RIVERTON — The St. Mary’s-Colgan basketball teams closed out the regular season on a high note, defeating Riverton 45-17 in the girls’ game and 71-54 in the boys’ contest.
LADY PANTHERS ROLL TO BIG WIN
Points came in bunches for the Colgan girls team in the win, as the Lady Panthers held the Rams scoreless for the first seven minutes of the contest en route to building an early double-digit lead.
Five points from Cathy Farmer and four points from Synclaire Borum lifted SMC to a 14-0 lead in the early going.
The Rams hit the scoreboard for the first time with one minute remaining in the first quarter, but the Panthers answered back with a 3-pointer by Aubri Piccini to take a 17-2 advantage into the second.
Colgan continued to pour after the break, scoring nine points between Marci VanBecelaere, Kate Radell, Borum and Kenzie Venneman to increase the lead to 26-6 at the end of the first half.
Radell and Piccini combined to score the first three points of the second half, as the Panthers put the finishing touches on the win in the third quarter before coasting to the finish in the fourth.
Radell was the leading scorer for SMC with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Farmer came in close behind with nine points and four rebounds.
SMC BOYS CLOSE OUT SWEEP
A slow-paced game went in favor of the Colgan boys’ team in the second contest of the night, as the Panthers completed the sweep on the road with a 71-54 win.
Colgan took the early advantage, scoring the opening points of the game on a shot by Jeremiah Buche, but couldn’t pull away in the first quarter.
The Rams rallied back to make the score 14-8 by by hitting the first shot of the second quarter, before the Panthers went up by 10 with help from three points by Bradley Beykirch.
SMC took the 10-point advantage into the locker room at halftime, but the Rams pulled back to within six early in the third after a 10-3 run.
The Panthers began to extend the lead little by little before pushing the score to 64-44 with help from a four-point play by Buche at the end of the third quarter and four points by Aaron Higginbotham at the beginning of the fourth.
Six consecutive points by the Rams put them back to within 14, but SMC got the points back with six of their own — scored between Buche, Beykirch and Higginbotham — to close out the contest.
Buche led the way in scoring for the Panthers with 17 points and three steals.
Higginbotham and Beykirch followed with 16 and 13 points respectively.
— 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.