INDEPENDENCE, Kan. -- Both of Fort Scott's doubles teams finished in second place in their pools at the Independence Invitational here Thursday.
Michelle Buntain and Corina Harrison played No. 1 doubles and Courtney Crain and Heather Hobbs played No. 2's with both teams going 3-1 on the day.
Buntain and Harrison (8-3), who have been together all season, defeated Iola's Jasmine Bannister/Hallie Wolf 8-2, Pittsburg's Sammie Highfield/Erica Springer 8-4, and Chanute's Jade Gardner and Madison Wendt, 8-6. Independence's Ashlee Carr and Kelby McGrath took an 8-0 win.
"Michelle and Corina continue to improve as a doubles team," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "They are playing with a little more consistency each week. Their only loss came to an excellent Indy team and overall they played very good tennis most of the tournament. They did have a little rough spot closing out the Chanute match, we made a couple of errors and Chanute hit some key shots when they needed to make a comeback, but Michelle and Corina did a nice job of coming back and finally closing the match out."
Crain and Hobbs have played doubles matches this season but this was the first time they were playing together. They beat Iola's Nina Froggatte/Abbey St. Clair 8-2, Pittsburg's Robin Brummitt/Rashelle Hall 8-5 and Chanute's Breianna Brooks/Jessica Tucker 8-7 (9-7).
"Courtney and Heather played some good doubles at times also," Barr said. "They are still learning what to do in certain situations but they did a pretty good job of learning under fire today. They had a nice win against Pittsburg, playing some good solid tennis. They got off to a slow start against Chanute, falling behind 0-3, coming back to tie it at 3-3 then falling behind again 3-6 before fighting back to force the tiebreaker. This was an excellent match that very easily could have gone in Chanute's favor, but the girls showed a lot of determination in this match."
Taylor Bailey (3-9) played No. 1 singles and finished in fourth place at 1-3. She defeated Dannette Newland of Iola 8-4 and lost to Independence's Kayla Steinle 8-3, Pittsburg's Ashton Born 8-4 and Czarina Ramos 8-3.
"Taylor played some good solid tennis today," Barr said. "All three of her losses came to good players and she played really well at times. She is continuing to improve and is getting closer and closer to putting it all together. She has played good matches against Born from Pittsburg twice and she is beginning to see that she is capable of playing with these players. If she keeps improving, she could be a real sleeper going into the tournaments at the end of the season, a player of pulling off a big upset."
Kalia Dancy (2-6) was also fourth at 1-3 as she played No. 2 singles. She beat Iola's Autumn Sensrud 8-1 and lost to Indy's Lexi Dent 8-1, Pittsburg's Chapril Stewart 8-3 and Chanute's Carlyn Ward 8-6.
"Kalia's losses were also to three solid players,' Barr said. "She played long hard matches against both Pittsburg and Chanute, which with the difference of a few points here and there could have been wins, not losses. Kalia is steadily improving and is going to wins some key matches for us as the season progresses either in singles or doubles."
The Tiger varsity will return to Independence Tuesday for another tournament. The Fort Scott junior varsity will be the host of a tournament that will begin at 1 p.m. Monday.