Pirates power by Mustangs

Iola High's season came to end on Saturday, losing to KC Piper in the sub-state championship game. The Pirates topped the Mustangs 68-30.

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March 9, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Iola’s Bradyn Cole goes up for a basket under a swarm of Pirate defenders on Saturday. Photo by Erick Mitchell / Iola Register

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City Piper High’s Tamar Bates made an impact early and often in the Pirates’ 68-30 victory over the Iola Mustangs on Saturday.

The four-star recruit — who’s under the gaze of Kansas, Kansas State, and Wichita State — corralled the ball in midair, and comfortably completed the alley-oop with a one-handed flush for Piper’s first score. The awestruck Mustangs were left in limbo from that point on. 

“I think right off the bat with it being on the first possession, it kind of changed our attitude,” Iola head coach Luke Bycroft said. “In the first quarter you could tell that we were a little overwhelmed. They didn’t do anything different that we talked about and worked on in practice, but it is just hard to duplicate that speed in practice.”

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