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Fort Scott boys hold off Iola with free throws

Saturday, February 11, 2012

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Matt Wright (21) drives in for a layup during the first half of Fort Scott High School's Homecoming basketball game against Iola Friday night. Wright finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds as the Tigers held off the Mustangs, 60-53, in Southeast Kansas league play.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
FORT SCOTT -- When all else goes wrong, a basketball team has to be able to hit its free throws.

Fort Scott High's boys didn't have much going right in the second half of Friday night's Homecoming game against Iola. But for the second consecutive game, the Tigers made their free throws when it mattered and came away with a victory.

Tuesday night at Parsons, Fort Scott made just one fourth-quarter field goal but hit 12 of 17 free throws and came away with a league road victory, 49-44. Friday night, the Tigers didn't make a field goal in the last 8:47 of play but knocked down 14 of 16 charity tosses and defeated Iola in Southeast Kansas League play, 60-53.

Fort Scott (4-1 SEK, 13-4 overall) led by 20 points at halftime, 38-18, but came out of the locker room flat after an extra-long halftime for Homecoming activities. The Mustangs (1-3, 8-8) scored 12 straight points as they cut the deficit to 42-33 with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter.

Kyle Altic and Matt Wright scored back-to-back for the Tigers as the third period ended to get the lead back up to 13 points. Iola's Mikal Bassell converted a 3-point play to start the fourth quarter but Fort Scott knocked down 5 of 6 free throws in the next 1:20 to push the lead up to 51-36.

Christian Kauth, who scored the Mustangs' last four baskets, brought Iola within 55-46 with 1:18 to go by converting a 3-point play. Despite his effort, the Mustangs didn't have enough time to complete the rally, particularly since they had to foul Fort Scott to conserve time, which led to more successful free throws for the Tigers.

Fort Scott made 17 of 22 free throws in the game while Iola went just 6 of 14 at the free-throw line. The Tigers, even with their dismal fourth quarter, shot 54 percent from the field, making 19 of 35 field-goal attempts. Iola shot 50 percent on 22 of 44.

Cameron Woodring led Fort Scott with 15 points. Tyler Adams and Matt Wright each scored 14. Braden Larson scored 17 points for Iola while Kauth scored 12 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Iola outrebounded Fort Scott, 25-23. Wright had 6 rebounds for the Tigers. Larsen grabbed 8 for the Mustangs.

The Tigers built their halftime lead with a 17-0 run that began late in the first quarter and ran into the second. Woodring and Adams hit back-to-back 3-point shots to start the second and make it a 27-8 game with 6:48 left in the half.

Fort Scott also scored 9 of the last 10 of the half with Wright creating the halftime margin on a layup with 11 seconds to go.

The Tigers will be idle until next Friday when they will travel to Columbus for an SEK contest.

JUNIOR VARSITY -- Tucker Horn scored 16 points for Fort Scott and Austin Sather added 11 as Fort Scott defeated Iola 65-37.


IOLA: Heffern 3-6 0-0 8, Ashmore 0-1 0-0 0, Coons 0-0 0-0 0, Bossell 1-1 1-1 3, J.Latta 2-4 1-2 5, Sigg 3-7 1-3 7, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Larsen 8-16 1-5 17, C.Kauth 5-8 2-3 13. TOTALS: 22-44 6-14 53.

FORT SCOTT: Stark 0-1 5-8 5, Adams 4-11 3-4 14, Wright 5-6 4-14 14, Fink 0-1 0-0 0, Woodring 5-7 3-3 15, Pytlowany 1-3 0-0 2, Altic 3-4 2-2 8, Durbin 1-2 0-1 2. TOTALS: 19-35 17-22 60.

Iola.......... 8 10 15 20 -- 53

Fort Scott.... 21 17 8 14 -- 60

Three-point field goals: Iola 3-9 (Heffern 2-4, C.Kauth 1-2, Ashmore 0-1, J.Latta 0-1, Larson 0-1), Fort Scott 5-14 (Adams 3-7, Woodring 2-4, Stark 0-1, Pytlowany 0-2).

Total fouls: Iola 18, Fort Scott 12. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.

Rebounds: Iola 25 (Larson 8), Fort Scott 23 (Wright 6). Assists: Iola 9 (Heffern 3, Sigg 3), Fort Scott 13 (Stark 5). Turnovers: Iola 16, Fort Scott 13. Steals: Iola 8 (Larson 3), Fort Scott 8 (Adams 2, Wright 2). Blocked shots: Iola 2 (Sigg, Larson), Fort Scott 2 (Adams, Wright).



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