COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Controlling the game from the opening tipoff, Northeastern A&M’s 30th-ranked Lady Norse cruised to an 81-62 victory Friday afternoon over Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College in the opening round of the Jayhawk Shoot-Out at Nellis Hall East.

While winning their sixth straight game, coach Jim Rowland’s Lady Norse carry a 12-2 season record into today’s 9 a.m. clash with Highland (Kan.) Community College. The loss dropped the Greyhounds to 6-5 on the year.

Coach James Arnold’s Highland Scotties enter the contest ranked 18th in the NJCAA Women’s Division II poll.

The Scotties carried a 7-2 season record into Saturday’s opening game with Colby, Kan.

“Highland has three players that average in double figures, so we’ll have to be ready to guard,” Rowland said. “They also do a good job of getting to the boards.

“Having to play the first game of the day will be tough because we have to leave Miami so early for the hour bus ride,” Rowland said. “Highland will be more refreshed because they are staying in Coffeyville.”

With five  sophomores, the Scotties are led by sophomore point guard Amy Galey (5-6 of Excelsior Springs, Mo.) with a 12.4 scoring average and 42 assists with 21 steals.

Freshman forward Kari Abbey (5-10 of Seneca, Kan.) leads the Scotties both in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (13.1).

Against Fort Scott, the Lady Norse received two consecutive field goals each from Megan Raley, Skye Rees, Nolisha Markham and Kashei Hopkins to grab a 16-2 lead in the first seven minutes of the opening half.

Three-point field goals by Fraley, Markham and Kali Bassett increased NEO's lead to 25-11 midway through the first half.

Consecutive field goals by Leondra Doomes-Stephens, Valencia Kelly and Monet Fernandes rallied the Greyhounds to a 27-17 deficit with 8:21 left before halftime.

Six points each by Rees, Fraley and Markham, along with a 3-pointer by Bassett and layups by Jelena Cerina and Ashley Mekeel, enabled the Lady Norse to maintain a 42-23 advantage at intermission.

During the second half the two teams battled to a 39-39 draw as the Lady Norse received 10 points each from Rees and Fraley to hold Fort Scott at bay.

Fraley and Rees combined for 19 points each to lead the Lady Norse in scoring while Markham contributed 15 and Hopkins added 10.

The Lady Norse connected on 32 of 66 (48 percent) from the field, including 9 of 24 from 3-point range, and 8 of 10 (80 percent) from the free throw line.

Doomes-Stephens led all scorers with 22 points for the Greyhounds while Kelly contributed 18.

Fort Scott hit 24 of 74 (32 percent) from the field, including only 3 of 13 from the 3-point arch, and 11 of 24 for 46 percent from the free throw line.

Fraley grabbed 11 rebounds to give NEO a 50-43 advantage on the boards. Doomes-Stephens collected 11 rebounds to lead Fort Scott.

NEO 81, Fort Scott, Kan. 62

Fort Scott (6-5)

Doomes-Stephens 8-26 4-10 22, Kelly 7-17 4-5 18, Smith 3-10 1-2 7, Fernandes 2-5 1-2 5, Duplechin 1-4 1-3 3, Sheperd 1-4 0-0 3, Bloodworth 1-2 0-0 2, Hathaway 1-2 0-0 2, Okornkwo 0-2 0-0 0, Hampton 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-74 11-24 62.

Northeastern A&M (12-2)

Rees 8-17 3-3 19, Fraley 7-13 2-2 19, Markham 5-10 3-4 15, Hopkins 4-4 0-1 10, Cerina 4-7 0-0 8, Bassett 2-9 0-0 6, Mekeel 2-4 0-0 4, McKinney 0-1 0-0 0, Woodard 0-1 0-0 0, Odell 0-0 0-0 0, Beaver 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-66 8-10 81.

Halftime — NEO 42, FSCC 23. 3-point goals — FSCC 3-13 (Doomes-Stephens 2-7, Sheperd 1-4, Duplechin 0-1, Kelly 0-1), NEO 9-24 (Fraley 3-7, Hopkins 2-2, Markham 2-3, Bassett 2-9, Woodard 0-1, Rees 0-2). Rebounds — FSCC 43 (Doomes-Stephens 11), NEO 50 (Fraley 11). Assists — FSCC 13 (Doomes-Stephens 3, Hampton 3), NEO 22 (Fraley 6). Steals — FSCC 13 (Doomes-Stephens 4, Duplechin 4), NEO 4 (Fraley 3). Blocked shots — FSCC 1 (Doomes-Stephens), NEO 1 (Cerina). Turnovers — FSCC 13, NEO 21. Total fouls — FSCC 16, NEO 20. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.