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  • BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Pittsburg sweeps Columbus; Colgan wins two

  • The Pittsburg girls rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 53-34 rout Friday night of their former Southeast Kansas League rivals Columbus, leading 28-10 at halftime en route to a convincing victory.

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  • The Pittsburg girls rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 53-34 rout Friday night of their former Southeast Kansas League rivals Columbus, leading 28-10 at halftime en route to a convincing victory.
    Alaura Short led all scorers with 15 points and Pittsburg had contributions in the scoring column from all parts of the lineup: 10 points from Bethanne Elliott, six from Lizzy Willis, six from Katy Short, five from Ashlee Beitzinger, four from Sam Bollinger, three from Mercedes Vogel, two from Katie Phalen and two from Brianna Maxwell.
    Meanwhile, Columbus had no scorer reach double figures — Katrina Froebe had nine points and Olivia Murdock added eight.
    Pittsburg (6-1) hosts St. James Academy for a varsity-JV girls only doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m. today with the JV first, varsity second.
    In the JV girls game Friday night, Pittsburg won 25-21 behind seven points from Tyler Lynn and six from Morgan Plank.
    Pittsburg won the boys contest 60-43.
    Colgan sweeps Wichita Defenders
    The Colgan boys won 73-52 with nine players scoring at least five points and the Colgan girls won 60-46 with two seniors leading the cause with 19 points apiece, Mariah Klenke and Nichole Kolarik.
    In the boys game, Austin Commons led Colgan with 14 points, Luke Marquardt added 12 and Dyson Dechant had 11. Grant Normand added seven, C.J. Russell and Tieler Commons six, and Ian Duncan, Christian Cedeno, and Conner Dayton with five apiece.
    Kramer Ammons led the Defenders with 20 points and Jerod Martin and Hayden Wilkins each added 10.
    The Panthers rebounded from a loss on Tuesday to Nevada, Mo., and improved to 6-2 headed into Tournament Week.
    With sophomore point guard Alex Minton not available Friday night, head coach Abby Farabi said that Kolarik stepped up at the point and not only with her 19 points.
    Meanwhile, Farabi said that Klenke played her best game in the two years Farabi has been the head coach of the high school girls basketball team.
    Fellow senior Taylor Bolinger added 11 points on three 3-point shots.
    Both Colgan teams (girls now 4-3) play Bronaugh, Mo., on Tuesday in the Tony Dubray Classic.
    Frontenac sweeps Uniontown
    UNIONTOWN — The Frontenac boys won 56-41 and the girls won 60-23, continuing winning streaks for both teams headed into Tournament Week. Frontenac debuts its own invitational tournament on Thursday.
    The Frontenac boys had more of that balanced scoring going on Friday night with double-digit nights from Dylan Clark (13), Avery Coronado (13) and Brett Macary (12). Ross Edge and Matt Standlee added seven points apiece — 52 points were scored by the combination of five Raiders.
    Brenton Esslinger led the Eagles with 12 points.
    The Frontenac boys improve to 5-3 and the girls are now 7-1.
    Page 2 of 2 - Riverton sweeps Northeast
    RIVERTON — The Riverton boys won 67-31 and the girls won 46-27 Friday night on the Rams’ Homecoming.
    In the boys contest, Antonio Slingluff led Northeast with eight points and three Vikings finished with six apiece — Seth Chandler, Drew Mills and Noah Popejoy. The Vikings were outscored 14-4 in the first and 27-5 in the fourth, as the Rams improved to 7-2 headed into Tournament Week.
    Northeast plays next week in the Tony Dubray Classic and Riverton plays in the Kansas National Guard Invitational.
    Southeast girls lose to Galena
    CHEROKEE — Southeast dropped a heartbreaker at home to Galena, 40-38.
    Amy Martin led all scorers with 14 points and Rylie Dainty added eight for the Lancers. Olivia Powell and Tessa Robin also had six and five, respectively.
    No Galena players scored in double figures but the Bulldogs scored enough points to hang on for the road win.
    Southeast (5-3) begins play in the Lancer Classic on Tuesday.
    Baxter Springs splits with Neodesha
    BAXTER SPRINGS — The Baxter Springs girls won 53-25 and the Neodesha boys won 59-47.
    Nina Spence led the Baxter girls with 18 points, Aleigh Grimes added 13 and Blake Burns had 12 for the Lions. The Bluestreaks were led by the nine points of Megan Littau.
    Justice Baird led Neodesha with a game-high 20 points in the boys contest. John Garcia and Chase Kitch added 13 and 11 respectively in the victory.
    Nick Abernathy paced Baxter with 12 points.
    Baxter Springs plays next week in the Kansas National Guard Invitational and Neodesha plays in the Wilson County Classic.

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