"The girls competed hard this afternoon, but it was still a little disappointing to finish third as a team," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "We are getting near the end of the season and we need to really focus on playing at a higher level all the time, not just in spurts. They have improved as the season has progressed, but we can't let up now, we have to keep trying to play better."
Michelle Buntain and Corina Harrison (13-6) finished in second place in No. 1 doubles, posting the Tigers' best finish. Their 8-7 (7-3) tie-breaker victory or Labette County's Kaysha Julich/Allie Reynolds proved to be the pivotal match. They lost to Independence's Kelsey Porter/Tyra Welch, 8-4, and swept Columbus' Ashley Simpson/Jessica Robinson, 8-0.
"Michelle and Corina played some good tennis at times, but had trouble closing out the match against LCHS," Barr said. "They have to remain aggressive and play their game regardless of their opponent."
Taylor Bailey and Courtney Crain, paired together for the first time this season, finished third in No. 2 doubles. They beat Columbus' Christina DaVolt/Zoe Foster, 8-1, and lost to Indy's Diona Mendoza/Erin Wesselowski, 8-1, and LC's Lora Nance/Kelsey Baker, 8-2.
Kalia Dancy (2-5) was third in No. 1 singles. She defeated Columbus' Shaylee Thomas, 8-1, and lost to Indy's Kelby McGrath, 8-1, and Labette County's Katie Anderson, 8-2.
"Kalia played some good tennis in her matches today," Barr said. "She kept the ball in play and moved well on the court, but both losses came to good players. Kalia has been one of our more consistent players this season whether in singles or doubles."
Heather Hobbs (2-5) was also third, playing No. 2 singles. She defeated Elyse Merritt of Labette County, 8-1, and lost to Ashlyn Conner of Independence, 8-1, and teammate Ashlyn Baugher, who was a fill-in for a Columbus vacancy, 8-5.
"Heather played some good tennis at times today," Barr noted. "Again, Heather gets a lot of balls back in play and keeps her opponent on the court and makes them work to beat her which is an excellent strategy for a singles player."
Baugher also defeated Merritt, 8-6, and lost to Conner, 8-1. It was her first varsity tournament of the season.
"Ashlyn had a good tournament," Barr said. "She played well and ended up with a second-place finish in the tournament."
The Tigers play at Pittsburg today, then host Nevada Tuesday afternoon in a dual which will begin at 4:30 p.m.