Nevada girls win border battle at Fort Scott
By Scott Nuzum
FORT SCOTT, Kan. -- Nevada's girls remained undefeated on the season, winning their second road game in as many nights in defeating winless Fort Scott, 51-30, Friday night.
Nevada started slowly, leading 10-7 after one period, then scored the last six points of the first half to extend the margin to 26-13.
Nevada (4-0) got into foul trouble during the second quarter and switched to a 2-3 zone in the second half to avoid getting deeper into trouble. Although Fort Scott (0-4) did get within 35-28 on Kori Page Rienbolt's basket with just under six minutes left in the contest, the zone accomplished its purpose and, ironically, it was the home team that found itself in foul trouble at the end as two starters fouled out.
Lindsay Rice, Nevada's 5-11 junior center, scored back-to-back baskets to make it 39-28 with 4:30 remaining. Nevada never had another field goal but didn't need one as it hit 12 of 17 free throws after that while holding Fort Scott to just one field goal. Fort Scott had a 4 1/2 minute scoring drought after Rienbolt's basket.
"We dropped back into our 2-3 zone defense and matched up extremely well," Nevada head coach Brent Bartlett said. "What I liked best about it was that we knew where the shooters were and we limited Fort Scott to one shot and then we got the rebound."
Amanda Wilson led Nevada with 14 points followed by Rice with 13 and Kristen Badgley with 12. Jayci McKenney led Fort Scott with nine points.
Nevada shot 42 percent from the field, making 13 of 31 field-goal attempts, including four of 11 from three-point range. It was also 21 of 36 at the free-throw line even after going only one of seven from the charity stripe in the first quarter.
"We feel that if we have a lead in the fourth quarter, we're going to extend that because we're a good free-throw shooting team," Bartlett said. "You didn't see that in the first three quarters but you saw it at the end of the game."
Fort Scott shot 31 percent from the floor on 11 of 36, going just two for 11 in the fourth and one of three from the three-point arc. FSHS was also seven of 15 at the free-throw line.
Nevada outrebounded Fort Scott, 31-25. Rice had seven for NHS while Lauren Allen led Fort Scott with five boards.
Fort Scott committed 21 turnovers to Nevada's 15.
Nevada plays again Tuesday when they visit Joplin. Fort Scott is idle until Friday when it travels to Pittsburg for a non-league game between Southeast Kansas League foes.
Nevada won the junior varsity game, 30-29, as Brooke Silvola made the game-winning free throw with 5.5 seconds to go. Taylor Means led Nevada with 13 points. Katelyn Simpson paced Fort Scott with 11.
Fort Scott took the freshman contest, 53-38, with Jolee Sharp scoring 24 points and hauling down 11 rebounds. Daven Smith led Nevada with 16 points while Heather Thomas had 14.