ALTAMONT — Fresh off a heart-pounding overtime win over Chanute on Friday to force a tie atop the SEK League standings, the Labette County Grizzlies routed the Fort Scott Tigers 60-31 on Tuesday at home.
The Grizzlies raced ahead of the Tigers early, taking a 23-2 lead through the first quarter and cruising the rest of the way.
“We’re trying to replicate the intensity we had against Chanute every day,” Labette County head coach Kristi Snider said. “We came out with that intensity in the first quarter but then got a little flat. We saw some good things tonight, but we have to continue to get better.”
Madison Brannin led the Grizzlies with 18 points, with 12 coming off four 3-pointers. The sophomore forward connected on three triples in the first quarter alone.
“She really hit the offensive glass hard too,” Snider said. “She had some big boards for us. I thought we really attacked the glass as a whole well. We got some second-chance opportunities that we’re really looking for.”
With the sizable advantage, Snider took advantage of the opportunity to dive deep into the bench to get girls playing time and rest legs for the backstretch of the regular season.
“That’s a big thing for us,” Snider said. “I’ll beat a dead horse with that. We’ve had an odd schedule playing back-to-back Fridays, having Tuesday off then playing this next Tuesday. So they need some days off and we need to get some girls some playing time.”
Harmony Shaw led Fort Scott with 10 points. The Tigers’ record fell to 3-12 overall and 2-5 in league action with the loss.
As for Labette County, its record improved to 12-4 overall and 7-1 in league play. The Grizzlies, who are still tied for first in the SEK League, get Friday off before heading to Pittsburg on Tuesday.
“We’re in control of our own destiny,” Snider said. “We know that. I’d rather be in control of it than chasing (a league title). There’s nobody else to do it or to blame but ourselves. So we’ll just take it one game at a time. Anybody can knock anybody off, so it’s all mental.”
Labette County 60, Fort Scott 31
Labette County: 23 10 10 17 — 60
Fort Scott: 2 12 12 5 — 31
Labette County: Karsyn Stewart 7, Mackayla Forbes 3, Abby Ryan 3, Anna Dean 8, Sydnie Stice 5, Madison Brannin 18, Shelby Meier 3, Madison Hayward 3
Fort Scott: Kyra Pryor 4, Ella Beth 4, Mya Stewart 9, Addy Williams 2, Harmony Shaw 10, Kinzye Whitehead 2