PITTSBURG — Defense continues to be strong for the St. Mary’s-Colgan girls’ basketball team in the Kansas 2A sub-state tournament, as the Panthers held Heritage Christian to eight points in the first half en route to the 52-14 win.

“I think this is great for the kids,” SMC head coach Abby Farabi said. “They’re coming out focused and I think they’ve done a nice job of putting teams away early.”

The Panthers made quick work of the Chargers with help from 12 first-half points from Cathy Farmer, who went on to tally a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds.

“Cathy Farmer is a great player,” Farabi said. “She’s come so far. It’s just fun to watch her play and she does a great job for us. Her teammates just do a great job of playing with her and they all just click together really well.”

Colgan wasted no time in taking control of the contest, scoring the first 13 points of the game with eight coming from Farmer.

The Panthers went on to take a 15-2 advantage following a layup by Kaitlin Radell just before the buzzer at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 20 after scoring the first seven points of the second.

The 7-0 run included points from Radell, Farmer, Sophia Piccini and Synclaire Borum.

Heritage Christian began to get some offensive momentum going at the end of the first half to push their point total to eight, but continued to fall behind in the second.

SMC out scored the Chargers 13-4 in the third quarter— with help from four points apiece from Farmer and Radell — which forced a running clock in the fourth.

Radell was second on the team in scoring with 15 points and six rebounds, while her teammate Piccini finished with seven points and eight steals.

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The Lady Panthers will take on Pleasanton at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the sub-state championship game.

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