PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s-Colgan high school basketball teams settled for a split on Tuesday night against Sunrise Christian Academy on Tuesday, as the boys’ team won 80-48 after a 46-41 loss for the girls’ team.
PANTHERS OUTLAST BUFFALOES
It was all Panthers in game two of the night, as the Colgan boys earned a commanding 80-48 win over Sunrise Christian.
Colgan trailed the Buffaloes halfway through the fast-paced first quarter, but wore them down quickly and took a large lead following 22 consecutive points.
“I think our depth was a big difference,” SMC head coach Wayne Cichon said. “We were able to keep running full court and make their starting five run with us. They kind of got sucked into it and that was a big factor in the game. They have some good players who matched up well with us, but our second unit was able to take over”
The lead changed hands three times in the first six minutes of the contest, before Colgan ended the first quarter with eight consecutive points and followed it up with 14 straight points to begin the second en route to mounting a 30-18 lead.
The 22-0 run included points from Bradley Beykirch, Matthew Lomshek, Aaron Higginbotham and Jeremiah Buche.
Sunrise Christian pulled back to within single digits on the strength of a 10-0 run, but the Panthers got seven points back on a 3-pointer by Jake Dellasega and a pair of buckets from Buche.
The Panthers ended the first half on a 3-pointer by Cal Marquardt to give them a 40-27 advantage at the half.
Colgan began to run away with it in the second half, scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter — with four coming from Lomshek — which pushed the score to 51-27.
It was all downhill for the Panthers from there, as they had the underclassmen finish out the game.
Lomshek ad Higginbotham led the way for SMC in the win, each posting a team-high 16 points and five rebounds apiece.
Beykirch and Buche also scored in double-digits with 12 points apiece.
BUFFALOES WIN IN OVERTIME
Four quarters wasn’t enough to decide a winner in the girls’ game, as the Panthers overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but couldn’t hold the lead in the 46-41 loss.
“We didn’t give up,” SMC head coach Abbie Farabi said. “We persevered and overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth. We had opportunities to put the game away, but we just didn’t execute. However, I was really proud of the girls for not giving up.”
Sunrise Christian built a seven-point lead by the end of the third quarter, before being outscored 9-2 in the fourth quarter by the Panthers which tied the score at 38-38 at the end of the fourth.
The run was highlighted by five points from Kate Radell and included a 3-pointer from Cathy Farmer.
Radell knocked down a free throw to begin the overtime, giving SMC a one-point advantage with under three minutes remaining.
Sunrise Christian regained the lead with a pair of free throws, before Farmer put the Panthers back out in front at 41-40 with a layup.
The Buffaloes took over in the final minute of play, as they scored six consecutive points down the stretch to earn the win.
Radell finished with a double-double, scoring a team and career-high 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
Farmer also notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
— 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.