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Panthers keep 'Hound men at bay

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fort Scott Community College's men came out of the locker room looking as ready to go as they've been this season, making 3 of their first 4 field-goal attempts and jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the early moments of action Wednesday night at Arnold Arena.

But the Greyhound offense fell back into its year-long struggles shortly there after and by the time it came around again, it was too late to prevent a 64-54 loss to Neosho County in Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play.

The game was barely over a minute old as Menas Stephens scored twice and Julian Mills scored a transition bucket to give the Greyhounds (2-11 East, 3-21 overall) their early lead. Alex Barner hit a 3-point shot with 15:47 remaining to make it a 9-3 lead.

But Neosho County (8-5, 14-11) started taking advantage of Fort Scott's early turnovers and took the lead on Antonio Banks' 3-point shot with 11:55 to go, part of an 9-0 run that put the Panthers ahead for good, 12-9.

The 'Hounds made just 2 of their next 11 shots from the field and finished the half 10 for 24 with 15 turnovers against Neosho County's backcourt pressure.

The Panthers led 33-22 at the half. In the second half, they got the lead up to 17 points twice, the last time at 55-38 with 6:33 remaining.

Alex Barner sparked a 10-0 run with a basket at the five-minute mark and Anthony Mason's transition layup from a Teance Walton steal brought Fort Scott within 55-48 with 1:40 to go.

But the Greyhounds could never get closer than 7 points after that despite the fact that the Panthers didn't make a field goal in the final 7:49. Neosho County converted 11 of 12 free throws into points during that time, however, which was enough to hold Fort Scott off.

Mills led all scorers with 20 points, many coming on transition baskets. Stephens added 10 for the 'Hounds. Banks led Neosho County with 17 points while Trey Anderson added 16 and Terrance Jackson chipped in with 12.

Neosho County shot only 35 percent from the field, making 17 of 48 field-goal attempts. But the Panthers made 27 of 32 free-throw tries.

Fort Scott finished the night at 35 percent on 20-of-57 field-goal shooting. They were 2 of 11 from 3-point range and 12 of 16 at the charity stripe.

Barner finished with 13 rebounds and Walton had 11 for the Greyhounds, who outrebounded the Panthers, 42-32. Australian Jordan Hickert grabbed 10 boards for Neosho County.

Fort Scott committed 19 turnovers in the game while Neosho County turned the ball over 16 times.

The Greyhounds will be on the road Saturday night to face Eastern Division co-leader Independence, which defeated Labette, 102-71, Wednesday night at Parsons. Tip-off at the ICC gymnasium is scheduled for 8 p.m.

NOTES -- Gregoryshon Magee, a very slender 6' 10" freshman from New Orleans, blocked 4 shots for Neosho County....

The defensive effort Fort Scott put forth in defeating Labette, 54-42, Saturday at Arnold Arena turned out to be one that made the record books. The points the 'Hounds allowed were the third-fewest since the installation of the 35-second shot clock and the fewest allowed to another junior college. The record is 37 points allowed to the MidAmerican Nazarene JV in December 1999. FSCC allowed 41 to the Sterling JV in a November 2008 contest at Hutchinson. The previous low allowed another juco was 47 points in a 47-46 loss to Independence in March 2005...

NEOSHO COUNTY: Jackson 3-5 6-8 12, Banks 3-5 9-10 17, Magee 1-5 0-0 2, Dubose 1-3 0-0 2, White 2-8 2-2 6, Anderson 5-9 6-18 16, Hickert 2-9 0-0 5, Crabtree 0-4 4-4 4. TOTALS: 17-48 27-32 64.

FORT SCOTT: Mason 3-9 2-2 8, Stephens 4-13 2-2 10, Mills 7-16 6-8 20, Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Barner 3-9 0-2 8, Trost 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Walton 3-7 2-2 8, Flowers 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20-57 12-16 54.

Halftime: Neosho County, 33-22.

Three-point field goals: Neosho County 3-14 (Banks 2-4, Hickert 1-3, Dubose 0-1, Anderson 0-3, Crabtree 0-3), Fort Scott 2-11 (Barner 2-6, Stephens 0-1, Flowers 0-1, Mason 0-3).

Total fouls: Neosho County 17, Fort Scott. Fouled out: Magee. Technical fouls: None.

Rebounds: Neosho County 32 (Hickert 10), Fort Scott 42 (Barner 13, Walton 11). Assists: Neosho County 6 (Banks 2, Anderson 2), Fort Scott 8 (Mills 5). Turnovers: Neosho County 16, Fort Scott 19. Steals: Neosho County 9 (Jackson 2), Fort Scott 7 (Walton 3). Blocked shots: Neosho County 5 (Magee 4), Fort Scott 1 (Stephens).

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