DESOTO — Pittsburg basketball left DeSoto with a sweep, as the Dragons girls opened the night with a 39-34 win before the PHS boys blew out the Wildcats, 75-39, Friday night.
PHS BOYS START FAST IN ROUT
The Purple Dragons boys wasted no time taking it to DeSoto, using strong, athletic defense and consistent shooting to extend a first-quarter, 10-point lead to more than 30 points by halftime on the way to the win.
Pittsburg finished out the first quarter on a 12-2 run to take an 18-7 lead over the Wildcats. The margin pushed to more than 30 points as the Dragon boys outscored DeSoto 26-4 in the second period to blow the game open. PHS kept the pace in the second half on the way to the win.
Chase Curtis led PHS in scoring, dropping 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in the win.
Marque English added 13 points, two rebounds and two assists, while Drew Roelfs contributed with 12 points and two boards.
Elijah Harris scored 10 points, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and had two assists.
Grant Noll and Levi Hansen each scored eight to lead the Wildcats.
English started the opening run with a pair from the stripe, which was followed by an offensive rebound and putback by Curtis to make the score 10-5.
A coast-to-coast layup from Harris pushed the lead to seven, and a three-point play from Jerek Butcher gave PHS its first 10-point advantage, 15-5.
Roelfs closed out the opening period with a triple at the buzzer to give the Dragons an 18-7 lead.
Butcher sank a pair from the stripe near the six-minute mark of the second period to make the score 24-9, and English followed with a no-look pass to Roelfs for a basket.
English grabbed an offensive board for a putback to give PHS a 28-9 lead.
Pittsburg got 3-pointers from Roelfs and Gavyn Elkamil with two minutes left in the first half to send the Dragons into the intermission with a 44-11 lead.
Pittsburg outscored DeSoto 31-28 in the second half to cruise to victory.
DRAGON GIRLS RALLY FOR WIN
Pittsburg girls basketball rallied in the fourth quarter to earn a 39-34 win over DeSoto Friday.
PHS trailed for the first three quarters before a 6-0 run to start the fourth gave the Dragons their first lead of the game. Pittsburg’s work on both ends of the floor in the final three minutes of action sent the Dragons home with a win.
Taylor Muff led the Purple Dragons in scoring, pouring in 20 points and grabbing four rebounds in the win. She had a team-high three assists for PHS.
Daeshia Turner scored six points, had four rebounds and two assists.
Abbie Casper added five points and five rebounds for Pittsburg.
Julia Johnson led DeSoto in scoring, putting up 13 points and grabbing a game-high six rebounds.
PHS opened the fourth quarter down 29-24, with both defenses making life difficult for the opposing teams.
Casper started the fourth with the first three points, hitting a free throw and following up with a pull-up jumper off the drive to get PHS within one possession of the lead, 29-27.
Muff grabbed an offensive rebound for the putback score, drawing the foul in the process for a three-point play, to give the Dragons their first lead of the game, 30-29.
Both teams traded scores over the never several minutes, bring the game to a 32-all tie, before Turner found Muff in the corner for a 3-pointer to put Pittsburg up 35-22, which ended up being the last lead change of the game.
In the closing minutes, Pittsburg sealed the win, as Turner knocked down a pair of free throws and Muff scored on a runout layup out of a timeout.
The PHS defense limited DeSoto to one basket over the last two minutes, a second-chance basket with 27 left.
Pittsburg basketball is action next at Coffeyville on Jan. 31.
-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.