-18 with 2:36 left in the first half. Coffeyville’s Bailee Holland hit a three and Abbie Herkleman had a basket to make it a 27-23 game at intermission.
“We did a pretty good job of limiting their two big girls in the second half. We moved the ball well on offense and we hit shots tonight,” Carlson said.
Herkelman, a 6-1 post player, had seven of her team-high 11 points in the first half. Bailey Braschler, a 5-8 forward, had all six of her points in the first half.
Both teams came out cold in the second half. Taiclet broke the ice with a basket at the 5:08 mark. Adams downed a three-pointer to put Iola up 33-25.
But the Golden Tornado got the three back on a conventional three-point play. A basket by Larson pushed Iola’s lead to six but a putback by Herkelman kept the team within four, 36-32, at the end of the third quarter.
The Fillies had two possessions and two baskets by Taiclet to open the fourth quarter. Taiclet’s two free throws at the 4:38 mark had Iola in front 42-34.
Back came Coffeyville, scoring six unanswered to make it 42-40 on a leaner by Herkelman with 40 seconds left. In between those points by Coffeyville, Iola was working the basketball and time off the clock.
Taiclet scored and was fouled with 19 seconds left in the game. She missed the free throw but Larson pulled the rebound. Larson hit both ends of two one-and-ones in the last 13 seconds to seal the win.
“It was a good first step in league play. We just have to take them one game at a time,” Carlson said.
Taiclet and Larson each had a double-double for the Fillies. Taiclet scored 20 points, cleared 15 rebounds and had five assists. Larson fired in 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had seven steals.
Toney and Adams each had four assists.
Iola shot 36 percent, 16 of 44, from the field, which included going 6 of 10 from outside the arc. The Fillies downed 10 of 17 free throw attempts.
The Fillies had 29 rebounds and 15 assists. They committed 10 turnovers.
Devin Cosper added 10 points for Coffeyville. The Golden Tornado girls were 6 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Iola won the junior varsity game 28-13 led by Addie Haar with six points, Emily Ware with five and Reagan Ford with five. There was no freshman girls’ game Friday.
Iola (1-0, 5-8) goes to Chanute Tuesday in SEK action.
Iola (12-15-9-12-48) (FG/3-pt): Larson 3/2-5-3-17, Taiclet 5/2-4-3-20, Toney 0/1-0-2-3, Shay 0-0-1-0, McFadden 0-0-2-0, Adams 2/1-1-1-8. TOTALS: 10/6-10-12-48.
Coffeyville (10-13-9-8-40) (FG/3-pt): Cosper 5-0-4-10, A. Johnson 0/1-0-0-3, Holland 1/1-0-2-5, Cox 0-2-2-2, Graham 1-1-1-3, Herkelman 5-1-2-11, Braschler 2-2-3-6. TOTALS: 14/2-6-14-40.
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