PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s-Colgan high school girls’ basketball team faced little resistance in the first round of the Kansas 2A sub-state tournament on Monday, coasting to a 60-13 win over Kansas City Christian inside SMC Fieldhouse.
The Panthers held KC Christian scoreless in the first half of the contest, en route to building a 41-point lead.
“I was really proud of the girls,” SMC head coach Abby Farabi said. “You always worry as the No. 1 seed when you go up against a No. 8 seed who has nothing to lose. We jumped on them early, and the girls did exactly what I asked them to do defensively and offensively.”
Scoring came easy for Colgan throughout, as the Panthers posted 17 points in the first quarter — with nine coming from Kate Radell — and 24 points in the second with help from eight points by Cathy Farmer.
KC Christian hit the scoreboard for the first time in the opening minute of the second half and went on to post nine points in the third quarter.
With the running clock in effect during the final eight minutes, SMC closed out the win with the underclassmen on the floor.
“I think having depth is an advantage for us,” Farabi said. “We’re able to go nine or 10 deep, and some schools don’t even have that many players on their roster. So, being able to put anyone of them in the game and feel confident is big for us.”
Farmer and Radell led the way offensively for SMC with 16 and 15 points in the win.
Aubri Piccini and Marci VanBecelaere came in close behind with nine points apiece.
Colgan will host either Olathe-Heritage Christian Academy or Oswego on Thursday with the start time still to be determined.
— 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.