FORT SCOTT — Hot shooting by the Pittsburg High School boys’ basketball lifted them to an 80-47 win, after the girls’ team came up short in the 46-37 loss to begin the night.
PHS BOYS CATCH FIRE FROM DEEP IN WIN
Offense was not lacking for the PHS boys in the big win over Fort Scott, as the Purple Dragons knocked down six 3-pointers in the first half en route to mounting an 18 point lead by halftime.
The Tigers held a two-point advantage in the early going of the first quarter, but the Purple Dragons quickly took control with 14 consecutive points — on the strength of a eight points by Drew Roelfs — to jump out to a 17-5 lead.
Pittsburg continued its dominance in the second quarter, out scoring Fort Scott 14-3 in the first three minutes, before ending the half with a 9-0 run to push the score to 44-26.
Marque English came alive after the break, as he struck for 13 points in the third quarter to lift the Purple Dragons to a 76-39 advantage which forced a running clock in the fourth.
English finished with a team-high 18 points, while his teammates Trent Austin and Drew Roelfs followed close behind with 15 and 13 points respectively.
Chase Curtis also finished with double digits in scoring with 11 points in the win.
PHS GIRLS’ RALLY FALLS SHORT
Momentum swung back and forth throughout the contest, but favored Fort Scott near the end, as the Tigers out scored the Pittsburg girls 12-3 in the final three minutes.
After leading by two at the end of the first half, PHS fell behind by three at the end of the third before tying the game at 34-all halfway through the fourth.
The Purple Dragons’ rally was highlighted by six points from Madden Petty and included two points by Kaydn Matlock.
Fort Scott regained the lead with six consecutive points in the closing minutes and put the Purple Dragons away by converting free throws down the stretch.
The Purple Dragons will host Labette County at 6 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.