'Hound men fall to Tigers
Fort Scott Community College's men led several times in the first half of play against 11th-ranked Cowley in Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play Saturday afternoon at Arnold Arena. But the visiting Tigers would catch up every time and took the lead for good with a 15-2 first-half ending run on their way to an 82-70 win.
To their credit, the Greyhounds (1-7 in the East, 6-14 overall) never let Cowley get too far out of sight until the very end. Trailing 48-31 with 16 1/2 minutes left in the contest, Fort Scott managed to get within six points twice late, the last time at 73-67 with 1:45 remaining.
But then Cowley (7-1, 18-2) went on an alley-oop fest, performing the pass-and-dunk feat three times in the final minute and a half, taking the wins out of the Greyhounds' sails.
Fort Scott led 8-3 early on as Arsenio Williams scored twice during the game-opening run. And a 15-7 stretch capped by a thunderous dunk by Willie Bland put the 'Hounds in front 25-23 with 5:31 left in the half.
But Cowley head coach Steve Eck called time out and regrouped his troops. Fort Scott scored just two free throws during the Tigers' half-ending spurt while Cowley hit on six of 10 shots from the field.
It was 38-27 at the half and Preston Brown scored the Tigers' first two baskets of the second half to extend that lead.
Chris Rhymes made two technical free throws to give Cowley it's largest lead at the 16 1/2-minute mark. Then the Greyhounds steadily brought themselves back, using a 10-1 run to get within 65-59 with 5:54 to go.
Arsenio Williams made 12 of 20 shots from the field to score a game-high 25 points for the 'Hounds before fouling out. Brandon Kinnie followed with nine points while also dishing out nine assists.
Michael McDonald led Cowley with 23 points as he made seven of 11 fielders and nine of 11 from the free-throw line. Rhymes added 15 points while Brown chipped in with 14.
The Greyhounds finished the game 30 of 58 from the field for 51 percent after making 18 of 27 shots on the second half. However, they attempted just one three-point shot, missing it. Cowley shot 48 percent for the game on 31 of 66 and hit on four of 11 three-pointers.
A better free-throw performance could have helped the Greyhounds. Usually a high point for the program, Fort Scott was just 10 of 21 at the charity stripe while Cowley went 16 of 27.
The Greyhounds outrebounded the Tigers, 41-33, as Williams hauled down nine boards. But they also turned the ball over 22 times to just 14 for the Tigers.
Fort Scott will travel to Kansas City Kansas Community College to conclude the first round through conference play Wednesday night before hosting Coffeyville Saturday afternoon as the second time through the conference schedule begins.
KCK (1-7, 9-11) defeated Labette, 73-70, Saturday night for its first conference victory, breaking an eight-game losing streak.
NOTES -- Fort Scott High fans might remember the name of Cowley's Kyle Hammerschmidt. He was one of Thomas More Prep's players in the Class 4A State Championship game last year when his Monarchs defeated the Tigers....
Region VI Tournament seeding records don't include games against Division II Johnson County and Highland. Because of this, Fort Scott and KCK are currently tied for the No. 6 position on the Eastern Division side of the bracket with 1-5 records against the Division I teams. Meanwhile Labette, having lost to both Fort Scott and KCK, is in the eighth position at 0-6.
The outcome Fort Scott-Kansas City game on Wednesday night will give the winner a one-game lead for the No. 6 position. If the season ended today, the No. 8 seed would have to go to Hutchinson in the first round. Hutch is 6-0 in the West and 16-4 overall.
No. 7 would go to Seward County, which is 5-2, 17-4. No. 6 would have a long trip to Cloud County but the Thunderbirds are just 13-8 overall....
COWLEY: Atwater 0-0 0-0 0, Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 6-10 2-4 14, Cook 3-6 0-0 8, McDonald 7-15 9-11 23, Crowder III 4-11 0-0 9, Hammerschmidt 1-1 0-0 2, Rhymes 5-10 4-4 15, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, McKenney 3-8 1-8 7. TOTALS: 31-66 16-27 82.
FORT SCOTT: Kinnie 3-8 3-7 9, Je.Sutton 0-0 0-0 0, Dougherty 2-6 4-7 8, Grant 2-6 1-2 5, Hopkins 4-6 0-0 8, Williams 12-20 1-1 25, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Jo.Sutton 3-4 1-4 7, Bland 4-8 0-0 8. TOTALS: 30-58 10-21 70.
Halftime: Cowley, 38-27.
Three-point field goals: Cowley 4-11 (Cook 2-2, Crowder III 1-1, Rhymes 1-3, Butler 0-1, Brown 0-2, McDonald 0-2), Fort Scott 0-1 (Grant 0-1).
Total fouls: Cowley 20, Fort Scott 26. Fouled out: Hammerschmidt, Grant, Williams, Bland. Technical foul: Kinnie.
Rebounds: Cowley 33 (Cook 6), Fort Scott 41 (Williams 9). Assists: Cowley 13 (McDonald 5), Fort Scott 17 (Kinnie 9). Turnovers: Cowley 14, Fort Scott 22. Steals: Cowley 8 (McDonald 3, McKenney 3), Fort Scott 4 (Bland 2). Blocked shots: Cowley 3 (McKenney 3), Fort Scott 3 (Williams, Jo.Sutton, Bland).