Even though Iola High’s Fillies lost, 35-30 to Chanute Friday, coach Becky Carlson said the team hasn’t played a better game this season.
“I think that was the best game that we’ve played. That’s the best team we’ve played. They’re a good team and I thought we had them. It was a great effort. The girls did everything they were supposed to do, they just couldn’t get that ball to fall in the last quarter. I thought Mikaela Platt had it.”
In the final minutes, Platt had an open look for a 3-pointer to tie the game 33-33. But, the ball decided to roll around the rim and halfway into the hoop before being spit back out into Chanute’s Kyndal Frederick’s hands with 5.1 seconds left.
Iola fouled her and she responded with a pair of free throws to seal the game.
For much of the second quarter, Iola had a firm grasp on the lead after trailing 9-8 after the first.
Emery Driskel gave Iola the 10-9 lead 10 seconds into the second by hitting a step-up jumper. Jo Lohman caught the ball on a deflection on Iola’s next possession and quickly hit an open shot. Emma Piazza then earned a trip to the free throw line and buried both free. The Fillies had a 14-9 lead with 4:15 left in the half.
Chanute followed Iola’s 6-0 run with a 3-0 run, before Platt scored in the paint to give the Fillies a 16-12 lead. The Blue Comets kept streaking. Chanute’s Anna Bagshaw gave her team the lead on two straight 3-pointers. Bagshaw hurt the Fillies for 15 points in the game. The Blue Comets took a 23-18 lead into the half.
In the third quarter, Iola found themselves down 28-18 with three minutes left before galloping back. Platt hit a midrange jumper to start the comeback. Addie Haar followed with a score underneath. Wade scored her only basket of the game by driving the baseline. Haar completed the 8-0 run — that lasted into the fourth quarter — with two free throws. The Fillies were down 28-26 with 7:25 left in the game.
Iola didn’t tie the game though. Each team traded baskets for much of the fourth quarter. Platt’s 3-point attempt was the best chance the Fillies had. Carlson said she thought it went in. She was standing behind a ref and reacted to the crowd’s reaction.
ONE OF THE more impressive stats of the night came from Iola. The Fillies made 11-11 free throws in the game. This comes just after making 10-10 3-pointers in the midseason tournament finale against Santa Fe Trail on Saturday.
Lexie Long, Piazza, Lohman, Haar and Platt were each 2-2 from the line. Driskel made her only attempt.
Iola (7-6) travel to Santa Fe Trail on Tuesday.
“We’re getting there,” Carlson said. “This is when we need to be playing our best and I think that we are.”
THE JV FILLIES won 37-23. Ashlie Shields led the team with eight points and Riley Murray added seven. Della Lohman followed with six. Olivia Bannister and McKaylie Cleaver each added four. Taylor Sell, Colbi Riley, Jadyn Sigg and Taelyn Sutterby all scored two.