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Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:10 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:10 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:10 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:10 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:09 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:09 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:09 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:10 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

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Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Tigers' Chandler picking up the offense

Published on -11/25/2013, 10:37 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Last year, Taylor Chandler had a strong freshman season for the Fort Hays State University women's basketball team as one of the MIAA's leaders in steals. Chandler was a key reserve on a 22-win team who mainly scored her points off layups following steals. In the second half of the season, Chandler scored a little more often on 3-pointers and jumpers. She averaged four points per game in 19 minutes per contest and paced the team with 50 steals.

In the summer, Chandler focused on her offensive game, shooting 3s and drive to the basket. Chandler, a first-team all-state player at Class 6A powerhouse Wichita Heights, showcased an all-around game at high school.

"When I got here, I just had to play my role in the game and just feel for the game," she said. "Towards the end of last season, I got more of a feel for it playing with the team and playing at a college level. I knew what I needed to work on over the summer."

On Tuesday, Fort Hays has its first test of the season against Newman University at Gross Memorial Coliseum. The Tigers, 3-0 and receiving votes in the NCAA Division II national poll, have won all three games by at least 39 points. Start time is 7 p.m. Last season, the Tigers defeated Newman 66-46 but led by just six at halftime. The Jets are 2-3, but two losses by a combined 11 points. Alexandra Ciabatton leads the teeam with 22.4 points per game.

"That's why if you don't schedule tough teams and you don't play tough teams, your team never gets as good as they will be," coach Tony Hobson said. "We will get a much stiffer test on Tuesday."

The 5-foot-5 Chandler started two games in 2012-13, but has started all three this year. She has four steals and averages 10 points a contest. Chandler is 11 of 26 (42.3 percent) from the field, 4 of 10 from the 3-point line and 4 of 4 on free throws. Senior Katelyn Edwards leads the Tigers with 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds a game for a team that's averaging 94 points a contest.

"It's been good," Chandler said. "We can do better. Just trying to get through the beginning of the season, but as far as everybody coming off the bench, and everybody playing and everybody being able to score, it's good, because we are going to need it in the long run into conference play."

Last season, Chandler shot 37 percent from the field, 21.7 percent (10 of 46) from long rage and 49 percent from the foul line. Against Bethel College last week, Chandler finished with a career-high 13 points and three steals.

Her first basket came from an Edwards steal. Her second score came off a familiar play - she stole the ball and scored. She hit a jumper, her first of the season, with 3:10 left in the first half.

"She worked on her offensive game over the summer, and she played with pretty good energy tonight," Hobson said. "I was fairly happy with Taylor. She has got a burst that nobody else has, and she can get by people. To do that, she has to make them honor her outside shot, which she has improved that a lot. I think as the season wears on, you will see Taylor score more."

In the second half, she had another steal that led to a layup, a three-pointer and a layup in the halfcourt. Before Jan. 24 of last season, Chandler was 4 of 26 on jumpers/3-pointers, according to official play-by-play data.

"It's just something that I have tried to just develop over the season and make my game more versatile and not just 3s and just not layups," Chandler said.

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