ALTAMONT — The Chanute Comets put up 26 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but the Labette County girls weren’t about to go down for the count in overtime. 

Labette County started strong, outscoring Chanute 13-4 in the first quarter and leading 22-14 at halftime. After a 13-9 third quarter in favor of the Grizzlies, the Comets tied the game by the end of regulation. The Grizzlies, though, scored 14 points in OT while holding Chanute to six to put the game away and take a 63-55 Southeast Kansas League victory. 

The loss was Chanute’s first in the SEK and was payback for the Grizzlies as they had suffered their only SEK loss to the Comets earlier in the season. 

“We’re thrilled to have survived a prize fight and a battle. We’re not excited about the way we handled the fourth quarter but couldn’t be more proud of how we were resilient in the OT,” Labette coach Kristi Snider said. 

Snider said Madison “Madi” Brannin knocked down some free throws in the clutch, and Sydnie Stice hit some huge buckets in the extra period. 

“Also, we took care of the basketball really well as a team when it mattered. Chanute can score a flurry of points and they did, but these girls put their minds to getting a win tonight on Tamasha and it was a dogfight, but we got it done. Can’t say enough about their heart and desire,” Snider said. 

Tamasha is Labette County’s basketball homecoming celebration. 

Stice led the team in scoring with 16 points, and Brannin added 13. Abby Ryan hit two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Elsie Sorrell also had 12 points. 

Chanute made 11 3-pointers in the game, with Kori Babcock scoring on four of them and tallying 26 points. 

Labette County moved to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in league play. The Grizzlies will play Fort Scott on Tuesday. 

Chanute fell to 10-4 and 5-1 and will play at Pittsburg on Tuesday. 

 

FOR THE BOYS, Labette County defeated Chanute 42-32. Labette County ran out to an early lead and outscored Chanute in the second half to get the win. 

Eli Hestand scored 19 points for the Grizzlies, including hitting two 3-pointers. Nathan Smith scored 12 and Ethan Jameson added nine. 

“One of the biggest nights for our program this season,” Labette County boys coach Bradley Argabright said. 

“I can’t say enough about our kids and how hard they have worked for this moment. I’m extremely happy for our seniors tonight. They have worked hard all season for this and they deserve it. This is our first win in the league in two seasons and also our first home win in two seasons. We played really well on the defensive end tonight and that energized us on offense. Eli Hestand stepped up scoring tonight and made some big time shots and free throws down the stretch. A big thank you to all of our fans, students and administration for their support tonight,” Argabright said. 

Labette County will host Fort Scott on Tuesday. 

 

BOYS 

Labette County 42, Chanute 32 

CH: 3 4 10 15 — 32 

LC: 6 7 16 13 — 42 

CHANUTE: Williams 3 0-0 6, Almond 2 1-2 5, Bowman 4 1-2 10, Coombs 2 2-2 6, Koester 2 1-2 5. Totals: 13 5-8 32. 

LABETTE COUNTY: Eli Hestand 6 5-6 19, Ethan Jameson 3 4-4 9, Nathan Smith 6 0-4 12. Totals: 15 9-14 42. 

Three-pointers: Chanute 1 (Bowman); Labette County 3 (Hestand 2, Jameson). 

 

GIRLS 

Labette County 63, Chanute 55 (OT)

CH: 4 10 9 26 6 — 55 

LA: 13 9 13 14 14 — 63 

SCORING 

CHANUTE: Jacey Lewis 2 2-3 8, Brianna Waggoner 3 0-0 9, Kori Babcock 9 4-4 26, Mattilyn Cranor 1 0-0 2, Tyra Bogle 2 0-0 6, Makayla Schoenhofer 2 0-6 4. Totals 19 6-13 58. 

LABETTE COUNTY: Karsyn Stewart 0 1-2 1, Lauren Forbes 2 0-0 4, Mackayla Forbes 0 1-2 1, Abby Ryan 5 0-0 12, Anna Dean 1 2-7 4, Sydnie Stice 7 2-4 16, Madison Brannin 2 8-8 13, Elsie Sorrell 4 4-6 12. Totals 21 18-29 63. 

Three-pointers: Labette County 3 (Ryan 2, Brannin); Chanute 11 (Babcock 4, Waggoner 3, Lewis 2, Bogle 2). 

Fouled out: None. 

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