PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School basketball teams earned a split on Tuesday night against Independence, as the girls’ team lost 56-45 and the boys won 56-42.
PHS BOYS CRUISE TO DOUBLE-DIGIT WIN
The boys’ team followed up the loss in game one with a 56-42 win to give Pittsburg the split on the night.
It was all Purple Dragons from the opening tip, as they jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the opening quarter before expanding it to 21-5 in the early going of the second.
Gavyn Elkamil poured in 10 points while his teammate Marque English chipped in four to help give PHS the early lead.
A 10-2 run by the Bulldogs brought the deficit down to 24-15 at the end of the first half, but the Purple Dragons outscored Independence 17-4 in the third quarter to cushion the lead to 40-21.
PHS kept the Bulldogs at bay in the final quarter to earn the win.
Elkamil and Chase Curtis were the offensive leaders for PHS, scoring 20 and 17 points respectively.
BULLDOGS RALLY TO BEAT PHS GIRLS
A back-and-forth affair swung in favor of the Bulldogs, who pulled away in the second half after seven lead changes to get the 56-45 win.
“We have to figure out a way to get to the free-throw line more often and then knock down shots once we’re there,” PHS head coach Kris Crotts said. “They made a lot of them and we went 4-14 from the line. We just have to figure out a way to defend without fouling and then find ways to get to the line when we’re on offense.”
After falling behind 7-2 in the opening minutes of the contest, the Purple Dragons took their first lead of the game at 10-7 on the strength of eight unanswered points — with three coming from Kaydn Matlock.
Pittsburg took the three-point advantage into the second quarter and increased the lead to 18-14 with the help of six consecutive points by Kaitlyn Kidd.
The Bulldogs regained the lead at 26-22 with one minute remaining in the first half, but five consecutive points by the Purple Dragons gave them a 27-26 lead at the half.
Independence took in the second half, outscoring Pittsburg 11-5 in the third quarter en route to cruising to the win.
Kidd was the catalyst for PHS, scoring 12 points in the loss.
The Purple Dragons will hit the road to take on Parsons at 4:30 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.