Between the first varsity basketball games of 2016, Fort Scott High School named their homecoming king and queen Friday evening while the boys’ team clinched a win against the Labette County High School Grizzlies.
Abigail Denton was crowned homecoming queen while Vince Tome accepted the crown as homecoming king of the spring semester coronation. Other candidates included Bailie Brown, Maggie Findley, Karlea Harris, Madeline McCoy, Aaron Baugher, Austin Cook, Garret Tatro and Carter Young. Nathan Mintz and Aubrie McGhee participated in the event as the little people, carrying the crown and tiara.
The Fort Scott Tigers boys’ team then protected the court against the Grizzlies, holding onto the lead for a 54-46 win despite a persistent Grizzlies team that fought until the final minutes, trailing by just five minutes in the fourth quarter. The win brought the Tigers to a 2-4 overall record.
Senior Kaleb DeLaTorre led the team with 19 points while seniors Marcus Stepps and Josh Hudiburg added 10 and eight points, respectively. The Tigers led by as much as 11 points in the fourth quarter, their defense preventing the Grizzlies from scoring in the first almost four minutes of the quarter.
The lady Tigers team was unable to come away with a win, however, as they faced the undefeated Grizzlies, whose defense stifled the Tigers and forced numerous turnovers in the Tigers’ 67-36 loss, giving them a 2-4 record
The Tigers could not stop sophomore Tristan Gegg, who scored 29 points with four three-pointers, while Erica Gartner added 12 points on four three-pointers. The Tigers’ sophomore Madison Cook led the team with 12 points while senior Ashley Cook had nine.