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Ft. Scott drops girls from Sub-State

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Hallstrom

1

0

4

8

5

6

Rankin

0

0

0

0

1

0

Golubski

1

0

2

4

4

4

Farmer

0

0

0

0

0

0

Johnson

3

1

0

0

2

9

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mader

1

0

0

0

5

2

Kessler

6

0

3

7

3

15

Schmidt

0

0

0

2

1

0

Pomatto

0

0

0

0

1

0

TOTAL

12

1

9

21

22

36

BOX SCORE

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Sharp

6

2

0

2

0

18

Therwhanger

1

0

0

0

3

2

Carpenter

0

0

3

4

1

3

Tourtillott

0

0

0

0

0

0

Shelton

1

0

2

3

5

4

Harper

0

0

0

0

1

0

Allen

0

0

3

4

2

3

McDermed

3

1

7

10

0

16

Campbell

0

0

0

0

1

0

Karleskint

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

11

3

15

23

13

46

BOX SCORE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

F

Paola

9

2

10

15

36

Fort Scott

13

9

10

14

46

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The Paola Panther Girls basketball team has taken the court twenty-one times this season, and you can count only a handful of times they have been so totally outplayed that they were never in a position to win the ball game.

Add Monday night’s game at Fort Scott to the “we let another one get away” column, as the Panthers fell to the Tigers 46-36 in the opening round of the Kansas Class 4A Sub-State Tournament. There will be no return trip to the state tournament this year for the Panthers, as their season ended in the Fort Scott High School gym on March 1, 2010.

WLH0081 “This one was pretty emblematic of the way the season has gone,” said Panthers Head Coach Stuart Ross. “We played really hard, but little mistakes let the game get out of reach.”

Ross is right, the Panthers have been plagued by the little things throughout much of the season. Many times, the team would work hard on defense to get a steal, and then turn the ball over coming down the court on a fast break, or simply fail to finish the break opportunity with a basket, or, get the break, get fouled on the shot and then not convert the free throws. Many times the team found itself in good positions, but didn’t execute a block out which allowed the opponent to get around for an offensive rebound and an easy basket.

The list is long, but the good news is, many of the problems can be fixed with a lot of hard work and dedication in the off season, and hard work is something this Panther team has demonstrated the ability to do time and time again. This squad has overcome numerous challenges on the season, and has, for the most part risen to meet each one.

This game was no different, with Allison Wood, the quiet inside force of the Panthers defense on the bench, in street clothes, after injuring her knee in the season finale against Gardner, the Panthers were forced to try and find another player to step in and take up the slack. The call was answered by Annie Kessler, as she had her best game of the season, leading the Panthers in scoring with 13 points from the field.

Things didn’t look good from the outset for the Panthers, as the Tigers, lead by senior Jolee Sharp came out with guns blazing, hitting three point baskets on two of their first three field goal attempts, opening an 8-4 lead midway through the first quarter. But the Panthers were not to be denied, as Kessler, MacKenzie Hallstrom and Kylee Mader all hit baskets to keep the game close at 9-6 with a little under three minutes to play in the quarter. Kessler tied the game with just under two and a half minutes to play with a three point play at 9-9, but the Tigers gave themselves a little breathing room on baskets by Sammi Therwhanger and Sharp to take a 13-9 lead at the end of the first eight minutes of play.

The second quarter didn’t go well for the Panthers, and it was during the second eight minutes of play that the Paola hole got dug just deep enough that they would not be able to climb out. In the second quarter, the Tigers outscored Paola 9-2, building an 11 point lead that they would maintain through much of the second half.

Courtney Johnson opened the scoring in the second quarter with a bucket that cut the Fort Scott lead to two at 13-11 very early in the quarter, but the Panthers would not score again, and when Sharp and company were finished, the Tigers had doubled the Panthers score and went to the halftime break leading 22-11. Sharp had 14 of the Trojans 22 points and it was obvious who Fort Scott was looking to for offensive firepower.

The third quarter was a study in contrasts, as the Tigers came out fast after the break, with Sharp getting four more points to quickly up the Fort Scott lead to 15 points at 26-11, giving Sharp 18 points on the night. But the Panthers and Tigers fortunes changed with about five minutes to play in the period, as Sharp, who had accounted for 18 of her team 26 points went down with an apparent ankle injury and did not return to the game. She made a brief appearance on the sideline midway through the fourth quarter, but did not re-enter the game.

From the point where Sharp left the game, the Tigers managed just three offensive baskets through the last 13 minutes of the game, but to Fort Scott’s credit, the went to the free throw line 20 times in the second half, and hit 14, a 70% clip and were able to keep the Panthers at bay from the charity stripe.

After Sharp left the game, with the Panthers trailing 26-13, Johnson and Kessler combined for five points on a three pointer and two free throws to cut the Fort Scott lead to six at 26-18, and the Paola faithful were looking for a comeback. But to the Tigers credit, they settled down and outscored the Panthers 6-3 down the stretch in the third quarter to re-establish their 11 point lead as the fourth quarter began at 32-21.

Solid free throw shooting by the Tigers in the fourth quarter helped them maintain the lead, as the Panthers never got closer than nine points and never trailed by more that 12 in the final eight minutes. Just as free throw shooting helped seal the victory for the Tigers, it was a big factor in not allowing the Panthers to get close enough to put any real pressure on the Tigers in the fourth quarter.

Paola went 5-12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Tigers to shoot their free throws relatively pressure free, as they maintained a 10 point lead instead of trying to protect a four or five point lead, and although the Panthers outscored Fort Scott 10-2 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers 12-5 free throw advantage kept the lead at ten and the game ended with the 46-36 final score.

“The girls went down fighting, and as a coach, that’s all I can ask for,” Ross said. “I know one thing, we didn’t look like a seven seed out there tonight, we played much better than that.”

The Panthers end their season at 6-15, while the Tigers advance to take on Spring Hill in the semifinals of the sub-state. That game will be played in Osawatomie on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

 

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