The Chanute Blue Comets girls’ basketball team hosted the Fort Scott Tigers on Tuesday. Chanute took the 58-45 win behind 23 points from Kori Babcock. Fort Scott was lead by Ella Beth’s 14 points.
“[Babcock] saw an opportunity to get to the paint tonight and when she got in there it wasn’t so much trying to be unselfish or trying to get her points, it was trying to make the read. If the help came over she dished it, if the help didn’t come over, she went and finished,” Chanute’s head coach Dustin Fox said, “That’s what makes Kori great, the defense is always wrong. That’s what great offensive players do, they make the defense always wrong. She’s able to find people and our bigs did a good job of eventually making some of those shots inside and she’s tough to guard.”
Both teams started off slow offensively, but were on top of it defensively. Going back and forth, making each other miss and then taking the ball back to their end. The Tigers lead 12-10 after the 1st quarter.
“We had some really good stretches there on the defensive end, we got some stops, we got some steals, and got out in transition and then we had some lulls that let them back into the game. I was proud of the way they finished it out and I think there’s a lot to learn from this game,” Fox said.
In the second quarter, Chanute came out to play and earned a sizable advantage. They outscored the Tigers 18-7, to hold the 28-19 lead at halftime. The Comets didn’t let the Tigers score until there was 1:15 left in the period and the best part was no one player really forced that big run, they collectively played great defense and six different players contributed offensively.
Unfortunately, the second quarter saw injuries for both squads. Fort Scott’s Carsen Wunderly went down with a game-ending ankle injury early in the quarter. Then with 2:35 left in the quarter, Chanute’s Brinly Bancroft went for a loose ball and made a head-to-head collision with a Fort Scott player. She had a hard time standing up and would not enter the game.
“[Bancroft’s] cheek is pretty swollen and pretty big. She actually passed all of the concussion protocol stuff, but after seeing her initially dazed like that, I just didn’t want to take any chances on that, we’ll play it safe and get her reevaluated, and we’ll see from there,” Fox said.
The Second half was played fairly evenly, with the Blue Comets outsourcing their opponents 30-26 in the half. Kearney Fullner made a splash, playing in the absence of Bancroft, and contributed a few buckets, for her fist career varsity points.
“I thought our bench gave us great minutes tonight, I was really proud of Kearney Fullner, she came in with Brinly out, scored 8 points for us, her first ever varsity points, and did a great job defensively. As a freshman, to come into that situation and play like that, it’s really encouraging,” Fox said.