On Valentine's Day, the Greyhounds Basketball team traveled north to Highland, Kansas to take on the Scotties on the hardwood. It was a Region XI match-up, and Fort Scott had something to prove after letting the previous meeting against Highland slip away from them in the last five minutes.
Although the Hounds did some things right in the first half against the Scotties, those thing were far and few between. Fort Scott would trail 16-11 at the first half media timeout, and were behind at halftime by 32-20.
"In the first half we had nine turnovers and shot 25% from the free throw line. We did not put ourselves in a good position to win on the road in the first twenty minutes, but we stuck with our game plan and became the aggressor in the second half," said Head Coach Michael Cook.
Fort Scott only shot 30% from the field in the first half. That number would rise to 51% during the second half. The Greyhounds emerged from the locker room driven and aggressive, and it didn't take long for the Hounds to change the momentum of the game. Deflections led to steals for the Fort Scott defense, and they would force Highland to turn it over 11 times during the second half.
With twelve minutes remaining in the game Evan Brull hit a three-pointer to cut the Scotties' lead to six. Two minutes later, at the second half media timeout, Fort Scott only trailed by four, 44-40. A Dalton Rose three pointer at the six minute mark tied the ballgame up at 49-49. During their next offensive possession the Greyhounds executed and as a result Tyler Owens got a layup, followed by Will Harrington taking a charge on the defensive end. Once Fort Scott took the lead, they would not look back. The Greyhounds would go on to steal a road victory by the score of 61-56.
After the game, Coach Cook made the statement, "We have a deep bench and on any night anyone can step up and make big plays for us." He pointed to the stat sheet as evidence. "Eight of the nine who played for us tonight scored, and they all played a vital part of the victory, even those who didn't play. Tyler Owens, Anthony Santiago, Marcus Russell and Evan Brull gave key minutes to us in the second half, those guys along with Devin Knight were key in our press defense in the second half to allow us to climb back into the game." Fort Scott's scoring was led by Tyler Owens, who had 16, Will Harrington, 13, and Anthony Santiago, who scored 11. Harrington grabbed 9 rebounds while Marcus Russell snagged 8. Harrington also led the team in assists with 4.
With the win, Fort Scott jumped to second place in Region XI standings. The Greyhounds return to Arnold Arena to host Labette Community College on Wednesday, February 18. Tip-off versus Labette is scheduled for 7:30pm.