INDEPENDENCE -- Fort Scott High School's tennis team used different lineups in a non-medal event here thursday with head coach Lynn Barr bringing up a pair of junior varsity players -- Brittany Burns and Krista Hightower -- to give them some varsity experience.
The Tigers were 2-2 on the day in duals and are now 8-6-2 overall. They defeated Parsons and Labette County, both by 3-1 scores, and lost to Neodesha, 3-1, and Independence, 4-0
Lineup A, if you will, played against Neodesha and Parsons. Ashlyn Baugher (1-2) played No. 1 singles, losing both matches. Scores were 8-3 against Neodesha's Jackie Arnold and 9-5 versus Erin Wesseloski of Independence, who was filling in for an open spot in Parsons' lineup.
Haleigh Whitten (3-4) played No. 2 singles and posted shutouts in both her matches, winning 8-0 against Neody's Michaela David and Parsons' Kinzie Rea.
"Ashlyn competed well and played some good tennis," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "Haleigh did an excellent job of being consistent and not making errors."
Courtney Crain and Kenna Savage (3-2) played No. 1 doubles. They lost to Jackie Newland/Alyssa Schulre of Neodesha, 8-1, and defeated Samantha Fletcher/Tiara Smith of Parsons, 8-1.
Burns and Hightower played together for the first time this season in No. 2 doubles. They were shut out by Neodesha's Rebecca Patchett/Tabbitha Patchett but then came back to shut out Parsons' Baleigh Boydston/Nakita Gandi.
Lineup B saw Crain and Savage stay together with all the other entries moved around. Crain and Savage lost to Kelsey Porter/Tyra Welch of Independence, 8-2, and defeated Sami Brown/Paige Smith of Labette County, 8-5.
Baugher and Whitten (7-1) played No. 2 doubles. They suffered their first loss of the season to Indy's Caringtyn Julian/Sarah Derrick, 8-0, but came back to beat LC's Tiffany Sexton/Caitlin Closs, 8-2.
"Courtney and Kenna played some good tennis at times, and at times were a little inconsistent and hurt themselves with errors," Barr said. "They did not start out well against Neodesha and just never got into any kind of rhythm in that match. They came back and played pretty well against a very good Indy team. They were pretty much in control through out the match against Parsons, but struggle some in the LCHS match but were able to hang on and pull it out in the end.
"Ashlyn and Haleigh were just not on their game against Indy and were never able to get into the match, but they came back strong in their final match against LCHS and played a very solid match."
Bruns moved to No. 1 singles and lost both matches, 8-0 to Indy's Abbi Groff and 8-1 to Labette County's Lakyn Baughman, 8-1.
Hightower went to No. 2 singles where she lost to Taylor Mason of Independence, 8-3, and defeated Patty Stevenson of Labette County, 8-2.
The Tigers host their varsity tournament Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m. The high school courts and the ones at Woodland Hills Golf Course will be used for the only varsity home appearance of this season