If you didn’t keep up with the Fillies this past season, you missed some hard-working girls basketball.
The Fillies were defeated in the 4A-II substate championship game at Iola, cutting their chances of going to state.
Senior Addie Haar described the bittersweet feeling of her high school basketball career coming to an end. “I am salty about the way it ended, obviously,” she said, but she also took time to reflect on the positives of the season.
“It was a great season, and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it with any other team,” Haar said.
In preparation for substate, the girls knew what they had to do to excel.
Before the final game, head coach Becky Carlson spoke about how pleased she was with the team’s work ethic during practices.
“We have been really focused and putting good effort into the games,” she said.
Haar added: “We take practices seriously, because that’s the only way to get better.”
In the weeks preceding substate, there were multiple games that would propel the Fillies on toward that championship game March 7.
On Feb.10, Prairie View came to Iola to challenge the girls. Previously in the season, the Buffalo had beat the Fillies 49-52 in overtime — a loss that gave Prairie View a one-win advantage in Pioneer League standings. In order to remain in the running, the Fillies needed to claim the win in their second match-up. They came out victorious, 41-26.
Carlson said that was important, feeling good going into substate.”
The girls challenged Osawatomie on Feb. 17, beating the Trojans 51-19. “We didn’t shoot very well, but we played great,” Carlson said.
The girls experienced a handful of disappointment at the tail-end of regular season play. The team traveled to play the Wellsville Eagles on Feb 24. Despite great efforts toward the end of the game, they ended up losing 44-42. Two days later was IHS senior and parent night, when the Fillies fell short against Santa Fe Trail 36-30. This took away the team’s chances at a conference title.
The Fillies went on to play Anderson County in the first round of substate March 6. The close contest brought them a 36-33 win, and they advanced to challenge the Girard Trojans for the championship. Iola lost 50-44, ending their season and their chances to go to state.
Next year, the Fillies will be a drastically different team. “Losing six seniors is a big loss,” coach Carlson said, “their ability and their leadership both.”
Senior Emma Piazza is one of those leaders. “I’m not worried about the girls, they’ll be just fine without us seniors next year,” she said.
She went on to offer a bit of advice to her younger teammates: “Work hard! Put all of your effort into it all the time, because it’s worth it when you’re winning games.”
JV and Freshman Results
The junior varsity squad beat Prairie View 51-26 on Feb 10. Their next competition was against Anderson County where they kept it close, losing 21-20. The Fillies quickly redeemed themselves however, beating Osawatomie 32-4. The girls then went to Wellsville to take on the Eagles, and lost 28-21. The JV’s last game of the season was against Santa Fe Trail, to which they lost 45-33.
The younger girls ended their year with a record of 7-7. On the tail-end of the season they went 2-2. The freshman lost to Prairie View in two halves, 17-16. They then went on to Anderson County, losing 30-20. Their next match was against Osawatomie, where they won 39-11. They finished off their season against Wellsville, winning 32-19. The freshman did not play against Santa Fe Trail due to their limited players.