COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - Can Miami pick up in 2007 where it left off in 2006?
Wardog coach Rusty Mercer sure hopes so.
“We hope so,” said Mercer, who has watched MHS run off consecutive wins against Vinita, Jay, Coffeyville and Labette County High School of Altamont, Kan. ‘I've tried to get our guys' attention over the break. Hopefully they know that even though we handled them at home, going on the road it will be a different ballgame. It's a house of horrors.”
The Wardogs have never won here, losing in double overtime, losing at the buzzer and they've been blown out.
Games will be played at both the high school and grade school gymnasiums.
The schedule includes: 4:30 p.m., high school gym, JV girls; 4:30 p.m., grade school gym, JV boys; 6 p.m., high school, varsity girls; 6 p.m., grade school, 9th boys; 7:45 p.m., high school, varsity boys, and 7:45 p.m. grade school, 9th girls.
The Wardogs wrapped up the 2006 portion of the schedule on Dec. 21 with a 70-62 victory over LCHS at Altamont.
Miami overcame a 12-point deficit midway through the third quarter to pull out the victory, its sixth in seven games.
Winless Labette County played more like an unbeaten team through the better part of two quarters.
The Grizzlies led 35-31 at intermission, then went on a 10-2 tear that bumped the lead to 45-33 with 4:23 left in the third period.
But a bucket from inside by Trent Turner may have been the igniter for the Wardogs, who went on to outscore the hosts 37-17 the rest of the way, including 21-10 in the deciding fourth quarter.
MHS already owns a 52-47 win against Coffeyville on Dec. 16 in the home opener.
Michael Anderson broke out of a scoring slump by getting 19 points and Cody Corntassel blocked nine shots, including eight in the first half.
Corntassel had three of his blocks on one series in the first half, when Miami jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter. The Dogs coasted into the break with a 35-21 advantage.
“He got their attention,” Mercer said. “It will be interesting to see how much different its going to be from one environment to the other.”
The Golden Tornado swamped Parsons, Kan., 66-52 Tuesday night in their first game back from the break. It was the first win of the season for FKHS, who had dropped five straight.
Elijah Hershey, a 6-4 senior, scored a season-high 23 points for the Nado, getting most of that in the fourth quarter. He was limited to 10 points by Miami.
Miami's girls fell to 1-6 when they suffered a 39-11 loss to Labette County.
The 11 points were the fewest for the Lady Wardogs in the past four seasons.
They were held scoreless in the first quarter, scored five points in the second, had one field goal in the third and capped things off with four points in the final frame, which was played with a continuous clock.
Coffeyville's girls posted their first-ever win against MHS, 50-47.
Miami (1-5) had taken a 44-43 lead with 3:39 left on a bucket from inside by Rachel Acuna, but a layup by Katlin Overton put FKHS back on top 45-44 with 2:38 left.
There were two lead changes before a 3-point goal by Olivia Finley gave the Lady Nado the lead for good, 48-46 with 1:17 left.
Alyssa Johnson's 11 points headed up the scoring for Miami, which also picked up 10 from Chelsey Edmondson.
Katlin Overton scored 17 points for Coffeyville.