PITTSBURG — Both St. Mary’s-Colgan basketball teams kept its undefeated records in tact on Friday night against McDonald County, as the girls’ team came out on top 37-26 and the boys won 45-36.
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The Colgan girls’ team got the Panthers started off on the right foot, winning 37-26 in game one of the night.
Following a slow start to the contest, the Panthers hit their stride in the second half, outscoring McDonald County 14-2 in the third quarter to mount a double-digit lead before hanging on to get the win in the fourth.
“I thought we had a pretty good second half,” SMC head coach Abby Farabi said. “I thought we did a better job of getting the ball inside and playing more to our strengths. In the first half, we were just a little out of sync on both ends of the floor. We talked about some of the things we needed to work on during halftime and the kids adjusted really well.”
Points were few and far between in the first half, but Colgan persevered on offense to maintain control of the contest.
The game’s first points came at the four-minute mark when Kate Radell sank a pair of free throws to put SMC up 2-0.
McDonald County tied up the score in the next possession, but a layup by Marci VanBecelaere put the Panthers back in the lead at 4-2.
A free throw and a jumper by jumper by the Mustangs gave them a 5-4 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
The Panthers responded with a 7-2 run which gave them an 11-7 advantage with one minute remaining before halftime.
The run was highlighted by five points from Cathy Farmer and included two points by Delaney Cedeno.
Colgan kept the momentum going in the second half, outscoring the Mustangs 14-2 to increase the lead to 25-12 in the first four minutes of the third quarter.
Radell contributed five points to the Panthers’ run and Lily Myers chipped in three points of her own.
SMC put the finishing touches on the win by going on a 7-2 run to begin the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs outscored Colgan 8-2 in the final three minutes of the contest, but it was too late, as the Panthers held on for the win.
VanBecelaere and Farmer led the way for the Panthers offensively with nine points and 14 rebounds, while their teammates Radell and Synclaire Borum contributed seven and six points respectively.
SMC BOYS CATCH FIRE IN SECOND HALF
Both teams struggled to generate points in the early going of game two, but the Panthers caught fire in the second half to pull away for the 45-36 win.
“We were playing really hard and was able to get them to match our level of intensity,” SMC head coach Wayne Cichon said. “That played to our advantage because we have a deeper bench than they did. I thought both teams became winded really quickly and that’s why it started off so low scoring, but once we hit our second wind, I thought things went really well.”
Another slow-paced start saw the Mustangs take a 4-3 edge at the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers regained the lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 9-4 in the first eight minutes of the second quarter.
Colgan’s run was highlighted by five points from Jeremiah Buche and included two points apiece by Cal Marquardt and Matthew Lomshek.
SMC trailed by one by the end of the first half, but broke out offensively in the second, scoring seven consecutive points to take a 19-13 advantage halfway through the third quarter.
The Mustangs took a timeout to halt Colgan’s momentum and went on to cut the margin to three going into the fourth quarter.
A quick 3-pointer McDonald County evened the score at 26-all thirty seconds into the fourth, but a pair of layups by Lomshek sparked an 8-2 run which put the Panthers back on top at 34-28.
Colgan went on to protect the lead at the foul line, sinking five free throws in addition to a layup by Buche, which added up to seven consecutive points in the final two minutes.
Buche had the hot hand, as he lead the Panthers in scoring with 13 points.
Lomshek was also feeling it, pouring in 11 points in the win.
The Colgan girls will host Carthage at 6 p.m. on Tuesday before joining the boys’ team on the road against Fredonia at 5 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.