So two more freshmen stepped up and sophomore point guard Cheianne Ivy found her scoring touch as the 'Hounds were able to fight off the Red Dragons, 57-53, and improve to 2-0 on the season.
It's the first time Fort Scott's women have won their first two games since going off to a 3-0 start in 2009-10.
Johnson County also went 2-0 in the classic, blowing out Southwestern (Iowa) 92-14. The Cavaliers outscored their opposition 172-49 in their two games here.
Ivy finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals just one night after she missed all five of her field-goal tries and finished with one point. Rebecca Fisher, one of Fort Scott's three freshmen, had only two points Friday but scored 11 and grabbed 6 rebounds Saturday. And while frosh post D'Shawna Lee grabbed 10 rebounds in Fort Scott's 48-40 win over Southwestern. Friday night she was 0-for-5 from the field and has only 2 points. Saturday, she had her first collegiate double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, scoring 12 in the second half.
"In (Friday's) game those three didn't have good games, they didn't score very much," Fort Scott head coach Katie Reihmann said. "I sat them down after the game and said, 'Tomorrow's going to be your day. I just have a feeling.' And it was their day. They had outstanding games. They were ready to go. And they were smart. Erika had four fouls most of the second half and she literally did exactly what I told her to do."
Lee had two first-half fouls and starting center Burgandie Lewis had three, so Reihmann was forced to use Erika McKenzie in the post -- and she had three fouls most of the first half and played with four most of the second.
"Even having Erika playing post for the last part of the half was very helpful for us," Reihmann said. "Anyone can play any position, so that's a very good thing for our team."
Freshman Malori Gales led Fort Scott Friday night with 19 points but was struggling on Saturday. The Red Dragons held her to 3-of-19 shooting from the field and 9 points although she did pick up 9 rebounds. McKenzie was held to 0-of-8 from the field, mostly due to her foul trouble.
And though Fort Scott had only five players for the last 9:17 of the contest, Reihmann didn't see that playing it safe would preserve a victory.
"They were attacking us, so we had to attack them back," Reihmann said. "I don't ever want our team to back down. When someone's attacking us and we're getting into foul trouble, we just need to keep attacking. We can't back off or it would have turned a different direction."
Wentworth (0-2) led four times in the first half, the first at 7-4 after scoring 6 straight points.
Fisher hit a 3-point shot followed by another from Gales and Ivy took a steal in for a layup with put the 'Hounds up 12-7 with 11:14 left in the half.
Wentworth led 22-21 with 3:08 left in the half, mostly by making some free throws. Rachael Eldridge put the 'Hounds in front with a jumper with 1:54 to go. Wentworth tied it one last time on a free throw with1:49 left.
Ivy hit a triple from the right wing with 1:21 left to put Fort Scott in front. Gales made a pair of free throws with 54 seconds left to make it 28-23, which was the halftime margin.
The Greyhounds never trailed again but Wentworth kept things close. The Dragons got within 31-30 with 15 minutes left on a transition jumper by Carmen DePano.
Back-to-back baskets from Lee boosted Fort Scott's lead to 42-35 with 11:26 remaining. Eldridge fouled out just a few seconds later and Lewis fouled out during a 5-2 run that brought Wentworth within 44-40 with 8:35 left.
The Dragons got within one again, 49-48, on another DePano jumper with 6:45 to go. Ivy hustled and followed up a teammate's missed 3-pointer to put it back for a layup with 5:25 left. Ivy also made a medium-range jumper to make it 53-49 with 3:53 to go.
Chantal Thomas brought Wentworth within 2 with a layup with 3:17 to go. Gales drove for a layup that extended Fort Scott's lead to 55-51 with 2:32 left.
DePano took a steal in for a layup with 1:17 to go to bring the Dragons within 2 again. They missed a chance to tie with 40 seconds left as Jerea Brice's shot started to go through the hoop but spun back out. Lee was there for the rebound and also made the game-clinching shot with 17 seconds to go.
Wentworth had a better shooting percentage that Fort Scott in the game, but the Greyhounds made more baskets as they took almost 30 more shots. For the game, the 'Hounds shot 32 percent, making 23 of 72 field-goal attempts and made 5 of 22 3-point shots. But they had some trouble again at the free-throw line, making just 6 of 15 shots. Fort Scott was just 17 of 36 from the charity stripe in the tournament.
Wentworth shot 40 percent from the field on 17 of 43 but was just 1 of 7 from 3-point range after missing all 9 shots from behind the arc in their 80-35 loss to Johnson County Friday night. The Red Dragons made 18 of 31 free throws.
Wentworth outrebounded Fort Scott, 46-43. Thomas had 12 boards for the Dragons while Brice had 11. Wentworth also committed 21 turnovers to just 12 for Fort Scott. McKenzie and Lee had 3 steals each for the 'Hounds, who had 13 in all.
The Greyhounds will face the Ottawa University junior varsity Wednesday at 5:30 at Arnold Arena. This will be the first half of a doubleheader that will feature the Greyhound men in their first home appearance of the season after opening with two losses at the Barton Classic over the weekend.
Johnson County 92, Southwestern 14.
Five Cavaliers scored in double figures as Timeka O'Neal led with 17 points and Juanita Robinson had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cavaliers led 17-0 and 32-3 in the first half. It was 42-6 at halftime. Johnson County also scored the first 17 points of the second half.
It was 73-8 with 8:49 to go.
Sam Short and Sameia Kendall added 14 points each for Johnson (2-0) while Kathleen Brisbane added 10. The Cavs shot 48 percent from the field, making 32 of 67 field-goal attempts, including 7 of 19 3-pointers.
Southwestern shot 16 percent from the floor on 6 f 37, made 1 of 12 triples and 1 of 4 free throws. Taylor Zimmerman was the Spartans' leading scorer with 5 points.
Johnson County outrebounded Southwestern, 49-25, and committed only 11 turnovers to 34 for the Spartans.
And thanks to a quirk in scheduling, Johnson County gets to play the same two teams -- in the same order -- at the Kansas City Kansas Classic this coming weekend.
JOHNSON COUNTY: Boden 0-1 1-2 1, Gee 1-5 4-4 7, McDowell 2-5 2-2 8, Hutt 3-5 0-0 6, O'Neal 7-14 0-0 17, S.Douvier 1-4 0-0 2, knox 0-4 0-0 0, Robinson 6-8 0-1 13, Short 4-6 6-6 14, Brisbane 4-7 2-2 10, Kendall 4-7 6-9 14, J.Douvier 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 32-67 21-27 92.
SOUTHWESTERN (Iowa): Raney 0-2 0-0 0, Folkerts 0-2 0-0 0, Zimmerman 2-8 0-0 5, Knorr 1-6 0-0 2, Stumpf 0-4 1-2 1, Clark 0-6 0-0 0, Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Polson 2-4 0-2 4, Miner 0-4 0-0 0. TOTALS: 6-37 1-4 14.
Halftime: Johnson County, 42-6.
Three-point field goals: Johnson County 7-19 (O'Neal 3-6, McDowell 2-5, gee 1-3, Robinson 1-3, Boden 0-1, Knox 0-1), Southwestern 1-12 (Zimmerman 1-4, Folkerts 0-1, Miner 0-1, Knorr 0-3, Stumpf 0-1).
Total fouls: Johnson County 8, Southwestern 20. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
Rebounds: Johnson County 49 (Robinson 13), Southwestern 35 (Miner 5). Assists: Johnson County 8 (Knox 3), Southwestern 2 (Stumpf, Miner). Turnovers: Johnson County 11, Southwestern 34. Steals: Johnson County 17 (Knox 6), Southwestern 4 (four with 1 each). Blocked shots: Johnson County 2 (Hutt, Short), Southwestern 1 (Zimmerman).
WENTWORTH MILITARY: McLEggan 2-2 0-0 4, Franklin 1-7 7-10 10, Thomas 6-15 3-4 15, Brice 1-5 1-2 3, Cole 3-7 6-11 12, DePano 4-7 1-4 9, Brown 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17-43 18-31 53.
FORT SCOTT: Fisher 4-7 0-2 11, Ivy 6-13 0-1 13, Gales 3-19 2-2 9, Eldridge 1-3 2-2 4, McKenzie 0-8 1-6 1, Lee 8-18 1-2 17, Lewis 1-4 0-0 2. TOTALS: 23-72 6-15 57.
Halftime: Fort Scott, 28-23.
Three-point field goals: Wentworth Military 1-7 (Franklin 1-4, Thomas 0-1, Brice 0-1, Cole 0-1), Fort Scott 5-22 (Fisher 3-5, Ivy 1-6, Gales 1-9, McKenzie 0-2).
Total fouls: Wentworth Military 18, Fort Scott 21. Fouled out: Eldridge, Lewis. Technical fouls: None.
Rebounds: Wentworth Military 46 (Thomas 12, Brice 11), Fort Scott 43 (Lee 12). Assists: Wentworth Military 6 (DePano 3), Fort Scott 5 (Fisher 2). Turnovers: Wentworth Military 21, Fort Scott 12. Steals: Wentworth Military 4 (Franklin 2, DePano 2, Fort Scott 13 (Ivy 4). Blocked shots: Wentworth Military none, Fort Scott 2 (McKenzie, Lee).