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College games delayed by broken backboard

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fort Scott Community College maintenance worker Bill Lalman works on the remains of a backboard Saturday afternoon at Arnold Arena. The backboard was shattered by a Johnson County men's player during warm-ups at halftime of the women's game. Because of the time needed to replace the backboard, the remainder of the women's game and the men's game were postponed until Sunday.
(Scott Nuzum/Tribune)
It was an odd weekend for Fort Scott Community College's basketball teams.

In a Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division doubleheader that took two days to complete, Johnson County swept the Greyhounds. Cavalier women, ranked No. 1 in the country in NJCAA Division II, defeated Fort Scott, 51-29, in a game that was suspended at halftime Saturday and finished on Sunday. Then the 10th-ranked Johnson County men's squad pulled away in the second half to beat the 'Hounds, 72-53, Sunday night.

The women's game was suspended -- and the men's contest postponed -- after a Johnson County men's player shattered a backboard when he threw down a windmill dunk in warm-ups at halftime of the women's game.

There wasn't a backup backboard available on campus and even if there had been, it took almost four hours to take down the broken backboard, obtain Fort Scott High School's backup backboard and install it, anyway.

The teams came back at 4:30 Sunday afternoon to finish the women's game and play the men's. And what should have been a day off now turns into a stretch where both Fort Scott teams will end up playing three days in a row. The women played a half Saturday and Sunday and played Monday night at North Central College in Trenton, Mo. The men will end up playing three full games three nights in a row, playing Sunday, at North Central Monday and at State Fair tonight.

Greyhound women (0-2 East, 1-9 overall) trailed 24-13 at halftime Saturday. Although they weren't shooting well from the field at the time (24 percent on 5 of 21), they had held Johnson County (2-0, 10-0) to 38 percent on 8 of 21. The main differences were the Cavaliers' better 3-point shooting and better control of the ball.

Sunday, when the game resumed, Johnson County stepped up its offensive performance, going 12 of 25 from the field. The Cavs scored 22 of the first 27 points of the half, the last 12 of those without a response from the 'Hounds, as they extended the lead to 46-18 with around four minutes to go.

Fort Scott's offense remained flat and, despite scoring 11 of the game's final 16 points, the 'Hounds finished 11 of 43 from the field for 26 percent while committing 22 turnovers.

Jolee Sharp led the Greyhounds with 9 points, all scored on Sunday. Taylor Bird scored 9 points each day and finished the gae as Johnson's leader with 18 points while center Liz Smith added 13.

Fort Scott outrebounded Johnson County, 29-25. Danielle Wiese led the 'Hounds with 9 boards.

Johnson County men 72, Fort Scott 53.

Greyhound men started their game with the kind of play that Johnson County probably didn't expect to see from a winless team. The 'Hounds were outhustling the Cavaliers and playing well as a team.

The Cavs (2-0, 10-1) couldn't pull away and led just 13-9 with 11 minutes left in the first half.

Then Fort Scott scored 10 unanswered points, going up 19-13 when Robert Mason hit a 3-point shot from the left side with 9:42 to go.

Another Mason triple with exactly five minutes remaining made it 26-20.

"The first half, we played great team basketball. We shared the ball and we executed well on defense," Fort Scott head coach Michael Cook said. "We just have to trust each other when we get a lead and not worry about getting 'our' points as individuals."

Johnson County's offense finally found some consistency at the end of the half with Justin Leathers scoring 5 straight points to start a rally. Then Chris Brasher's 3-pointer put the Cavs ahead 28-26 with 2:20 left. He hit an 18-footer with 1:01 to go.

The only points Fort Scott (0-2, 0-11) scored in the final five minutes were on Alex Barner's free throws with 36 seconds left.

"We settled for 3-pointers at the end of the half while they made their run," Cook said. "Before, we were penetrating. Three pointers are fine in the flow of the offense. But when you're coming down and just shooting..."

The thought was left unfinished but the meaning was clear. Cook felt the 'Hounds started going away from the the things that got them the lead and began to play more as individuals.

It didn't help the Greyhound cause that Johnson's better players got going in the second half and they got more from their bench. Ryan Arel's 3-point shot sparked a 14-0 run that pushed the lead to 51-35 with 11 minutes to go.

"They made adjustments and we made adjustments but they executed better," Cook said. "(Ryan Magdziariz) is their best player but when you sit him down, other guys step up. That's the difference. (Arel) stepped up. And they got some big baskets from (Aaron) Washington, driving and penetrating. And when we get down, we start pressing. We start trying to make things happen one-on-one."

In the game, Johnson County's bench outscored Fort Scott's 26-11.

Leathers finished with 16 points to lead the Cavaliers while Arel finished with 15 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Mason led the 'Hounds with 13 points.

Johnson County shot 44 percent for the game on 23 of 52 while Fort Scott finsihed at 30 percent on 16 of 54.

The Cavs outrebounded the 'Hounds, 34-27. Barner led Fort Scott with 7 boards.

Fort Scott finished with 17 turnovers to Johnson County's 14. But the 'Hounds committed 10 miscues in the second half while the Cavs committed just four.

"Right now, we're averaging 18 turnovers," Cook said. "We have to get those down. We had 6 at the half but ended up with 17, which means we became more individual.

"What we do is show them how we shared the ball in the first half, how we played together and did what we're supposed to do. We're continuing to grow. One of the officials said during the game, 'I know you don't want to hear this, you're losing, but it looks promising.' But it's hard for young men to see we're getting better; they see the result."

NOTES -- Fort Scott graduate Floyd started his junior college career with a 30-point night but has struggled since then.

"We have to get Gary Floyd going again," Cook says. "He's been in a slump since the first game. I've told him, 'You don't have to score 30 every night. Just play'."...

This was the 13th consecutive loss for the men's team and the 34th in its last 35 games....


JOHNSON COUNTY: Bird 6-10 4-5 18, Hollingsworth 2-8 0-0 4, Specht 1-3 0-0 3, Kearney 2-3 0-0 4, Smith 6-12 0-0 13, Johnson 1-1 1-2 4, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Rhoiney 0-1 0-0 0, Briggs 0-2 1-2 1, Cooper 0-2 0-0 0, Ingalsbie 2-3 0-1 4. TOTALS: 20-46 6-10 51.

FORT SCOTT: Mattox 0-4 0-0 0, Carter 0-1 1-2 1, Young 2-6 0-2 6, Sharp 3-7 2-3 9, Hammer 1-4 0-0 2, Crow 1-5 0-0 3, Singletary 0-1 0-0 0, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0, Wiese 3-13 0-2 6, Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Bonaparte 1-1 0-1 2. TOTALS: 11-43 3-10 29.

Halftime: Johnson County, 24-13.

Three-point field goals: Johnson County 5-12 (Bird 2-3, Smith 1-1, Johnson 1-1, Specht 1-2, Briggs 0-2, Hollingsworth 0-3), Fort Scott 4-19 (Young 2-4, Sharp 1-3, Crow 1-4, Hammer 0-1, Mattox 0-3, Wiese 0-4).

Total fouls: Johnson County 12, Fort Scott 13. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Rebounds: Johnson County 25 (Bird 6), Fort Scott 29 (Wiese 9). Assists: Johnson County 9 (Hollingsworth 3), Fort Scott 4 (4 with 1 each). Turnovers: Johnson County 12, Fort Scott 22. Steals: Johnson County 7 (Hollingsworth 3), Fort Scott 3 (3 with 1 each). Blocked shots: Johnson County 7 (Hollingsworth 3), Fort Scott 3 (Carter, Sharp, Bonaparte).


JOHNSON COUNTY: Turner 1-2 0-0 2, Leathers 5-11 5-9 16, Magdziariz 4-6 0-0 9, Arel 5-12 0-0 15, Washington 0-3 4-4 4, Honroe 2-3 1-1 5, Brasher 2-8 4-4 9, Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Ryan 0-1 2-2 2, Beal 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 2-3 1-1 5, Coatney 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 23-52 18-23 64.

FORT SCOTT: Stephens 3-8 0-0 6, Barner 3-10 2-2 8, Walton 2-7 4-4 9, Mason 4-9 2-2 13, Floyd 2-12 1-4 6, Mills 0-4 4-4 4, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Trost 0-0 0-0 0, Hurtt 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 2-3 1-1 5, Flowers 0-0 2-2 2. TOTALS: 16-54 16-19 53.

Halftime: Johnson County, 30-28.

Three-point field goals: Johnson County 8-20 (Arel 5-10, Magdziariz 1-1, Leathers 1-3, Brasher 1-4, Washington 0-2), Fort Scott 5-14 (Mason 3-5, Walton 1-1, Floyd 1-4, Mills 0-1, Barner 0-3).

Total fouls: Johnson County 20, Fort Scott 19. Fouled out: Magdziariz, Hayes. Technical fouls: none.

Rebounds: Johnson County 34 (Leathers 7), Fort Scott 27 (Barner 7). Assists: Johnson County 7 (Washington 2), Fort Scott 8 (Mills 4). Turnovers: Johnson County 14, Fort Scott 17. Steals: Johnson County 2 (Leathers, Magdziariz), Fort Scott 4 (Stephens 2). Blocked shots: Johnson County 4 (Leathers 2), Fort Scott 1 (Walton).

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