COFFEYVILLE — The Pittsburg High School basketball teams closed out the season strong Friday, picking up a pair of wins on the road over Field Kindley 55-22 in the girls’ game and 84-50 in the boys’ contest.
DEFENSE STRONG FOR PHS GIRLS’ TEAM IN WIN
Everything was clicking for the Pittsburg girls in game one of the night, as the Purple Dragons capitalized on several easy scoring opportunities in transition thanks to their several steals on defense.
PHS out scored the Lady ‘Nandoes 12-2 in the opening minutes of the contest with help from six points by Madden Petty and two points apiece from Kaydn Matlock, Abbie Casper and Kaitlin Kidd.
The Purple Dragons capped off the first quarter with a layup by Casper to increase the lead to 14-5, before expanding it to 24-6 following a 10-2 run to begin the second quarter.
The run was highlighted by a 3-pointer from Rylee Johnson and included points from Petty, Casper and Kassidy O’Dell.
A layup by Matlock to begin the second quarter pushed the Purple Dragons’ lead to 20 and sparked a 15-4 run to make the score 49-20 at the end of the third quarter.
With running clock in full effect during the final eight minutes of regulation, Pittsburg coasted to the win with the underclassmen on the floor.
Petty and Casper were the offensive catalysts in the win, posting 21 and 15 points respectively.
ENGLISH DROPS 29 POINTS IN PHS WIN
Shots were falling early for both teams in the boys’ game, but Pittsburg pulled away in the second half on the strength of 29 points from Marque English.
A pair of buckets by Jerek Butcher and English got the Purple Dragons out to a four-point advantage, but Coffeyville responded with a 3-pointer and a layup to take the lead at 5-4.
It would be the last time the Golden Tornadoes held the lead, as a 17-1 run by the Purple Dragons put them back on top at 16-6.
The run was highlighted by four points apiece from English and Gavyn Elkamil.
PHS went on to build the lead to 16 by halftime — with seven points coming from English in the second quarter — before going on to increase it to 53-30 halfway through the third quarter after a 10-2 run.
English continued to be the catalyst for the Purple Dragons, scoring nine points in the third quarter and five in the fourth before the underclassmen came in to close out the contest.
Elkamil also had a big hand in sealing the win, with seven points in the fourth quarter and 15 in the game.
Trent Austin finished third in scoring for the Purple Dragons with 13 points on the night.
— 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.