PARSONS, Kan. -- Fort Scott High School's tennis team picked up three victories in its matches at the Labette County Invitational here Thursday. Heather Hobbs picked up a win in singles play while Michelle Buntain and Ashlyn Baugher teamed up for two in doubles.
"I was really pleased with the overall effort the girls put in yesterday," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "Everyone gave a good effort, played hard and hustled. We still have to eliminate more of our unforced errors and mental mistakes, but we are making progress."
Buntain and Baugher were playing together for the first time and finished in second place in No. 2 doubles after winning a tie-breaker from Pittsburg's Anna Frasco/Sammy Highfield, whom they beat in their opening match, 8-5. Buntain and Baugher lost to Erin Holeman/Katie Honas of Coffeyville, 8-0, in their second match. They defeated Jade Gardner/Jessica Tucker of Chanute, 8-4. In their final match, they lost to Kelsie Eckelberry/Paige Wells of Labette County, 8-6.
Taylor Bailey and Kalia Dancy played No. 1 doubles, finishing 0-4. They lost to Shelby Trimble/Regan Gilmore of Pittsburg and Jordyn Barrett/Kaley Schockley of Coffeyville by 8-3 scores. Chanute's Malissa Churning/Jeana Lawrence needed a tie-breaker to prevail, 8-7 (7-4). And LCHS' Lakyn Baughman/Lora Nance took an 8-5 win in the final match.
"We mixed up the teams a little bit yesterday," Barr said. "Taylor and Kalia played together last year and played pretty well at times. They were in and competitive in each of their matches yesterday which is the first step. We now just have to take that next step and win a few more points, eliminate a few more errors and come away with wins instead of just being close.
"Ashlyn and Michelle played together for the first time and had a nice tournament. They had two wins and probably could have won the last one if they had just played a little more consistently. But again, they are making progress, we just have to keep building and improving."
Hobbs (2-6 on the season) played No. 1 singles. She lost her first match to Chaprill Stewart of Pittsburg, 8-0, but came back to beat Coffeyville's Boyda Abudu, 8-5. Czarina Ramos of Chanute took an 8-2 win in the third match and Katie Anderson of LCHS claimed an 8-1 verdict in the final match.
Hannah Messer had her first varsity action in No. 2 singles. She was 0-4 with 8-0 losses to Pittsburg's Ashton Born, Coffeyville's Jordan Hayes and Chanute's Carlyn Ward, and an 8-1 loss to LC's Amberly Richins.
"I thought both singles players played hard yesterday," Barr said. "Both just faced some pretty solid players in this tournament. Heather played some good tennis at times and Hannah gave us a good effort in her first action at the varsity level. Things were pretty much the same as last week. We just need to keep improving and becoming more consistent in our singles play because we need to be a little more successful in singles to be successful as a team."
Fort Scott's varsity plays at Independence at 3 p.m. Thursday.