Two stats are relevant to the season of the Pittsburg High School girls basketball team so far: 1-32 and 67-36.



During coach Tom Hubbard’s time at Pittsburg High as head coach of the girls basketball team, including this season, his teams have a combined 1-32 record against Labette County, Girard, Fort Scott and Chanute.

Two stats are relevant to the season of the Pittsburg High School girls basketball team so far: 1-32 and 67-36.

During coach Tom Hubbard’s time at Pittsburg High as head coach of the girls basketball team, including this season, his teams have a combined 1-32 record against Labette County, Girard, Fort Scott and Chanute.

Pittsburg’s five opponents have outscored the Purple Dragons 67-36 in the second quarter; Pittsburg did outscore Fort Scott, 7-6.

The Purple Dragons opened their season with SEK preseason No. 1 Labette County and jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as Skyler Muff, Lizzy Willis and McKenzie Spresser all made baskets.

Labette County maintained its composure and took its first lead at 12-10 near the end of the first quarter, on two layups by Chelsea Nalley.

Pittsburg outscored Labette County in the second half, 15-11, but a 16-7 Labette County second quarter advantage and 28-17 halftime lead proved too large a deficit to overcome as the team lost, 39-32. Muff ended with a team-high 12 points as she made 8 of 13 free throws.

“We came out in the second half and kept our poise,” Hubbard said. “We stayed in the game. We missed some easy shots. Our team had the opportunities.”

43-38 L vs. Girard
Girard point guard Hadyn Herlocker and her quick teammates helped put Muff in foul trouble, as Muff often guarded the much shorter Herlocker on the perimeter, and Girard shot 15 more free throws than Pittsburg (28-13).

Pittsburg took a 15-6 lead after putting together a 15-2 first-quarter run. Lizzy Willis scored seven first-quarter points on the way to a game-high 16 points; her 16 points came on a combination of pullup shots in transition, inside baskets and two free throws.

“That’s Lizzy,” Hubbard said. “She’s a very good player. She’s young, but she’s played a lot of basketball.”

Coach Hubbard felt Pittsburg had enough bodies to contend with Girard’s team speed and perimeter-oriented offensive attack.

“My main concern was defending what they do,” Hubbard said. “We didn’t do a good job on (Kenzie) Dunlap. She hit a couple of open 3-point shots.”

Girard made six more free throws than Pittsburg and won by five, 43-38.

26-23 L at Fort Scott
Spresser arguably had the best game of her season against the Tigers, scoring a team-high nine points and she made the first two 3-point shots of the season for Pittsburg. Hunter Powers finished with six points; Spresser and Powers combined for 15 of Pittsburg’s season-low 23 points.

Fort Scott’s Megan McDermed scored a game-high 10 and she led Fort Scott on a 6-0 run with a basket of her own and two feeds to Mallory Shelton for layups, accounting for the final deficit of six points (29-23).

55-48 L vs. Chanute
A discrepancy in free throw shooting again cost the Pittsburg girls: Chanute shot 17 of 27 and Pittsburg shot 10 of 16 free throws in a 55-48 ballgame.

Chanute’s left-handed point guard Mackenzey Sutcliffe alone shot 10 of 12 free throws and ended with a game-high 20 points. Coach Hubbard attributed Chanute’s free throw advantage to poor Purple Dragon defense.

“We didn’t play very good defense, not like we had the first three games,” Hubbard said. “That’s an inclination of us not moving our feet, using our hands and making silly reach-in fouls.”

The Pittsburg bench, led by inside player Mariah Forrest, scored 28 of Pittsburg’s 48 total points. Forrest scored a team-high 10, Rashelle Hall added seven and Ashley Willis scored six points.

“She’s (Forrest) tough inside,” Hubbard said. “She’s good at keeping things alive.

“Our bench gave us a good spark. Our bench play is doing what it needs to do.”

43-35 L at Arkansas City
Arkansas City guard Rakiyah Taylor dominated Pittsburg, scoring a game-high 25 points on a variety of shots and spoiling Pittsburg’s chances for its first win of the 2010-11 season.

Muff led Pittsburg with 12 points and 13 rebounds, her second double-double of the season, as Pittsburg outrebounded Arkansas City, 34-21.

Freshman Mercedes Vogel, in her varsity debut, provided a spark for Pittsburg and showed a little bit of what may be in store for Pittsburg’s basketball present and future by scoring nine points (2 of 4 3-point shooting) and making five steals.