PRATT -- Fort Scott High School's doubles team, juniors Michelle Buntain and Corina Harrison, lost both matches at the Class 4A State Tournament here Friday.
The Tiger duo (18-10) lost in the first round to McPherson's Taylor Swartzendruber/Brooke Bate, 2-6, 6-2 (10-6).
In early rounds at State, a "super tie-breaker" is used when a match is tied 1-1 instead of a third set. The (10-6) is the score of the super tie-breaker.
"We came out playing some very good tennis and jumped out to a quick lead and held on to take the first set," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. " In that first set, we returned pretty well and did a nice job of controlling the net. The McPherson team came out much more aggressive in the second set and became much active at the net and really put a lot of pressure on us. As a result we started pressing and made a few more errors than we had in the first set, that combined with McPherson's raised level of play resulted in McPherson taking the second set
"In the super tiebreaker to determine the match winner, Michelle and Corina settled down and came back to play some good tennis and kept it close"
In the consolation round, Buntain and Harrison lost to Danika Good and Morgan Schrock of Hesston, which had a 23-7 record going into State. In consolation, a single first-to-8 set was played with the Hesston pair winning, 8-3.
"Although we would have liked to have got at least one win during the State Tournament, the girls have nothing to feel bad about," Barr said. "They have had a good season and this experience should help them to see what they need to improve on before next season in order to be more competitive against the level of play at this level."
Southeast Kansas League results begin with the Parsons' duo of senior Kiralyn Mosier and sophomore Breanna Rogers, who finished fifth in doubles. Independence's Dee Mendoza, a sophomore, and Erin Wesselowski, a junior, finished eighth. Chanute freshman Abi Groff finished ninth in singles.