GARNETT Iola High fought tooth and nail to earn a 46-40 victory over Anderson County on Friday night in the Mustangs season opener. Head coach Luke Bycroft was impressed by his teams physical display, despite being slightly out-sized, which carried Iola over the hump.
If I would have known the game was going to be that physical, I would have thought we would have a hard time surviving, Bycroft said. But we played just as physical, and that is what I am most encouraged by.
While Iola failed to score on its first five attempts from the floor, Derek Rockers put the Bulldogs ahead 5-0 with a deep 3-pointer and finish in the lane. Cal Leonard opened the Mustang scoring with a 15-foot jumper from the elbow as Iola trailed 7-2 in the early goings.