PARSONS -- Fort Scott High's junior varsity tennis team finished in fourth place at an eight-team tournament here Monday.
Independence won the tournament with 32 points followed by Parsons, Labette County and Fort Scott, all within 2 points of each other.
"Again, the girls are showing improvement," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "Team scores in JV tournaments are sometimes a little misleading, especially a bracket tournament with a random draw and no seeding, but it was nice to see us be competitive finishing only two points out of 2nd place."
Brittany Burns and Kandice Rost had the Tigers' highest finish of the day, taking second place in No. 2 doubles.
They won their first-round match over Samantha Fletcher and Jessica Nickelson of Parsons by a score of 6-4. They defeated Regan Olson/Leticia Cervantez of Chanute in the semifinals, 6-1. Jenna Gilstrap and Kasidee Cox of Independence won in the finals, 6-1.
"Brittany and Kandice are continuing to learn and improve," Barr said. "The final against Indy gave them a good opportunity to see what they want to work towards. They do some things pretty well, but have to continue to improve to become more complete players."
Ashlyn Baugher and Bailee Hall finished fifth in No. 1 doubles. They fell in their first-round match to Diona Mendoza/Emily Derrick of Independence, 6-1, won the consolation semifinal over Alexis Thurston/Sarah Hernandez of Chanute, 6-1, and defeated Braucher and Harrell of Coffeyville, 6-4, in the fifth-place match.
"Ashlyn and Bailee had a good tournament," Barr said. "This was a bracket tournament so the luck of the draw becomes a part of it and our one doubles team was not very lucky drawing Indy in the first round. Had it not been for that, I'm sure they would have placed much higher in this tournament which would have also given us more team points, but that was the break this time."
Hannah Messer placed fifth in No. 2 singles. She lost to Brittany Wilde of Pittsburg in a first-round tie-breaker, 6-5 (7-5). She defeated Abbey St. Clair of Iola, 6-0, and Jenna Bogner in the fifth-place match, 6-3.
Krista Hightower finished fourth in No. 1 singles. She shut out Beth Ungles of Chanute in the first round then lost in tie-breakers in the other two matches. The scores were 6-5 (7-5) against Parsons' Jennifer Nickelson and 6-5 (7-3) to Labette County's Elise Merritt.
"I thought our singles players both gave us a great effort in this tournament with their only losses coming in tiebreakers," Barr said. "Obviously those matches could have gone either way. Krista was stroking the ball better than she has much of the season and played some good tennis and Hannah was playing some pretty consistent tennis today."
The junior varsity team has two events left in their part of the season. They will go to a tournament at Chanute Monday. Tuesday, the varsity and JV will both face Nevada at home with play beginning at 4:30 p.m.