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Morning Sun
  • Pittsburg sweeps on Homecoming

  • Pittsburg head girls basketball coach Kim Peterson said that she would rather win ugly than lose pretty and the Pittsburg girls won ugly Friday night in a 37-25 triumph over the Chanute Blue Comets on Homecoming, overcoming 19 turnovers, 14 of them after halftime.

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  • Pittsburg head girls basketball coach Kim Peterson said that she would rather win ugly than lose pretty and the Pittsburg girls won ugly Friday night in a 37-25 triumph over the Chanute Blue Comets on Homecoming, overcoming 19 turnovers, 14 of them after halftime.
    “Yeah, I was disappointed with our turnovers,” Peterson said. “We had a ridiculous amount in the fourth quarter tonight, but fortunately we did enough things right to hold on for the win.”
    Chanute forward Darian Rubow split a pair of free throws, narrowing the Pittsburg lead to 30-25 with 1:28 remaining in the game. That point was the final point for the Blue Comets and Pittsburg closed the door shut with seven unanswered points.
    Shooting 1-and-1, Pittsburg senior forward Skyler Muff swished the front end and missed the back end. However, she followed her own miss, attacked the ball, grabbed it, elevated for a shot and then dished to a wide-open Lizzy Willis for a layup and 33-25 lead. Muff later made both ends of another 1-and-1 for a 10-point lead with 33.7 ticks left.
    “Those plays were big,” Peterson said. “We definitely needed those plays. We couldn’t just hold onto the ball and let the clock run out. We had to continue attacking when the opportunies were there and we did that. We were able to extend that lead and win by 12.”
    Muff scored eight of her team-high 10 points in the fourth. Willis added eight and Mariah Forrest seven points for a Purple Dragon frontline with 27 points, adding in Brianna Maxwell’s two points.
    Brenna Olson led Chanute with 10 points and freshman post Macy Flowers added six before second-half foul trouble limited her effectiveness. Flowers, listed at 6-foot-2 in the game program, must have grown since those programs were made because she was taller than the 6-2 Muff.
    Pittsburg (13-3, 3-1 SEK) faces Parsons on Tuesday — the Vikings are 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the SEK after defeating Columbus 67-47 on Friday and the Vikings are tied with the Grizzlies of Labette County at the top of the SEK League standings.
    Pittsburg boys 53, Chanute 49
    Down 46-35 entering the fourth quarter after being outscored 25-15 in the third quarter and seemingly being outhustled for every loose ball and every rebound by Chanute, Pittsburg turned it around with a 18-3 final quarter — forcing six Chanute turnovers and making several big shots, including 3-pointers by Joe Wimmer and Drew Lyons.
    “We were in a funk,” Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “We were frustrated there’s no doubt, we had guys trying to force things. You tip your cap to Chanute. They did a good job of making us feel that way. It felt like there for a long time we couldn’t get anything to go our way. We weren’t getting breaks, but I felt like they were playing in such a way they created their own breaks. We weren’t doing enough to create our own breaks.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We probably waited as long as you could possibly wait until we finally got that shot of energy. We finally knocked down a shot or two from the perimeter and then you could tell that elevated our energy. It carried over into the defensive end and I think our pressure made them turn it over a few times. I’m really pleased with our kids for finding a way.”
    Dillon O’Dell, who had 12 of his 18 points in the first half, gave Pittsburg a 51-49 lead with a dribble-drive and finish. The Purple Dragons, in fact, scored the final 11 points after Chanute guard Jack Martin split two free throws for a 49-42 Blue Comet lead with 3:53 remaining. O’Dell closed out the scoring with two free throws, shooting 6-for-6 at the foul line on Homecoming.
    Jalen King and FeDor Lomax each had eight points for Pittsburg (10-6, 3-1).
    Chanute big man Brock Gilmore scored 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter. Senior post Quinton Schooley and freshman guard Derek Sharp finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Senior point guard Brandon Bell added seven.
    Pittsburg girls 37, Chanute 25
    CHS    4  7  8  6  — 25
    PHS    8 11 5 13 — 37
    CHANUTE (25) — Brenna Olson 3 2-4 10, Macy Flowers 3 0-0 6, Darian Rubow 2 1-2 5, Dani Rubow 1 0-0 2, Bailey Erikson 0 1-2 1, Morgan Olson 0 1-4 1, Shelbi Trout 0 0-1 0. Totals: 9 5-13 25.
    PITTSBURG (37) — Skyler Muff 3 4-6 10, Lizzy Willis 3 2-4 8, Mariah Forrest 2 3-4 7, Katy Short 0 4-4 4, Mackenzie Spresser 1 0-2 3, Mercedes Vogel 1 1-3 3, Brianna Maxwell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 14-23 37.
    Turnovers — CHS 15, PHS 19.
    Pittsburg JV 43, Chanute 31. Katy Short 12, Alaura Short 8.
    Chanute freshmen 27, Pittsburg 26. Catherine McNeely 17.
    Pittsburg boys 53, Chanute 49
    CHS    10  11 25  3  — 49
    PHS    12   8  15 18 — 53
    CHANUTE (49) — Brock Gilmore 7 3-3 17, Quinton Schooley 5 2-2 12, Derek Sharp 4 2-2 10, Brandon Bell 2 3-5 7, Caleb Dietsch 1 0-0 2, Jack Martin 0 1-2 1. Totals: 19 11-14 49.
    PITTSBURG (53) — Dillon O’Dell 6 6-6 18, Jalen King 4 0-1 8, FeDor Lomax 3 2-3 8, Drew Lyons 2 0-0 6, Joe Wimmer 1 2-4 5, Stefon Rich 2 0-0 4, Jornell Fondren 1 1-2 4. Totals: 19 11-16 53.
    Turnovers — CHS 17, PHS 21.
    Pittsburg JV 70, Chanute 41. FeDor Lomax 16, Spencer Bernhardt 13.
    Pittsburg freshmen 59, Chanute 36. Shane Moore 19, Micah Hashman 17.

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