INDEPENDENCE — Iola High’s Fillies thawed out their offense late Tuesday night and put themselves in a position to win a game they were out of early. Unfortunately, the Fillies fell short 40-33.
The Fillies scored just one point in the first quarter and trailed 17-9 at halftime. With a big push in the fourth quarter, the Fillies closed to within three of host Independence High School’s Lady Bulldogs.
Not once but twice. Both times the Lady Bulldogs fended the Fillies off from the free-throw line.
At 36-33 with a minute and a half left, Iola had two opportunities to get within one or tie the game. But the shots wouldn’t go.
Kelby McGrath, who was 9 of 10 from the line in the game, sank four foul shots in the last 27 seconds. It gave the Lady Bulldogs the Southeast Kansas League win.
“We have to figure a way to score points. We did all the little things right to win tonight but score,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach.
“We got great looks, great looks at the basket early and we missed. We got frustrated and lost momentum.”
The Lady Bulldogs only had six field goals in the game — one in a 14-point fourth quarter. Independence cashed in on 27 of 38 free throw attempts.
Offensively, the Fillies struggled to get any type of spark. Despite trailing by 10 points, 11-1 with 6:35 left in the second quarter, the Fillies battled.
“Defensively, we did a great job. We frustrated them but in a closely called game, Independence hit free throws and we didn’t,” Carlson said. Iola was 10 of 21 at the line.
Lyndsi Faulhaber got the first field goal of the game for Iola at the 4:58 mark. Jazmyne Honeycutt stole the ball and scored to make it 11-5.
Mindy Powelson’s field goal made it 12-7. Iola couldn’t hit free throws, going 0 of 4 — and two attempts were on one-and-ones.
Kendra Taiclet’s putback with 15 seconds left made it 15-9. Independence’s only field goal of the second quarter came at the buzzer by Kelsey Hignight.
Down 19-9, Kelsey Larson sank two free throws for the Fillies and Kayla Callahan had a basket. The margin was six but the Lady Bulldogs were able to outscore the Fillies 9-6 in the period.
The Fillies trailed by 11 points, 26-15, heading into the final eight minutes of play. Independence’s Julia Stafford opened the fourth quarter with the Lady Bulldogs’ only basket of the period.
Taiclet drained a three-pointer then downed two free throws. It was 29-20 after Steinle was one of two from the line.
Larson had a three-point play for the Fillies. Down 30-23, with just under five minutes to play, Iola got a basket from Honeycutt. Larson swiped the basketball and scored making it a three-point game, 30-27.
Independence sank four straight free throws. So the Fillies had to start over again.
A couple of free throws and a steal helped. Powelson scored and it was 34-31. Two charities by Chelsea Mundy for Independence were countered by a free throw each from Powelson and Taiclet bringing it to 36-33.
“I’m not disappointed in the effort. We play well defensively, we’ve cut down on our turnovers and we’re rebounding better,” Carlson said.
Larson finished with nine points and Taiclet had eight. Honeycutt had seven rebounds.
Iola was 11 of 48, 23, percent from the field, and went 10 of 20 at the line.
McGrath led Independence with 14 and Steinle, who was 10 of 14 at the line, had 12 points. Independence shot only 15 percent, 6 of 39, from the field.
Iola is 2-7 in SEK action and 4-9 overall. Independence is one back of Labette County in the league standings. The Lady Bulldogs are 7-2 and 9-4.
The Fillies have the makeup game with Labette County (8-1, 10-3) Thursday at home. Then they travel to Columbus on Friday in league play.
Independence won the junior varsity game 55-27. Lisa McFadden led Iola with six points.
In the freshman game, Independence won 27-14. Keli Lee, Alexa Fawson and Emily Ware each had four points.
Iola (1-8-6-18—33) (FG/3-pt): Faulhaber 2-0-1-4, Larson 2-5-4-9, Taiclet 1/1-3-2-8, Wilson 0-0-2-0, Honeycutt 2-1-4-5, Callahan 1-0-5-2, Powelson 2-1-4-5, McGuffin 0-0-3-0, Greenwood 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 10/1-10-27-33.
Independence (9-8-9-14—40) (FG/3-pt): Smith 1-1-2-3, Stafford 1-1-0-3, Whitson 0-1-1-1, McGrath 1/1-9-3-14, Steinle 1-10-3-12, Wilson 0-2-3-2, Hignight 1-0-3-2, Mundy 0-3-4-3. TOTALS: 5/1-17-19-40.
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