Grizzlies win second straight game over Fort Scott

ALTAMONT — One game removed from their first home and SEK League win since 2018, the Labette County Grizzlies won their second straight game on Tuesday night over Fort Scott, 50-37.

The win pushed the Grizzlies’ record to 5-11 overall and 2-6 in league play, while the Tigers dropped to 6-9 and 3-4 respectively.

Labette County’s defense held the Tigers to single digits in the first three quarters, allowing them to build a 29-21 lead with eight minutes remaining.

Nathan Smith led the Grizzlies with 15 points while Eli Hestand added 12.

“Great night for our kids defensively,” Labette County first-year head coach Bradley Argabright said. “We got stops when we needed them and really played hard. Nathan was great on both ends of the floor and was a great leader for us.” 

Labette County resumes action next Tuesday on the road at Pittsburg.

“We have a tough challenge against a very good team,” Argabright said. “Our kids are ready for a big challenge and to see where we are at now.” 


Labette County 50, Fort Scott 37

Labette County: 4 15 10 21 — 50

Fort Scott:              9 6 6 16 — 37


Labette County: Luke Falkenstein 9, Eli Hestand 12, Austin Jones 5, Ethan Jameson 9, Nathan Smith 15

Fort Scott: Trey Brown 2, Keenan Guilfoyle 9, Drew Rhoades 9, Gavin Pytlowany 6, CJ Horton 8, Jacob DeLaTorre 3



Cherryvale girls struggle on boards, still stay perfect in league with win over Caney Valley

CANEY — Despite a rough night on the boards, the Cherryvale Chargers girls stayed hot in the win column on Tuesday with a 51-45 win over the Caney Valley Bullpups.

A big third quarter where the Chargers outscored the Bullpups 19-6 proved enough to push Cherryvale to 13-3 overall and 4-0 in Tri-Valley League play. The Chargers have now won six games in a row and 10 of their last 11.

“Overall a tough night,” Cherryvale head coach Kelsey Overacker said, “but a win is a win, especially this late in the season. I think we showed spurts of good basketball but we gave up a lot of second-chance opportunities. That’s something we focus on limiting every night.” 

Freshman Kelsi Lantz led Cherryvale in scoring with 13 points, while Lexi Umbarger and Katie Plumley added 11.

“We had some good defensive efforts from Lexi tonight and she helped create a lot of opportunities,” Overacker said. “Katie battled inside and gave us a couple of and-one situations that helped push some momentum. Kelsi got a couple big threes to fall in the second half.”

Cherryvale gets Friday off before facing Fredonia at home on Tuesday.


IN THE BOYS GAME…Caney Valley overpowered Cherryvale 71-45. The loss dropped Cherryvale’s record to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in Tri-Valley League play.

“I give Caney a ton of credit,” Cherryvale head coach Aaron Rehmert said. “They’re a very good team and they really poured it on us in the third quarter. We couldn’t seem to stop the bleeding and one mistake seemingly turned into 10. We weren’t resilient enough tonight and we have to be tougher.”

Gavin Hooper and Landon Bennett led the Chargers with 12 points while Zaine Lantz chipped in 10 points.

Cherryvale gets a chance to rest on Friday before hosting Fredonia.



Cherryvale 51, Caney Valley 45

Cherryvale:   11 8 19 13 — 51

Caney Valley: 9 11 6 19 — 45


Cherryvale: Lexi Umbarger 11, Belle McGhee 3, Kelsi Lantz 13, Morrigan Catlin 2, Katie Plumley 11, Mariah Monroy 4, Harley Allen 2, H. Hann 2, Jenny Bunyard 3

Caney Valley: S. Richardson 9, M. Cummings 4, H. Mayfield 1, H. Moore 2, K. Kaminska 16, D. D’Shultz 4, J. Webster 9



Caney Valley 71, Cherryvale 45

Cherryvale:        14 9 7 15 — 45

Caney Valley: 14 17 22 18 — 71


Cherryvale: Landon Bennett 12, Devin Sawyer 4, Zaine Lantz 10, Jacobi Barnett 2, Gavin Hooper 12, Briggs Adkison 5

Caney Valley: Melchiori 19, Billingsly 2, Davis 11, Scott 6, Richey 15, Kaminska 17



St. Paul boys, girls stay perfect in Three Rivers League with wins over Jayhawk-Linn

ST. PAUL — Adam Albertini led the St. Paul Indians with 18 points in a 46-35 Three Rivers League victory over the Jayhawk-Linn Jayhawks on Tuesday night.

The win improved St. Paul’s record to 11-6 overall and 8-0 in league play.

In addition to Albertini’s 18 points, Kaleb Lemmons added 16 points.

St. Paul resumes its season on Friday at Altoona-Midway.


IN THE GIRLS GAME…St. Paul routed Jayhawk-Linn 63-30.

With the win, the Indians remain undefeated in league play at 8-0 while St. Paul’s overall record jumped to 13-4.

Taylor Wiatrak led St. Paul with 11 points while Emily Hutcherson added 10. St. Paul’s season continues on Friday at Altoona-Midway.



St. Paul 46, Jayhawk Linn 35

St. Paul:       11 6 15 14 — 46

Jayhawk-Linn: 8 8 7 12 — 35


St. Paul: Chase Bradshaw 2, Kaleb Lemmons 16, Hayden Smith 2, Adam Albertini 18, Easton Dent 4, Chandler Bradshaw 4

Jayhawk-Linn: Leisure 2, Ware 16, Kellstadt 3, Nickelson 4, Schibi 10



St. Paul 63, Jayhawk-Linn 30

St. Paul:    22 19 15 7 — 63

Jayhawk-Linn: 5 9 8 8 — 30


St. Paul: Taylor Wiatrak 11, Emily Hutcherson 10, Elise Doherty 8, Sophia Albertini 9, Harris 9, Claire Bradshaw 6, Emerald Struthers 8, Katie Coomes 2

Jayhawk-Linn: Carpenter 2, Schneider 1, E. Nation 2, Lehman 5, Umphenour 8, Dawson 7, Brownback 4, A. Nation 1



Coffeyville downs Parsons girls for second time

The Parsons girls fell to Coffeyville for the second time this season on Tuesday by a score of 63-43.

The Vikings trailed by just a point, 22-21, at halftime. But the Golden Tornado outscored Parsons 23-6 to pull away.

“We played extremely hard the first half,” Parsons head coach Pat Schibi said. “We’ve got to give it our all just to be in the game. The defense was there the first half. But in the third quarter, we had a lapse and we weren’t guarding as well. The game got away from us.” 

Nakia Dodd led Parsons in scoring with 17 points.

“She’s been staying after practice and shooting,” Schibi said. “Basketball is her sport. She’s going to work hard in the offseason. She’s been playing well offensively.” 

Jadyn Heck added 11 points for Parsons, while Coffeyville was paced by Kylie Speer’s 21 points. Jalisea Seanior added 17 points and Adyson Peck chipped in 12 for Coffeyville.

Coffeyville improved its record to 5-11 overall and 3-5 in SEK League play while Parsons dropped to 0-15 and 0-8 respectively.

Parsons hosts Independence on Friday.

“We don’t want the girls to give up,” Schibi said. “We want to fight every single game. Hopefully playing Independence at home, it can be a close game.”


Coffeyville 63, Parsons 43

Coffeyville: 13 9 23 18 — 63

Parsons:     10 11 6 16 — 43


Parsons: Briona Patterson 8, Sanya Anderson 4, Kinsey Baldwin 1, Ariana Hinman 2, Jadyn Heck 11, Nakia Dodd 17

Coffeyville: Jalisea Seanior 17, Kylie Speer 21, Breanna Flanders 6, Chanute Porter 4, Shonase Collins 3, Adyson Peck 12 



Erie sweeps Baxter Springs in Lancer Classic rematches

The Erie Red Devils girls won a back-and-forth battle against the Baxter Springs Lions 52-51 on Monday night.

Skylar Clevenger stuffed the stat sheet for Erie, scoring a game-high 23 points — she connected on 15-of-19 free throws — while adding seven rebounds and three steals.

Molly LaForge also reached double digits for the Red Devils, scoring 15 points. As a team, Erie hit 21-of-28 foul shots.

“We did a nice job of controlling the offense tonight. We didn’t seem to get rattled any,” Erie head coach Sindy Daniels said. “We slowed it down when we needed to and we pushed when the time seemed right. I thought both Molly and Skylar did a nice job of attacking the basket tonight. Another positive tonight was our free throws.”

Erie improved to 3-1 in Tri-Valley League play and 10-6 overall with the victory.


IN THE BOYS GAME…Erie overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Baxter Springs 65-60.

Eric Dillinger led the Red Devils with 15 points, while Matthew Vail and Mark Bogner added 14 points.

Erie trailed the Lions 33-24 at halftime but outscored Baxter Springs 22-9 in the third quarter.

The win for the Red Devils also provided a rematch of the Lancer Classic championship, which Erie won a buzzer-beater.

“It was another good battle against against a solid opponent in Baxter,” Erie head coach Nick Pfeifer said. “After a hot start on the offensive end they really bothered us defensively and made it difficult in the second quarter.  Fortunately we were able to up the tempo a little in the second half and create some scoring opportunities while doing a nice job limiting them to one shot possessions on the defensive end.”

Erie’s record improved to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in Tri-Valley League play with the win.



Erie 52, Baxter Springs 51

Erie:                  10 7 15 20 — 52

Baxter Springs: 9 10 10 22 — 51


Erie: Skylar Clevenger 23, Molly LaForge 15, Abigail VanLeeuwen 5, Maddie Kramer 5, Ryleigh Brant 2, Sarah Stark 2

Baxter Springs: B. Rice 18, D. Barnes 14, A. Fry 13, Krokroskia 6



Erie 65, Baxter Springs 60

Erie:                  15 9 22 19 — 65

Baxter Springs: 15 18 9 18 — 60


Erie: Matthew Vail 14, Caype Johnston 7, Eric Dillinger 15, Dawson Lehman 5, Mark Bogner 14, Garrett Ruark 9, Tanner Smith 1

Baxter Springs: Williams 17, Morris 22, Appleton 12, Felix 9

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