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Defense delivers Greyhound victory

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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Fort Scott's Erica Smith (12) moves by a defender during the first half of play at Arnold Arena Monday night. Smith scored 7 points and also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals for the Greyhounds in a 58-35 victory over the Missouri Valley College junior varsity.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Fort Scott Community College's women outscored the Missouri Valley College junior varsity 36-14 in the second half Monday night and went on to a 58-35 victory at Arnold Arena.

Fort Scott's use of multiple zone defenses kept the Vikings off balance. Missouri Valley committed 19 turnovers in the second half alone.

"We threw a 1-3-1 in (Sunday) and they seemed to enjoy it," Fort Scott head coach Diana Couch said. "And the reason for (using) the 1-3-1 is for the steal. We threw a little 2-3 zone in there, 1-2-2, tried to go back to gap but I think they like zone. This could be a zone team this year. I'm impressed with the 1-3-1 for the first time running it, it created quite a bit of turnovers."

The Greyhounds (4-3) held a 10-4 lead after 10 minutes as the Vikings were unable to score from its set offense -- both its scores came off turnovers.

The lead was 19-9 with 3:36 left in the half. Then Missouri Valley got on a roll as the half wound down and got within 22-21 at the break on Camille Wadlington's 3-point goal with 16 seconds remaining.

"We've struggled in the first half the last two games," Couch said. "I don't know if we're game ready coming out of the gate (or) if they're still adjusting to the fact that we want to run more."

Hannah Wood gave Missouri Valley its only lead of the contest when she drove for the first field goal of the second half. But Fort Scott scored 9 of the next 11 -- a run capped by Brittany Pearl's 3-point goal, to go up 31-25 with 13:52 on the clock.

The more turnovers the 'Hounds forced, the wider the lead grew. A 10-0 run capped by a Burgandie Lewis layup with 7:01 left made it a 44-29 game.

Fort Scott High School graduate Megan McDermed scored 5 points during an 11-0 run, which made it 55-33 with 2:15 to go.

Based on their second-half success, it appears that multiple zones will be the Greyhounds' game plan for a while.

"I think they respond well to it," Couch said, "They like mixing it up and I think they like having the other team off a little bit. The 1-2-2 was doing great, now it's 1-3-1. We'll see what happens."

FSHS grad Jolee Sharp finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals -- all game highs. Lewis and McDermed scored 9 points each. No one had more than 6 points for the Vikings.

Fort Scott shot 33 percent from the field, making 20 of 61 field-goal attempts. MVC shot 29 percent on 14 of 49. It made just 7 of 22 fielders in the second half, going 0 for 6 from the 3-point line and 0 for 5 at the free-throw stripe.

Lewis contributed 9 rebounds as Fort Scott outrebounded Missouri Valley, 46-34. The 'Hounds also picked up 19 steals.

The Greyhounds are idle until the weekend of December 2-3 when they will play games at the Barton Classic in Great Bend. They won't play at home again until Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play begins on January 4 with a contest against Cowley College.

NOTES -- Hannah Bradley was unable to play due to illness. Also, freshman Kelsa Noeller will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn against the Bethel junior varsity during the first game of the Allen Classic on November 11....


MISSOURI VALLEY JV: Embrey 1-7 0-0 3, Freeman 0-0 2-2 2, Barrett 2-5 0-2 5, Cille 0-1 0-0 0, Wadlington 2-4 0-0 5, Surratt 2-6 0-2 4, Culbertson 1-4 0-1 2, Duckworth 2-4 2-2 6, Shine 1-2 0-0 2, Wood 2-3 0-0 4, Reaves 1-7 0-0 2, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Ntsamass 0-4 0-0 0. TOTALS: 14-49 4-9 35.

FORT SCOTT: Atherton 1-3 0-0 2, McDermed 3-10 3-6 9, 0-0 0-0 0, Pearl 1-10 1-2 4, Smith 3-11 0-0 7, Ivy 1-3 0-0 3, McKenzie 0-2 0-0 0, Sharp 7-13 6-9 21, Lewis 4-7 1-1 9, Arnold 0-2 3-4 3. TOTALS: 20-61 14-22 58.

Halftime: Fort Scott, 22-21.

Three-point field goals: MVC JV 3-15 (Wadlington 1-1, Barrett 1-3, Embrey 1-6, Cillie 0-1, Surratt 0-1, Culbertson 0-1, Shine 0-1, Wood 0-1), Fort Scott 4-18 (Ivy 1-2, Sharp 1-3, Pearl 1-6, Smith 1-6, McDermed 0-1).

Total fouls: MVC JV 16, Fort Scott 13. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Rebounds: MVC JV 34 (Wadlington 6), Fort Scott 46 (Sharp 10). Assists: MVC JV 7 (7 with 1 each), Fort Scott 9 (Sharp 4). Turnovers: MVC JV 32, Fort Scott 21. Steals: MVC JV 8 (Duckworth 3), Fort Scott 19 (Sharp 6). Blocked shots: MVC JV 2 (Wadlington, Ntsamass), Fort Scott 3 (3 with 1 each).



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