OSAWATOMIE, Kan -- Fort Scott High School won just one of three matches in a non-league quadrangular here Thursday which included two of the tougher teams from the general Kansas City area.
The Tigers (4-8) lost to Louisburg, 25-12, 25-7, in their first match of the day. Next, they fell to host Osawatomie, 25-9, 25-11. In the final match, the Fort Scott defeated Prairie View, 21-25, 25-23, 25-15.
"We came across two very tough teams with Louisburg and Osawatomie," Fort Scott head coach Carol Bingesser said. "Both teams cover the floor well and have a couple of big hitters. We had made a couple of adjustments in our offense the night before in practice so it took us a while to work out the kinks."
Ericah Shoemaker and Brianne Lawrence had two kills each against Louisburg while Paige Denton had eight digs.
Shoemaker led with three kills versus Osawatomie while Maddie Allen had 6 assists, Jillian Lattimer was credited with two blocks and Denton came up with seven digs.
The stats improved against Prairie View. Shoemaker led with 12 kills while Sidney Maycumber had 6 and Jillian Lattimer had five. Meredith Hill handed out 13 assists and Maddi Allen dished 11. Lawrence had four blocks and Shoemaker had three. Denton was credited with 23 digs while Shoemaker had 11.
"Against Prairie View in the first set, the girls were still on the defense from the two previous matches so it took us a set to realize we needed to become more of an offensive threat," Bingesser said. "In the second and third sets, the passing improved and Paige was digging up everything they threw at us so our setters were able to give our hitters a chance to really swing at the ball. Our hitters really stepped up and were able to take a good swing or place the ball in the open spot. I was proud of the girls for staying focused and being able to finish when they needed to."
The Tigers will be playing in the Pittsburg Tournament today. Thursday, Southeast Kansas League play begind with a home triangular featuring Coffeyville and Parsons at the FSHS gymnasium. Play begins at 5 p.m.