COLUMBUS — Thursday night could have been the last time Pittsburg and Columbus played a regular season high school basketball doubleheader as members of the same league, considering the Titans will start play in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League in 2012-2013.

COLUMBUS — Thursday night could have been the last time Pittsburg and Columbus played a regular season high school basketball doubleheader as members of the same league, considering the Titans will start play in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League in 2012-2013.

Pittsburg closed out its regular season with a sweep — the girls won 52-33 on the strength of a 17-4 lead after one quarter and the boys won 74-46 with a 41-17 second-half advantage breaking open a 33-29 game at halftime.

The first time the girls of Pittsburg and Columbus played, the Purple Dragons won 72-24 and scored the first 16 points of the game.

“I told the girls that because they’ve played us one time, they’re going to make adjustments,” Pittsburg head coach Kim Peterson said. “They know what we have now after seeing us, so the second time around is never going to be as easy as the first time around. We knew that going in and they did make adjustments. Every time we threw it into the post, they would bring two, three and four people to dig down and help because they were trying to shut down our big people.”

Pittsburg junior forward Lizzy Willis made Columbus pay for its defensive strategy, as she caught a pass from senior forward Skyler Muff out of a triple team for a layup and later made several wide-open mid-range jump shots en route to a game-high 14 points.

“She’s definitely turned it on offensively these last couple weeks,” Peterson said of Willis. “That’s been great because we’ve needed that as teams figure out they need to shut down our big post players like Mariah Forrest and Skyler Muff and Brianna Maxwell. It’s important that we have other players step up and fill those other scoring roles on offense.”

Muff added 10 points, Forrest six and Maxwell five, as Pittsburg found multiple ways to score the ball on the inside. Freshman guard Katy Short added six points and spelling fellow senior Mackenzie Spresser in the starting lineup, Ashley Willis added four.

Spresser missed the Columbus game due to back issues and Peterson said that she does not expect Spresser in the lineup for Monday’s first substate game against Coffeyville. Peterson expects Spresser back for the semifinals, if Pittsburg can advance past Coffeyville.

Pittsburg (16-4, 6-2 SEK) hosts Coffeyville (4-16, 1-7) on Monday.

The JV girls lost 57-53 in overtime, despite 10 points by Jordan Dee, nine by Maxwell and eight apiece by MaKayla Pichler and Bethanne Elliott. Pittsburg JV ends its season 11-7.

Pittsburg boys 74, Columbus 46

Pittsburg found a rhythm in the second half of its game against Columbus and the shots were flowing smooth off the shooters’ hands for the final 16:00.

“I think rhythm was a good word for it,” Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “I thought the big difference was our energy level and our intensity level and it led to much better rhythm. They (Columbus) weren’t shooting layups to start the second half like they were to start the first half. You credit them because they got after us and were more ready to play than we were and it led to them shooting real easy shots early on and I thought they got their confidence so they started knocking down tough shots. Fortunately, we came out with better energy in the second half.”

Pittsburg junior wing Tanner Ellis came off the bench and came out firing from 3-point range after halftime, making three long-range bombs and a rapid-fire heads-up tip-in at the third quarter buzzer on a Jornell Fondren miss. Ellis scored all 11 of his points after halftime.

“Our guys did a good job of finding him,” Roelfs said. “He’s a guy that we want stepping in and shooting like that. When teams zone us like they did for most of the night, you’ve got to have guys knock down perimeter shots and so it was big for us, there’s no doubt. It loosened up the zone for us and it gave us some breathing room.”

Senior guard Dillon O’Dell led all scorers with 16 points, leading four Pittsburg players in double figures. Fellow seniors Jalen King and Fondren added 15 and 11 points respectively. FeDor Lomax chimed in with nine points.

Senior guard Colten Stanley and sophomore wing Aaron Bigando each scored 15 for Columbus (6-14, 0-8).

Pittsburg (12-8, 5-3) hosts Labette County on Tuesday.

Roelfs spent two seasons at the helm of the Columbus boys basketball program before taking on the Pittsburg job in 1999.

Roelfs’ Columbus teams went 16-25 overall, 8-12 one season and 8-13 his final season in Columbus.

During his first season (1999-2000) on the Purple Dragons' sideline, Pittsburg defeated Columbus 73-66 in overtime and Roelfs missed the game because his wife Melinda gave birth to their first child, son Drew, that night.

Fred Lundien scored 32 points against Pittsburg and Lundien joined the Pittsburg coaching staff this year; at the preseason coaches get together in November, Roelfs playfully teased Lundien about nearly ruining the night his first child was born.

Pittsburg girls 52, Columbus 33
PHS    17  13  10  12  — 52
COL     4    9    5   15  — 33
PITTSBURG (52) — Lizzy Willis 7 0-0 14, Skyler Muff 4 2-4 10, Katy Short 3 0-0 6, Mariah Forrest 3 0-0 6, Brianna Maxwell 2 1-2 5, Ashley Willis 2 0-0 4, Alaura Short 1 0-0 2, Katie Phalen 1 0-0 2, Bethanne Elliott 1 0-0 2, Mercedes Vogel 0 1-2 1. Totals: 24 4-8 52.
COLUMBUS (33) — Katrina Froebe 4 2-9 10, Madi Evans 3 2-2 9, Tera Spear 2 1-3 6, Haley Evans 2 1-2 5, Olivia Murdock 0 3-5 3. Totals: 11 9-21 33.
Turnovers — PHS 14, COL 17.

Pittsburg boys 74, Columbus 46
PHS    18  15  22  19  — 74
COL    16  13  11   6   — 46
PITTSBURG (74) — Dillon O’Dell 7 2-3 16, Jalen King 6 3-4 15, Tanner Ellis 4 0-0 11, Jornell Fondren 4 2-2 11, FeDor Lomax 4 1-1 9, Stefon Rich 3 0-0 6,  Andrew Joy 1 1-2 3, Joe Wimmer 1 0-0 2, Drew Lyons 0 1-2 1. Totals: 30 10-14 74.
COLUMBUS (46) — Colten Stanley 7 0-2 15, Aaron Bigando 6 2-2 15, Nathan Bole 3 1-2 8, Andre McLean 2 0-0 4, Zach Stover 1 0-0 2, Justin Graham 1 0-0 2, Andrew Teel 0 0-2 0. Totals: 20 3-8 46.