In the first of three meetings between Montgomery County rivals Independence and Field Kindley on Tuesday, December 17 in Coffeyville, the two teams traded blows throughout the night but the Bulldogs were able to fend off a final comeback attempt to earn the 47-40 final.

Both squads battled from the tip-off to the final horn, as they were tied up late in the opening quarter before FKHS junior guard Tariq Logan hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to give the hosts a 10-7 lead at the end of the first.

IHS outscored the ‘Nado 14-7 in the second to pull ahead 21-17 at intermission, but struggled in the third quarter with just three field goals as Field Kindley regained the advantage and was up 28-27 after three quarters of play.

The visitors exploded for 20 points in the fourth quarter — keyed by Indy senior forward TJ Turner with eight — en route to the 47-40 victory. With just over six minutes remaining in regulation, Bulldogs senior Amauryon Farley grabbed a rebound and scored down low to tie the game at 33-33, and IHS proceeded to outscore their hosts 14-7 down the stretch to seal the win.

Turner finished the night with 12 points while fellow senior big man Davion Lewis had 11 for the ‘Dogs. Logan scored a game-high 15, followed by senior Brennden Graham with nine and sophomore Ethan Viets with eight in the losing effort. The Golden Tornado were a perfect 7-7 at the free throw line on the night, but IHS hit 13-17 at the charity stripe and proved to be the difference in a close contest.

“I think that second half, we had a chance..had some good looks..but if you don’t hit shots, it’s tough to win a tight game,” ‘Nado Head Coach Tyler Thompson said after the loss. “The effort was there, I told the guys after the game ‘I’ll go to battle with you every night when you play that hard.’ I don’t care if we win or lose..it hurts, but I couldn’t be more proud. If they continue to take steps, we keep building, this team could be really good going down the stretch to Sub-State.”

Independence Head Coach Marcus Lanning was happy with his squad’s effort and pleased with the win going into the break. Lanning highlighted his team’s interior advantage, stating, “If we do what we’re supposed to do it works out well, plus it gets them in foul trouble. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be going inside every possession. We’re going to get open shots because we’re good inside.” He also gave credit to FKHS, adding, “No matter who’s supposed to win, Coffeyville’s a very athletic team, they’re well coached, and they’re going to play hard and that’s the bottom line.”

The Bulldogs (3-2) have three weeks off before welcoming the number 3 team in Kansas Class 4A — Parsons — to town on Tuesday, January 7, meanwhile FKHS (1-3) hosts the No. 3 Vikings this Friday, December 20 for their final matchup before winter break.