(Kenny Felt for the Herald-Tribune)
It was really quiet.
"It was kind of an awkward situation for us in here tonight," Bingesser said. "It was so hot and it's the first time we've been in front of a crowd. I don't know if they weren't used to the heat, but it seemed like we could hear everybody breathing. We had a hard time getting into it."
Hopefully, the Tigers will give fans something to be excited about early in the season, which begins this morning with a non-league quadrangular at Girard which includes rival Pittsburg and Columbus.
"It's a big rivalry against Pittsburg; it's a big rivalry, too, against Girard," Bingesser says. "Columbus is the same way. We've got three really tough matches."
Tuesday, Fort Scott (18-19 last season) will play its first home matches as Chanute and Pittsburg Colgan visit for a non-league triangular that starts at 5 p.m.
Thursday, they'll go to LaCygne, Kan., for another non-league triangular with host Prairie View and Iola
"Chanute is always tough," Bingesser said. "They're ranked in the state and they're gonna be solid. We're going to have to get our game faces on for that one.
"Pittsburg Colgan is tough, too. We saw them all summer. We haven't got an easy match this first week and I told the girls the other day, 'At the end of that week, we could be 0-7 or hopefully we come out and be 7-0.'"
Fort Scott's 10-woman varsity roster will have seniors Paige Denton, Sidney Maycumber, Shelby Maycumber, and Rikki Butler; juniors Brianne Lawrence, Ericah Shoemaker, Jillian Lattimer, Maddi Allen and Delane Gray; and sophomore Meredith Hill.
Bingesser feels good about her varsity, which she feels will be strong up front.
"I've got 10 good players on varsity and I think all of them do a good job," Bingesser said. "We're going to try to mix it up a lot. You'll see us going to our middles, Jillian and Bri. You'll see us go to our outsides, Erica and Sidney on the left side. I actually have two good, solid right-side hitters this year, which I haven't had before. Maddi Allen and Delane Gray can hit solid outside on the right side. I'm kind of excited to see us get into a game situation so we can pick up that intensity and I think we'll see good things."
The scrimmage itself was uneventful -- even considering the quiet crowd. The 23 freshmen played first using both courts for a pair of scrimmages, one of was against a team of sophomores, for 30 minutes. Then the varsity competed against the junior varsity for 30 minutes.
Shelby Maycumber felt a pop in her ankle at one point in the varsity/JV scrimmage and hobbled off the court. But she returned shortly after seemingly unaffected by it.
Fort Scott will have four home dates this season. The other three are Sept. 6 and 20 and Oct. 4.