Argabright notches first win as Labette County coach
GIRARD — Bradley Argabright finally notched his first-ever victory as head coach of the Labette County Grizzlies as they beat defending 3A state champion Girard 46-40 on the road on Tuesday night.
“It’s just joy,” Argabright said. “It’s a happy feeling of getting back on the right side of the win-loss column. The kids have had their ups and downs, so it felt great as a team. Me personally, it meant a lot for the community and how much they’ve supported me.”
Girard controlled the game early, taking a 12-2 lead through the first quarter and a 22-15 lead into halftime.
But a burst out of the break fueled by two 3-pointers from Eli Hestand in the third period gave the Grizzlies a much-needed surge.
“I really lit into them at halftime and challenged them to play with a lot of effort and intensity,” Argabright said. “They came out and answered the bell. We got ourselves back in the game pretty quickly in the third quarter. But I was really proud of our defensive effort. That’s a testament to their effort.”
Ethan Jameson led Labette County with 14 points on the night.
“We had a mismatch with him all night long,” Argabright said. “We keyed in on that and hit some isolation shots. He had a huge defensive night in the second half too.”
Hestand added 11 points for the Grizzlies.
“They went to a zone in the third quarter and he got hot pretty quick,” Argabright said. “When he’s hitting shots, he gets confident on both ends of the floor. If he has space, we expect him to shoot it.”
The win improved Labette County’s record to 1-6 on the season. The Grizzlies return home for the first time since their season opener on Friday as they host powerhouse Pittsburg.
“We just have to keep building on defense,” Argabright said. “If we bring our defensive effort, that’ll keep us in ballgames. We’ll try to scheme up Pittsburg as best we can.”
IN THE GIRLS GAME…Labette County got the sour taste of a Chanute loss out of its mouth as it came back from winter break with a 60-35 thumping of Girard.
Madison Brannin led the Grizzlies with 18 points while Abby Ryan added 12.
“It was really nice to get back at it tonight,” Labette County head coach Kristi Snider said. “We played super hard and really moved the basketball well. It was a total team effort with balanced scoring. We played solid defense against a really solid Girard team.”
The win moved Labette County’s record back over .500 to 4-3 on the season. The Grizzlies return to Altamont on Friday as they host Pittsburg.
Labette County 60, Girard 35
Labette County: 18 16 12 14 — 60
Girard: 11 9 8 7 — 35
Labette County: Karsyn Stewart 3, Lauren Forbes 2, Abby Ryan 12, Anna Dean 8, Sydnie Stice 8, Madison Brannin 18, Shelby Meier 2, Elsie Sorrell 7
Girard: MaKaila Ausemus 4, Brooklyn Tallie 10, Bailey Troike 1, Kinley Smith 5, Faith Poland 6, Lyllian Howard 5, Olivia Cullen 2, MacKenzie Droessler 2
Labette County 46, Girard 40
Labette County: 2 13 16 15 — 46
Girard: 12 10 7 11 — 40
Labette County: Luke Falkenstein 5, Eli Bestand 11, Austin Jones 6, Trent Brock 1, Ethan Jameson 14, Nathan Smith 9
Girad: Foley 4, B. Born 10, Davis 2, Thomas 7, R. Born 11, Troike 4, Wideman 2
St. Paul boys survive OT over Uniontown
UNIONTOWN — The St. Paul boys survived an overtime thriller to remain undefeated in Three Rivers League play on Monday, beating Uniontown 50-45.
Tied at 43-43 at the end of regulation, St. Paul outscored Uniontown 7-2 in the final period to put a notch in the win column.
Easton Dent led St. Paul with 15 points, while Kaleb Lemmons and Adam Albertini added 10 apiece.
The Indians are now 4-3 overall and 4-0 in league action.
IN THE GIRLS GAME…St. Paul routed Uniontown 54-34 to improve to 5-2 overall on the year and 4-0 in league action.
Four girls for St. Paul reached double figures as Katie Coomes paced the Indians with 12 points. Emily Hutcherson added 11, while Josey Harris and Chloe Seme had 10 apiece.
St. Paul travels to Pleasanton on Friday.
St. Paul 54, Uniontown 34
St. Paul: 16 11 14 13 — 54
Uniontown: 6 8 8 12 — 34
St. Paul: Taylor Wiatrak 3, Emily Hutcherson 11, Sophia Albertini 6, Josey Harris 10, Chloe Seme 10, Emerald Struthers 2, Katie Coomes 12
Uniontown: Howard 17, Schoenberger 12, S. Hampton 3, Shinn 2
St. Paul 50, Uniontown 45 (OT)
St. Paul: 9 11 10 13 7 — 50
Uniontown: 10 10 6 17 2 — 45
St. Paul: Chase Bradshaw 4, Kaleb Lemmons 10, Hayden Smith 6, Adam Albertini 10, Easton Dent 15, Chandler Bradshaw 5
Uniontown: D. Perry 4, George 2, L. Perry 10, Harvey 19, Goodridge 2, Muller 2, Sutterby 6