INDEPENDENCE -- Fort Scott High's tennis team was winless here Tuesday in a tournament hosted by Independence. This was, however, the first varsity outing for three of the players, Kalia Dancy, Kelsie Hess and Sammi Carr. Taylor Bailey played the first singles matches of her career while Lauren Caulfield was also in attendance.
"Sammi, Kelsie and Kalia and gave us a good effort yesterday as did Lauren and Taylor," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "The effort is good, but we must play more consistent tennis and start eliminating unforced errors in order to have a chance to win.
"In doubles we had chances to win against Neodesha, but errors at key times in the match hurt us. It just comes down to simple execution and we have to keep working and keep trying to become more competitive."
Bailey lost to Taylor Giger of Neodesha, Katie Porter of Independence and Alahna Broadway of Labette County in No. 1 singles, all by 8-0 scores. The Tigers did not have a No. 2 singles entry.
Caulfield and Dancy played No. 1 singles. They gave Heather Hammar/Krysten Ramey of Neodesha a fight before falling, 8-6. They lost to Indy's Kelsey Mayes/Talor Smith and LCHS' Kyla Smith/Katie Anderson, both 8-0.
Hess and Carr played No. 2 doubles, falling 8-5 to Ashley Claibourn/Brianna Goodman of Neodesha in the opening match. They lost to Lexi Dent/Kayla Steinle of Independence, 8-0, and Amberly Richins/Paige Almond of LCHS, 8-1.
Host Independence is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A, the defending Southeast Kansas League champion four years running and the two-time defending Class 4A State champions.
The Tigers will be idle until Sept. 25, a week from today, when they travel to Pittsburg for the Purple Dragons' invitational