WEBB CITY, Mo. — It was a rough weekend for the Pittsburg High School basketball teams, as the Purple Dragons lost four games over the weekend.
On Friday in Parsons, the PHS girls lost 53-51 and the boys lost 69-66, before the girls’ team lost again 72-43 against Walnut Grove on Saturday in Webb City followed by a 64-60 loss by the boys’ team against Parkview.
LOSING STREAK CONTINUES FOR PHS GIRLS
The PHS girls’ team got off to slow start on Friday against Parsons, losing 53-51 despite a late rally.
Pittsburg trailed by as many as 13 points in the early going of the second quarter, but pulled back to even the score at 34-all with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The freshman Madden Petty led the Purple Dragons’ comeback, scoring nine points in what was a 14-1 run to tie the score.
Parsons went on to regain the lead and ended the third quarter with a three-point advantage, but another 3-pointer by Petty to start the fourth tied the score at 38-38.
The Vikings matched it with a 3-pointer of their own, which sparked a 14-2 run to give them a 10-point lead with two minutes remaining in the contest.
PHS got back into the contest with five consecutive points coming from Abbie Casper, Kaydn Matlock and Petty to narrow the deficit to 51-46 with 60 seconds left in regulation.
Matlock managed to put up two more points before knocking down a 3-pointer to bring the Purple Dragons to within two points of Parsons with four seconds left, but it was too late, as the Vikings drained the clock to hang on for the win.
Petty had the hot hand for Pittsburg, scoring a team-high 25 points.
Matlock was also feeling it, contributing 13 points in the loss.
Things didn’t get any better for PHS on Saturday, as they dropped to 0-4 on the season after losing 72-43 to Walnut Grove in Webb City.
The Tigers set the tone early, outscoring PHS 24-6 in the first quarter en route to mounting a 47-18 lead at the half and coasting for the win.
Casper led the Purple Dragons in the scoring department with 17 points, while her teammate Petty posted 10 points in her first varsity start.
PITTSBURG BOYS DROP TWO
In the boys’ game on Friday against Parsons, PHS watched a 20-point lead slip away in the second half en route to losing 69-66.
The Purple Dragons trailed by three points with 15 seconds remaining in the contest and failed to convert on three shot attempts in the final possession en route to being tagged with the loss.
Parsons held a two-point lead after outscoring PHS 9-2 in the early going of the second quarter, but fell behind 33-23 at the end of the first half following 10 consecutive points by the Purple Dragons.
Marque English contributed five of Pittsburg’s 10 consecutive points, while Drew Roelfs and Gavyn Elkamil combined for the other five.
A pair of layups by Chase Curtis and Elkamil to begin the second half continued the Purple Dragons’ momentum and increased the lead to 37-23.
Pittsburg took its largest lead of the game at 48-28 thanks to eight consecutive points, ending on a layup by freshman Javon Grant.
The Vikings fought back to narrow the deficit to 54-42 after outscoring PHS 7-1 in the final two minutes of the third quarter.
Parsons continued rolling in the fourth quarter, going on a 17-3 run to take the lead at 59-57 with four minutes remaining in regulation.
Two free throws by Jerek Butcher ended the cold streak for the Purple Dragons before they regained the lead at 62-61 on a jumper by Elkamil with two minutes remaining.
The Vikings held a three-point advantage with 15 seconds remaining, but kept the Purple Dragons off the board in the final possession to hang on for the win.
English finished the game with a double-double, scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Elkamil was second on the team in scoring with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
In Saturday’s matchup against Parkview in Webb City, the Purple Dragons pulled back to within two points of the lead in the fourth quarter after trailing by as much as 15 in the contest, but couldn’t complete the rally, losing 64-60.
Parkview led for a majority of the contest and held a 12-point advantage halfway through the fourth quarter, but an 11-2 run by the Purple Dragons narrowed the gap to 57-52 with three minutes remaining in regulation.
The run was highlighted by five points from Elkamil and included two points apiece from English, Curtis and Roelfs.
Pittsburg made a three-point deficit with 50 seconds left following six consecutive points, but couldn’t tie the score, as the Vikings hit their free throws down the stretch to protect the lead.
English was the leading scorer for Pittsburg with 20 points, while his teammates Curtis and Elkamil chipped in 17 apiece.
PHS will be in Chanute at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
— 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.