This was not the prettiest of games for the Pittsburg Purple Dragons. But the final score, a 28-22 win at Fort Scott, will do for Kim Peterson and the Pittsburg girls.

This was not the prettiest of games for the Pittsburg Purple Dragons. But the final score, a 28-22 win at Fort Scott, will do for Kim Peterson and the Pittsburg girls.

The game was not easy. In fact, neither team scored double digits in any quarter until the Dragons scored 12 in the fourth to clinch the game.

“In the second half, we picked up our on-the-ball pressure,” Peterson said. “A few trips we had where the back side help wasn’t there. [Fort Scott] played a great defense against us, and caused us not to score much, but we played great defense, too.”

At halftime, the score was just 10-8 in favor of the Purple Dragons. The score would not have been that good if not for the efforts of Lizzy Willis, who scored the first six points for Pittsburg. Willis and McKenzie Spresser would score quickly out of the halftime break to give the Dragons a six-point lead. Willis would tie for the team lead with eight points.

But the Tigers would fight back, tying the game up at 16 on the first field goal of the fourth quarter. That’s when Mercedes Vogel stepped up and hit her only shot of the game, a three-pointer that would give Pittsburg the lead for good.

“That was a big sigh of relief for us, getting us away from being tied,” Peterson said. “It was good for our spirits, as well.”

Down the stretch, Skyler Muff hit four of her eight points to stretch the Pittsburg lead to 27-20, the largest lead of the game before late free throws for both teams.

The defense was important for the Purple Dragons, as Fort Scott never scored more than eight points in any quarter.

“We talked about getting a little more pressure and making them go to their left a little bit. At least we tried not to let them get into the lane as easily in the second half. It helped us get the ball back on offense.”

Pittsburg (15-4, 5-2 SEK) will play at Columbus on Thursday to finish out the season. The win also helped the team to clinch the second seed in the substate pairings, meaning they will likely host either Columbus or Coffeyville next week.

Fort Scott was led on offense by Katren Rienbolt with six points.

Fort Scott boys 75, Pittsburg 58

Tyler Adams and Cameron Woodring combined for 50 points at home to avenge a loss earlier this season to Pittsburg.

When Pittsburg and Fort Scott squared off in early December, it was the Purple Dragons emerging from overtime with a 56-51 victory. In that game, the Adams-Woodring duo combined for 38 points.

Tuesday, both Adams and Woodring led a strong Fort Scott offensive attack that started hot and ended hot, making sure there would not be an overtime with a 75-58 win.

In the first quarter, the game was relatively close. Adams would score 10 of his team’s 19 points in the quarter, leading the Tigers to a 19-15 lead.

But Pittsburg would tie the game early in the second quarter. With a 24-23 lead, the Tigers closed out the half on a hot streak, outscoring the Dragons 14-2 to take a 39-25 lead at halftime.

“They forced a lot of turnovers. They converted every one of those into a lay-up. They got going and got in the flow,” said Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs. “Because they got to feeling good and confident, they started hitting threes. It started on our offensive end with the turnovers, and they took advantage of that.”
Pittsburg would try to battle back in the third quarter. Down 50-30, PHS went on a 7-0 run with two buckets from Drew Lyons to draw the lead down to 13.

But late in the game, Fort Scott hit its free throws, including eight of nine from the line from Woodring in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we got pretty good shots tonight,” Roelfs said. “I think we missed quite a few inside. We had too many turnovers. They shot the ball better than we did. They’re a tough team to beat when they’re making shots like that.”
Pittsburg (11-8, 4-3 SEK) will play Thursday at Columbus.

Fort Scott boys 75, Pittsburg 58
PHS    15    10    15     18    —    58
FSHS    19    20    14    22    —    75
PITTSBURG (58) — Jalen King 5 7-11 17, Dillon O’Dell 5 0-1 10, FeDor Lomax 3 0-0 6, Jornell Fondren 1 2-2 5, Stefon Rich 1 2-4 4, Dylan Gromer 0 4-4 4, Drew Lyons 2 0-0 4, Spencer Bernhart 1 0-0 3, Tanner Ellis 1 0-0 3, Joe Wimmer 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 15-22 58.
FORT SCOTT (75) — Tyler Adams 10 3-6 27, Cameron Woodring 6 8-9 23, Daniel Durbin 0 1-4 1, Matt Wright 2 0-0 4, Johnathan Stark 1 2-6 4, Kyle Altic 4 4-5 12, Brady Fink 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 18-30 75.

Pittsburg girls 28, Fort Scott 22
PHS    4    6    6    12    —    28
FSHS    3    5    6    8    —    22
PITTSBURG (28) — Lizzy Willis 4 0-0 8, Skyler Muff 3 2-7 8, McKenzie Spresser 1 1-4 3, Mercedes Vogel 1 0-0 3, Katy Short 1 0-0 2, Mariah Forrest 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 3-11 28.
FORT SCOTT (22) — Katren Rienbolt 2 2-4 6, Brianna Lawrece 1 2-4 4, Jillian Lattimer 2 0-0 4, Maddi Allen 1 0-0 3, Sidney Maycumber 1 0-2 2, Heather Karleskint 1 0-0 2, Mallory Shelton 0 1-2 1. Totals: 8 5-12 22.