INDEPENDENCE, Kan. -- With the opportunity to use different lineup combinations, Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr used four different sets of entrants in a tournament here Thursday.
"This may be one of the most interchangeable groups of girls we've had in quite a while," Barr said. "They are all capable of playing well in singles or doubles. The key now is to find just the right combinations to make us the most competitive at the SEK Tournament and the one with the best chance of advancing someone to the State Tournament."
Independence won the tournament with 16 points followed by Fort Scott with 9. Individual medals were not awarded, which allowed for the flexible lineups.
Taking a set of matches against each school as a dual, the Tigers swept Iola 4-0, beat Pittsburg 3-1, tied Chanute and were swept by Indy. Fort Scott has a 6-4-2 record in duals this season.
Against Iola, Courtney Crain defeated Katana Smith, 8-1, in No. 1 singles and Ashlyn Baugher swept Abbey St. Clair in No. 2's. Michelle Buntain and Corina Harrison teamed up to beat Shyanne Hendry/Megan Smith in No. 1 doubles, 8-1, while Kenna Savage and Haleigh Whitten swept Hannah Barclay/Shelby Reno in 2 doubles.
Both doubles entries were winners for the Tigers against Chanute. Buntain and Harrison beat Breianna Brooks/Abby Lieudahl, 8-2, and Baugher and Whitten teamed up in No. 2's to beat Haley Ackridge/Beth Ungles, 8-6. Crain lost to Czarina Ramos in No. 1 singles and Savage fell to Madison Wendt in No. 2's, both by 8-5 scores.
Indy's Abbi Groff swept Buntain in No. 1 singles while Ashlyn Conner beat Whitten, 8-5. Kelsey Porter/Tyra Welch beat Crain and Harrison in No. 1 doubles and Caringtyn Julian/Sarah Derrick beat Baugher and Savage in 2 doubles, both by 8-3 counts.
Buntain defeated Pittsburg's Megan Reed in 1 singles, 8-2, but Katy Short beat Harrison in No. 2's, 8-4. Crain and Savage teamed up for an 8-3 win over Brittney Wilde/Laikyn Long in No. 1 doubles. Baugher and Whitten beat Jessica Curlee/Emily Baden, 8-4, to remain unbeaten together in six matches this season.
"I thought the girls continued to show improvement today. Our singles play was pretty solid in all of the matches we played," Barr noted.
"In doubles, we still need to stay aggressive and do a better job of controlling the net, but we are making progress. We had several different doubles combinations today and overall I was very pleased at how we competed."
The Tiger varsity plays at Independence again Tuesday.
There are changes for Monday's home junior varsity tournament. Labette County and Parsons have both decided not to attend the tourney but Baldwin has decided to come down and join Chanute and two Fort Scott teams. Play will begin at 3 p.m., two hours later than originally scheduled.