Team puts in hard work to chase big goal

Fillies in high spirits in anticipation for the basketball season.

December 18, 2014

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Photo by Brynna Hollins

Mikaela Platt (center) keeps her eye on a Chanute guard during the Fillies' opening game at the Anderson County tournament Dec. 9.

Basketball season is in full swing, and the IHS Fillies are looking for determination and hard work to pay off as they build momentum.

The girls traveled to Anderson County for the Bulldogs’ early-season tournament last week and were 2-2 going into the first home game this week.
On Dec. 9, the Fillies faced longtime rival Chanute and ended up with a 31-46 loss. The second round of the Garnett tournament Dec. 11 also brought a loss, this time 33-56 against Louisburg. But they didn’t go down without a struggle.

“Everyone fought really hard,” senior Kyra Moore said of the battle with the Wildcats. “We did amazing the first half and kind of dropped the second. But we were still intense throughout the rest of the game.”

The next night, however, the Fillies came up with a 51-49 victory over Burlington.

The girls opened the new season at Girard Dec. 5, when all three teams (freshman, junior varsity and varsity) kept the competition close and came out on top. The freshman won 25-20 in two quarters of play, the JV beat the Trojans 35-24, and varsity won 40-35.

Emma Piazza zones in on a Chanute player.
Photo by Brynna Hollins
Emma Piazza zones in on a Chanute player.

Head coach Becky Carlson has high hopes for this season’s possibilities.

“We have quite a few girls going out,” she said, “and our program will build and build on that.”

One new addition to the team is freshman Karly McGuffin, who along with other ninth-graders began their high school basketball experience in November not quite knowing what to expect.

Take, for example, the challenge of “two-a-days,” a concept new for freshman but well known among veteran high school players. Getting up early to practice in the morning before school and then working hard for three hours in the evening, not many athletes have these practices high on their bucket lists.

“Honestly, I was thinking of maybe jumping out in front of a car more than once …” McGuffin joked about the extremely tiring nature of the first week of double practices. “… But they definitely got me in shape, and I’m glad.”

This year’s seniors say they can’t believe their final season on the court as Fillies is underway, but they are also excited for what’s to come.

Most of the team’s senior have been playing on varsity since their sophomore year. This experience has served the team well; after winning one game their whole sophomore season, these girls came back their junior year with a winning record and a Pioneer League championship.

In the words of Emma Piazza, “we’ve had a lot of loss, but we are stronger now because of it.”

Toni Macha turne to focus on the action under the basket after a shot.
Photo by Brynna Hollins
Toni Macha turne to focus on the action under the basket after a shot.

Strong is exactly what Carlson and the Fillies plan on being. The team has a goal of going to state. This strive for greatness often reflects back to the coach’s and athletes’ positive attitudes.

Carlson praises her team leaders: “They treat their underclassman well.They show them how to work hard and be nice to each other. This group of girls knows what it takes to win.”

The players speak just as high of her. “Anyone who plays for coach Carlson is lucky,” senior Emery Driskel said, “She has more faith in her players than they even have in themselves, and you can see that.”

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