(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Sarah Weisner hit her third 3-point goal in three minutes for the Braves to tie the score with exactly seven minutes remaining. But Erica Smith's hot hand swished a pair of 3-point goals to give Fort Scott (3-3) the lead for good. Burgandie Lewis added a free throw and sophomore post Jataeva Arnold scored the last 5 points of the contest.
Ottawa led four times in the first half, going up 23-22 on a pair of Sam Shaffer free throws with 2:59 left. The Braves scored 7 of the last 9 of the half to go into the locker room with a 28-24 lead.
Fort Scott came out of the locker room with a full-court press that disrupted the Braves early while Brittany Pearl scored the first 7 points of the half for the 'Hounds to put them up 31-28.
Fort Scott High School graduate made it 36-30 on a layup with 14:40 to go. But Ottawa scored the next 7 to reclaim the lead.
Smith hit her first 3-pointer of the half to put the 'Hounds up 39-37 with 10:10 left. Moments later, Wiesner made her first triple of the half to put the Braves ahead again.
Lewis scored a layup and Smith hit her second 3-pointer to put Fort Scott up 44-40 with 8:45 left. Wiesner brought Ottawa within one on another 3-point shot.
McDermed scored for Fort Scott with 8:19 to go to make it 46-43. Jessica Christman made a layup for Ottawa to bring her team within one. Arnold scored with 7:10 to go to make it 49-46.
Jolee Sharp led Fort Scott with 15 points on 7-of-11 field-goal shooting, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Smith added 14 points while Pearl finished with 10. Wiesner led Ottawa with 9 points.
The Greyhounds shot 48 percent from the floor in the second half while holding the Braves to 27 percent. Overall, Fort Scott finished the night 24 of 55 for 44 percent while Ottawa came in at 16 of 50 for 32 percent. The 'Hounds made 8 of 21 3-point attempts while Ottawa was just 3 of 19.
The Greyhounds outrebounded Ottawa, 42-27. Turnovers finished with a 26-22 count going against FSCC but the 'Hounds committed just 8 in the second half as they did not have nearly as much difficulty with Ottawa's press as the Braves had with Fort Scott's.
Ottawa held a 4-0 lead early on. Then Fort Scott scored 8 straight with a Sharp 3-pointer putting Fort Scott ahead.
A Lewis stickback boosted the lead to 12-6. But then shortly after both she and Arnold had to come off the floor as each had 3 fouls.
Ottawa reclaimed the lead, mostly on free throws, 17-12 with 6:30 left in the half.
Hannah Bradley sparked a 6-0 run with a jumper in transition. Sharp followed up with a pair of goals.
Ottawa went ahead 21-18 with four minutes to go. Sharp scored consecutive baskets to give Fort Scott its final lead of the half, 22-21, with 3:08 remaining.
Fort Scott is at home again Monday night, hosting the Missouri Valley College junior varsity at 6 p.m. Following that game, they will play their next five away from home and will not return to Arnold Arena until Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play begins with a game against Cowley on January 4.
NOTES -- Sharp scored all of her points in the first half but had her double-double already as she had 10 rebounds at the break. All five of her assists came in the second half....
OTTAWA JV: Wiesner 3-12 0-0 9, Post 2-6 4-4 8, Shaffer 2-10 5-6 9, Neptune 3-6 1-4 7, Christman 2-6 1-2 5, Boore 1-3 0-0 2, Hoyt 3-7 2-2 8. TOTALS: 16-50 13-18 48.
FORT SCOTT: Atherton 0-0 0-0 0, McDermed 2-4 0-0 4, Crawford 0-0 0-0 0, Pearl 4-10 0-0 10, Smith 4-9 2-2 14, Ivy 1-4 0-0 3, Bradley 1-4 0-0 2, McKenzie 0-1 0-0 0, Sharp 7-11 0-0 15, Lewis 2-4 1-2 5, Arnold 3-8 1-2 7. TOTALS: 24-55 4-6 60.
Halftime: Ottawa JV, 28-24.
Three-point field goals: Ottawa JV 3-19 (Wiesner 3-11, Post 0-1, Boore 0-1, Hoyt 0-1, Shaffer 0-5), Fort Scott 8-21 (Smith 4-8, Pearl 2-5, Ivy 1-3, Sharp 1-3, Bradley 0-1, Arnols 0-1).
Total fouls: Ottawa JV 14, Fort Scott 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Rebounds: Ottawa JV 27 (Christman 7), Fort Scott 42 (Sharp 12). Assists: Ottawa JV 4 (Shaffer 2), Fort Scott 14 (Sharp 5). Turnovers: Ottawa JV 22, Fort Scott 26. Steals: Ottawa JV 12 (Neptune 4), Fort Scott 9 (Sharp 4). Blocked shots; Ottawa JV 1 (Post), Fort Scott 1 (Pearl).