PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s-Colgan High School basketball teams swept Riverton on Homecoming night Friday inside SMC Fieldhouse.
SMC GIRLS SET THE TONE WITH BLOWOUT WIN
It was all Lady Panthers right from the opening tip, as they jumped out to a seven-point lead and never looked back, out scoring the Rams 14-5 in the first quarter en route to the 49-23 win.
“We played pretty well,” SMC head coach Abby Farabi said. “I thought we didn’t necessarily play to the best of our abilities in the first half, but we turned it on in the last two quarters and made the adjustments we needed to make. I thought all of the girls did a really good job tonight.”
A pair of 7-0 runs by the Panthers in the early going put them ahead 14-5 at end of the first quarter.
The Rams scored the first bucket of the second quarter, but Colgan again struck for seven consecutive points — scored between Aubri Piccini and Kate Radell — lifted SMC to a 24-10 advantage at the end of the first half.
Colgan put finishing touches on the win in the second half, out scoring Riverton 17-6 in the third quarter and coasting to the win in the fourth.
Radell finished with a double-double, scoring 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Cathy Farmer also scored in double figures with 10 points.
SMC BOYS COMPLETE SWEEP
Game two featured more of the same, as the Colgan boys’ team completed the sweep with a 47-21 win.
“I thought that we struggled a little bit on the offensive end of the ball in the first half,” SMC head coach Wayne Cichon said. “Fortunately, our defense took care of us. We’ve been a good defensive team all year long and tonight was no different.”
A slow start to the game saw the game saw the Panthers go up 6-4 by the end of the first quarter, before a 3-pointer by Jake Dellasega kickstarted the Panthers’ offense.
Dellasega went on to hit another 3-pointer just before the end of the second quarter to give the Panthers an 18-8 lead at the half.
The Panthers came out firing in the second half, as the scored the first six points of the third quarter and never looked back, coasting to the end.
Jeremiah Buche led the way on offense with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Dellasega came in close behind with eight points of his own.
Colgan will host Liberal at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.