ALTAMONT — The Labette County Grizzlies downed the Chanute Blue Comets 60-57 to take total control of the SEK League standings while surviving a barrage of 3-pointers from the Blue Comets.
"We were very resilient," Labette County head coach Kristi Snider said. "Chanute was hot in the beginning. But we came back and figured out what we needed to work on."
Chanute buried 11 threes on the night, including six in the first quarter, in a drag-it-out brawl of a game.
"That was two of the best teams in the SEK slugging it out," Chanute head coach Dustin Fox said. "Other than the result for us, it was a lot of fun. I was proud of the way our girls competed. We made big plays in timely moments. To their credit, Labette County did the same thing."
With Labette County holding a size and athletic advantage in the post, Fox knew Chanute needed to rely on outside shooting.
"It's something you want," Fox said. "That's how we play. We'll space teams out. A lot of teams are packing in on Kori (Babcock), so we have the shooters that will make teams pay. Our kids stepped up and made big shots. But we needed more stops on the other end."
The Grizzlies got 45 of its 60 points from its bigs. Madison Brannin led Labette County with 16 points, while Elsie Sorrell and Anna Dean added 15 and 14 respectively.
Dean finished the night with a double-double as she pulled down 13 rebounds.
"We controlled the boards and figured out we wanted to go inside," Snider said. "We weren't as smooth offensively as we were Tuesday night, but we came out of halftime looking to go inside."
Peyton Shields led the Blue Comets with 18 points.
"I saw a freshman who started to realize how good she was," Fox said. "She had opportunities with the way they were guarding us to drive in and had some finishes. She hit some threes. She's going to keep getting more confident."
Kori Babcock added 14 points while Brianna Waggoner chipped in 12 for the Blue Comets.
"I knew they'd have to cool down sooner or later," Snider said. "We knew we'd have to weather some storms tonight. Our bigs were huge for us tonight."
Labette County is in the midst of a three-game week that started with a drubbing of Independence, which was previously undefeated in league play.
"We play numbers of kids and that helps," Snider said. "We're starting to get into a flow and play with some consistency. The girls understand that we're fortunate to play and these girls get along well. They're really starting to mature."
Chanute dropped to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the SEK League with the defeat. The Blue Comets get an opportunity to rebound on Friday night with a trip to Fort Scott, a team that has just two wins on the year.
"For us, this loss going to linger as fuel," Fox said. "We didn't play a perfect game by any means yet we were right there. We know if we keep working, we'll have a chance to go to state. That's what you play for."
The Grizzlies are now in complete control of the SEK League, sitting at 5-0 in the league and 10-2 overall. Labette County is the only team without a league loss and faces rival Parsons on the road Friday night.
"We just have to take it one game at a time," Snider said. "We never look to a game ahead of the one in front of us. We have to get after them and play our ball."
Labette County 60, Chanute 57
Labette Co.: 20 11 13 16 — 60
Chanute: 22 8 17 10 — 57
Labette County: Karsyn Stewart 5, Lauren Forbes 8, Jasmine Perez 2, Anna Dean 14, Madison Brannin 16, Elsie Sorrell 15
Chanute: Jacelyn Catron 6, Peyton Shields 18, Brianna Waggoner 12, Kori Babcock 14, Mattilyn Cranor 3, Tyra Bogle 6