LEAVENWORTH — A third quarter rally by the Pittsburg High School girls’ basketball team came up short in Wednesday’s 39-27 loss to Leavenworth in round one of the Kansas 5A sub-state tournament.

The Purple Dragons found new life in the third quarter after struggling offensively throughout the first half, narrowing the deficit to single digits heading into the final eight minutes of regulation, but couldn’t close the gap before time expired.

Leavenworth jumped out to a 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter before a 3-pointer by Abbie Casper brought the Purple Dragons to 15-5 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter.

The Pioneers went on to take a 19-7 advantage into the locker room at halftime, but an 8-2 run by the Purple Dragons to end the third quarter cut the deficit to 25-17.

The run included four points apiece from Casper and Kaitlin Kidd.

Leavenworth regained control of the contest in the fourth quarter, out scoring PHS 6-2 in the final three minutes of regulation to hang on for the win.

Kidd finished the final game of her high school career with a team-high 10 points and eight rebounds.

Casper also had a great individual performance to conclude her senior season, with nine points and three rebounds.

 — Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspaper. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.