JASPER, Mo. — A pair of wins for the St. Mary’s-Colgan basketball teams over Jasper on Tuesday improved the records both Panther teams to 2-0 on the season, with the girls winning 51-44 followed by a 59-44 win by the boys in game two.


A tightly-contested ballgame swung in favor of the Colgan girls’ team in the first matchup of the night, as the Panthers outscored the Eagles 22-11 in the final eight minutes of regulation and went on to pick up the 13-point win.

Both teams were going back and forth in the early going, but Jasper took control late in the second quarter and held a 24-19 advantage at the half.

The Panthers regrouped during the break and fought back to regain the lead at 35-33 by the end of the third.

Colgan kept the momentum going in the fourth quarter and finished strong to earn the win.

Cathy Farmer was the catalyst for the Panthers, contributing a team-high 16 points with nine rebounds and one assist.

Synclaire Borum also had a big hand in the win, scoring 10 points with two rebounds.


The Colgan boys’ team had control of the contest from beginning to end, jumping out to a quick 8-0 lead en route to earning the 59-44 win.

Following the eight consecutive points by the Panthers after the opening tip, Jasper pulled to within one point of the lead at 10-9 with a minute remaining in the first quarter and stayed within striking distance in the first half.

The Eagles trailed by five at the half, but were outscored 16-9 in the third quarter to fall behind 42-30.

SMC put the finishing touches on the win in the fourth quarter, expanding the lead to 48-34 with five minutes to play in regulation before winning 59-44.

Jeremiah Buche had the hot hand for the Panthers in the win, with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist.

Matthew Lomshek also had a good outing, earning a double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.


The Panthers will host McDonald City at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

 — Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.