|
|
|
Morning Sun
  • PHS jumps out early, controls game v. Parsons

  • The Pittsburg boys seized control of the game early on during their Southeast Kansas League opener Tuesday night against Parsons.



    Pittsburg scored the first 14 points and led 16-2 after one quarter en route to a 54-35 win.

    • email print
  • The Pittsburg boys seized control of the game early on during their Southeast Kansas League opener Tuesday night against Parsons.
    Pittsburg scored the first 14 points and led 16-2 after one quarter en route to a 54-35 win.
    “I thought our guys were really locked in on the defensive end,” Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “I thought we did a good job of making sure they didn’t get easy looks. That’s a team that’s struggled a little bit offensively up to this point so we wanted to make sure that we challenged everything that they got offensively and we didn’t give them a chance to get their heads up and get their confidence. I was really pleased with our level of focus and intensity on the defensive end.”
    Although Pittsburg finished with 23 turnovers, 13 came in the fourth quarter and the Purple Dragons had 13 assists on 23 made field goals.
    “I thought our defense carried over into the offensive end,” Roelfs said. “We were really good at sharing the basketball tonight. We’ve talked a lot about playing hard, smart and together and that’s kind of a cliché but it’s something we use quite a bit. I thought our guys did a good job of that for the most part. We’ve still got a lot of things to work on but I thought, to this point, that’s as close as we’ve come to doing those three things in the same game.”
    Pittsburg, once again, utilized its size advantage with a combined 32 points from senior post Stefon Rich and senior forward FeDor Lomax, 17 from Rich and 15 from Lomax.
    Senior guard Tanner Ellis added 11 points and senior guard Spencer Bernhardt led with four assists. Fellow senior Blerim Selimi led with seven rebounds and senior guard Montrel Boyd wowed the crowd with four points on a pair of bank shots. Sophomore forward Shane Moore scored his first varsity points and grabbed three rebounds late in the fourth.
    Parsons senior guard Craig Beachner, who scored the first Viking points with 37 seconds left in the first quarter, finished with 10 points.
    Pittsburg lost the JV game 54-49, despite double-digit nights from freshman Dylan Untereker (14) and sophomore Dante Richardson (11). Parsons won the freshman game 40-34 and Kyle Smith led Pittsburg with 16.
    Pittsburg (3-0, 1-0 SEK) hosts Independence on Friday night.
    Pittsburg girls 64, Parsons 43
    Pittsburg head coach Kim Peterson-O’Bray was not pleased with her team despite a 21-point win, especially distressed by 29 turnovers.
    “That’s more than double our allowed turnovers per game,” Peterson-O’Bray said. “There’s definitely a correlation between the more you turn the ball over, the less you have a chance to score. Obviously, that was not good.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Pittsburg broke open a 12-10 lead after one quarter with an impressive 27-11 second quarter, when PHS ballhandlers totaled only five turnovers and Parsons committed 14. At halftime, Parsons had 21 points and 23 turnovers and the Vikings finished with 39 miscues.
    A key difference in the game was free throw shooting — Pittsburg outscored Parsons 16-4 on free throws and Pittsburg shot 84 percent, Parsons 27.
    “That was one of the only bright lights of the evening,” Peterson-O’Bray said. “The past couple games, we hadn’t reached our free throw mark. That’s a silver lining.”
    Alaura Short led Pittsburg with 24 points, her second consecutive game above 20. Bethanne Elliott had 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists, Lizzy Willis 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, Katy Short eight points, two rebounds and five assists, and Mercedes Vogel six points and two assists. All five starters scored at least six points.
    Kenya Kelly, a sophomore, led Parsons with 14 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Shay Kelly added 12 points.
    The Pittsburg JV won 41-31 behind 12 points from Catherine McNeely (all on 3-point shots), seven from Megan Davis and six from Kailey Curtis.
    Pittsburg won its 20th game in 25 tries under second-year head coach Peterson-O’Bray, starting out 3-0 after a 17-5 season last year. The Purple Dragons improve to 1-0 in SEK League play.
        • »  EVENTS CALENDAR