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Panthers take 96-72 win over 'Hounds

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Fort Scott's Julian Mills goes up for a score over Neosho County's D'Marco Smith (11) and another unidentified Panther behind him. Mills scored 24 points and surpassed the 400-point milestone as a Greyhound during a 96-72 loss to the Panthers.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Neosho County rattled Fort Scott Community College's men with a couple of dunks to start the game and that may have been enough to disrupt the Greyhounds' game plan as the visiting Panthers went on to a 96-72 victory in Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play at Arnold Arena Wednesday night.

Jerry Sipple converted an alley-oop pass from Raymond Jeter off the opening tip and Brett Jones scored a dunk in transition. Although Austin Danner answered with a 3-point goal, the taller Panthers were able to capitalize on their advantage as they went out to a 17-6 lead after 8 1/2 minutes.

"I think we got out of our game plan, which was to grind it out and use the shot clock," Fort Scott head coach Michael Cook said. "We shot too quickly, they got long rebounds, shoot threes or dunk.

"Our margin of error is small. So if we don't to all the little things -- passing the ball and cutting -- all we're going to do is get exposed. We have to do every little thing possible to make sure we're running our offense the way we're supposed to."

The Panthers (9-6 East, 15-12 overall) scored the last 14 points of the first half as they pushed the lead to 58-23. With 12 1/2 minutes remaining in the contest, the lead was at 40 points, 75-35.

From that point on, Fort Scott (1-14, 2-25) outscored Neosho County 37-21. Included in that stretch was a 3-point goal by Fort Scott High graduate Pierce Rienbolt, who is one of the local walk-ons along with Cody Harper that joined the team shortly after the roster was trimmed to five players about three weeks ago.

During the game, sophomore Teance Walton surpassed 500-point mark as a Greyhound while Julian Mills moved past the 400-point barrier. Mills led the 'Hounds with 24 points while Walton added 22. Austin Danner chipped in with 13 points.

Drew Thomas came off the bench to lead Neosho County with 17 points. Brison White contributed 16 points for the Panthers while Antonio Buchanan and 6' 11" post Gregoryshon Magee each added 10.

Neosho County shot 49 percent from the field, making 39 of 79 field-goal attempts. Fort Scott shot 39 percent on 20 of 52 but made 30 of 41 free-throw attempts as the Panthers were whistled for 31 fouls.

Fourth-ranked Coffeyville visits Arnold Arena for Fort Scott's home finale Saturday. The Red Ravens were upset by Kansas City Wednesday night


NEOSHO COUNTY: Sipple 3-8 0-0 7, Jones 3-5 2-2 9, Patton 3-6 0-0 6, Hickert 1-1 0-0 2, Jeter 3-9 2-2 8, Magee 4-5 2-2 10, Smith 3-6 0-0 6, White 7-17 0-0 16, Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Drew 6-10 2-3 17, Buchanan 4-4 2-2 10, Newton 1-5 0-0 3. TOTALS: 39-79 10-11 96.

FORT SCOTT: Green 2-6 3-4 7, Mills 6-11 12-14 24, Danner 4-8 4-5 13, Walton 7-14 8-13 22, Thomas 0-8 1-3 1, Harper 0-3 0-0 0, Rienbolt 1-2 2-2 5. TOTALS: 20-52 30-41 72.

Halftime: Neosho County 58-23.

Three-point field goals: Neosho County 8-25 (Drew 3-7, White 2-5, Jones 1-2, Newton 1-2, Sipple 1-5, Smith 0-1, Clark 0-1, Jeter 0-2), Fort Scott 2-12 (Rienbolt 1-1, Danner 1-2, Green 0-1, Walton 0-1, Mills 0-2, Thomas 0-2, Harper 0-3).

Total fouls: Neosho County 31, Fort Scott 13. Fouled out: Magee, Hickeyy, Newton. Technical fouls: Mills, Danner.

Rebounds: Neosho County 54 (Drew 10), Fort Scott 28 (Walton 6). Assists: Neosho County 19 (Smith 5), Fort Scott 6 (Danner 2, Thomas 2). Turnovers: Neosho County 13, Fort Scott 13. Steals: Neosho County 6 (Sipple 2), Fort Scott 9 (Danner 4). Blocked shots: Neosho County 2 (Magee 2), Fort Scott none.



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