CHANUTE — It was a good road trip for the Pittsburg High School basketball teams, as the girls and boys picked up wins over Chanute on Tuesday.
PHS GIRLS WIN IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
A double-overtime thriller in the first game of the night swung in favor of the PHS girls’ team, as the Purple Dragons escaped with a 72-70 win thanks to a go-ahead layup by Madden Petty in the final seconds of the contest.
Pittsburg appeared to be well on its way the first win of the season, holding a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but the Blue Comets rallied to tie the score at 51-51 and force overtime.
Chanute continued its offensive momentum by scoring the first seven points of overtime to take a 58-51 lead.
A layup by Kaitlyn Kidd got the Purple Dragons back on track, as they came back to tie the score at 60-all — following six points by Madden Petty — to force a second overtime.
Pittsburg went on to score the first four points of the second overtime en route to outscoring the Blue Comets 8-3 in the next four minutes, taking a 68-63 advantage.
Two free throws by Petty with 40 seconds remaining put PHS ahead by three, but a 3-pointer by Chanute at the other end tied the game at 70-70 with 15 seconds left.
With the clock winding down in the final possession, Petty drove the lane and converted a layup in the final seconds which ended up being the difference in the game.
PHS BOYS CRUISE TO BIG WIN
There wasn’t as much drama in game two of the night, as the Pittsburg boys’ team came away with a commanding 78-55 win to complete the sweep.
The Purple Dragons earned the win on the heels of back-to-back losses and moved them to 3-2 on the season in the final game before Christmas break.
Marque English led the way for the Purple Dragons’ offense with 25 points.
Gavyn Elkamil nearly had a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds, while his teammate Drew Roelfs also finished with 12 points in the win.
The PHS girls’ team will travel Joplin at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, before joining the boys’ team at home against Fort Scott at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.
— 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.