When the basketball season turns into the postseason, it all comes down to which teams hustle and which teams don’t.

When the basketball season turns into the postseason, it all comes down to which teams hustle and which teams don’t.

Unfortunately for the three-seed Colgan girls, six-seed Erie had a little more desire and hustle in the first round of the Class 3A substate playoffs, winning 48-40 on Colgan’s home court.

“We got outhustled tonight,” said Colgan head coach Abby Farabi, who described the game as a “tough loss.” “That’s the first time that’s happened all season. They wanted it more than we did. They had nothing to lose, and they deserved the win.”

The game was back-and-forth for the entire first half, as the two teams were tied at the end of the first and second quarters.

But the third quarter was completely different. Erie’s Katie Brungardt hit an old-fashioned three-point play and Christian Cornett added another shot to extend the lead to five before Bret McGuire hit two shots, including a three-pointer, both on assists from Kailey Cleaver. It all added up to a 10-0 run for Erie that Colgan never countered.

“We really locked in on defense,” said Erie coach Brianna Volmer. “We told the girls to focus on one defensive stop at a time. We had a few good looks at the basket, too. But all we talked about before the game and all we talked about at halftime were to get defensive stops. [Right after halftime] was when we buckled down.”

In the first quarter, it seemed like the game would be a battle of interior presence against outside shooting. Or more specifically, a battle of Erie’s McGuire against Colgan’s Taylor Bolinger. Bolinger had eight of her 12 points during the first quarter, while McGuire scored 10 of her 17 points en route to a double-double, ending the game with 13 rebounds, as well.

“[McGuire] had a really good game,” Farabi said. “But it seemed like we had a problem with everybdoy tonight. We’ve played better games, for sure. They wanted it more than we did. We came so far, and I’m really proud of these girls. We’re a young team, and we’ve got a lot to look forward to next year.”
Colgan also had 11 points from Brandee Main, and Erie had 12 points from Kailey Cleaver, which included five key free throws in the fourth quarter to help ice the game.

Erie (11-10) will advance to play the Caney Valley/Riverton winner at home on Friday.

Erie girls 48, St. Mary’s Colgan 40
EHS    16    7    14    11    —    48
SMC    16    7    3    14    —    40
ERIE (48) — Bret McGuire 8 0-0 17, Kailey Cleaver 3 6-8 12, Katie Brungardt 3 2-5 8, Emmalee Mitchell 2 1-2 5, Christian Cornett 2 0-0 4, Brittney Landell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 9-15 48.
COLGAN (40) — Taylor Bolinger 4 1-2 12, Brandee Main 4 2-2 11, Alex Minton 4 0-0 8, Mariah Klenke 2 0-0 4, Katie Kolarik 1 0-0 2, Amanda McBride 1 0-0 2, Nichole Kolarik 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16 4-6 40.