CHEROKEE — St. Mary’s Colgan basketball earned a road sweep against CNC-opponent Southeast on Tuesday, as the SMC girls won 35-24 before the Panther boys’ won 73-51.
PANTHER GIRLS EARN HARD-FOUGHT WIN
The SMc girls were in the driver’s seat throughout the contest, but the Lancers refused to back down, as they continued to remain with striking distance with gritty defense.
Colgan jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, before ending the first quarter ahead 8-2 on a mid-range jumper by Cathy Farmer.
Allie Evans split a pair of free throws in the opening minute of the second quarter to extend the Panthers' lead to 9-2, but a layup and a 3-pointer from the corner by Bailee Ulery narrowed the margin to 9-7.
Colgan regained the momentum with a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 16-9.
The run included three points by Aubri Piccini and two points apiece from Farmer and Emily Paterni.
Southeast hit the scoreboard first in the second half with a layup by Ulery, but the Panthers answered with an 8-2 run to extend their lead to 25-15 at the end of the third quarter.
The run was highlighted by four points from Paterni and included two points apiece from Allie Evans and Piccini.
Colgan continued to pull away, as five consecutive points scored by Farmer to begin the fourth quarter increased the lead to 30-17.
The Lancers came back to within 10 points at 30-20 with on a layup by Taylor Myrick and a free throw by Jessie Jenkins, but the Panthers kept the lead safe by hitting free throws down in the final minutes of the contest to secure the road win.
Farmer was the leading scorer for SMC with 14 points.
Piccini finished with seven points and Paterni chipped in six for the Panthers.
For Southeast, Ulery had a team-high nine points, while Sailor Jackson finished close behind with six.
DEPTH LEADS SMC BOYS TO WIN OVER LANCERS
Hustle has become the calling card for the Lancers this season, but despite the big effort and a good shooting performance, the Colgan boys proved to have too many scoring options on the bench in the 14-point win.
The Panthers received seven points from Simon Higginbotham to begin the game, as they jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, before Dylan Wilson ended Southeast’s dry spell with a 3-pointer from the wing to narrow the gap to 7-5.
SMC responded with a 10-3 run, which padded the lead to 17-8 with a minute left in the first quarter.
The run was highlighted by four points by Zach Hizey, and included two points apiece from Jeremiah Buche, Josh Hayes and Billy Dickey.
Southeast outscored SMC 8-4 in the final minute of the opening quarter — with a pair of 3-pointers coming from Cole Burdette and Dylan Wilson — to go into the second quarter down 21-16.
Colgan kept the pressure on, beginning the second quarter with an 7-0 run, with four points by Hayes, to pad the lead to 30-16.
The Lancers responded with five consecutive points, as Burdette hit two free throws and Caleb Fenimore nailed a corner 3-pointer, to cut the deficit to single digits at 30-21.
SMC ended the first half with an 11-3 surge — highlighted by five points from Higginbotham — to go up 41-24 at the half.
The Panthers pulled away to 50-29 to begin the second half, but the Lancers climbed back to 54-37 on the strength of five consecutive points from Burdette.
Up 17 at the end of the third quarter, the Panthers began the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run, before allowing the younger players to take the floor and cap off the win.
Higginbotham led the way for the Panthers, pouring in 16 points, while Hayes contributed 15.
For Southeast, Brudette seemed to have unlimited range, as he posted 18 points with four 3-pointers.
Wilson was also shooting the ball well, as he finished with 13 points.
The Panthers will host Girard at 6 p.m. on Friday
The Lancers will welcome in Baxter Springs at 6 p.m. on Friday.
-- Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.