T-Birds win season opener
Iola-Scandy girls score OT victory
By Holly Neumann
The Iola-Scandinavia girls’ basketball team came back from a 4-point deficit at the half to beat the Wild Rose Wildcats in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Iola.
Alexa Gravunder had the hot hand for the Wildcats in the first half of the game, scoring 15 points by sinking five 3-point baskets, while Mia Wandtke poured in 10 points for the Thunderbirds.
Iola-Scandinavia came out strong in the second half, led by Leighten Fischer, with 20 points, including two free throws with 16.6 left on the clock to tie the game, sending it into overtime.
With a tough defense played by the Thunderbirds and four key free-throws sunk by Freshman Bryanna Kisting, the T-Birds came away with 63-59 victory.
Leading scorers for Iola-Scandinavia were Fischer with 31 points, followed by Wandtke 15 and Kendall Johnson with 7.
Top scorers for Wild Rose were Gravunder 26 and Kristin Jenks with 11.
The T-Birds will be back in action on Friday, November 18, when the host Westfield for a 7 p.m. tip off.