Just as the Pittsburg boy’s basketball team got a sizable lead over Fort Scott, the Tigers found a way to crawl back in.

Just as the Pittsburg boy’s basketball team got a sizable lead over Fort Scott, the Tigers found a way to crawl back in.
But, in the end, the Dragons found a way to get past Fort Scott 46-42 on Friday night at the PHS gym.
“We managed to get it done after they battled back,” said PHS head coach Kiley Roelfs.
Pittsburg (8-4, 5-3 SEK) did not shoot well from the line, going just 7 of 22, including 1 of 10 in the second half.
“It felt like it,” Roelfs said. “I’m just glad we hit the few at the end.”
Fort Scott (6-6, 5-3 SEK), who was coming off a loss at Parsons on Thursday night, relied on three point goals to keep them in the game.
Gary Floyd connected on five of the Tigers’ eight three point goals for the game as the Dragons tried to keep post player Alex Barner out of the inside.
Pittsburg post Miles Crowley, coupled with Jordan Bicknell and Zach Younge, contained Barner to just 10 points for the game.
“One of the biggest things was for us to keep Barner out of the paint,” Roelfs said. “I think, for the most part, we got that done.”
But, Fort Scott was able to cut the Dragon lead on several occasions on the backs of Floyd’s three point goals.
“We’ve gotten into a pattern where we are getting behind and trying to rally late,” said Fort Scott head coach Jeff De La Torre.
The Dragons started hot in the beginning of each of the four quarters, building up as much as a nine-point lead in the third quarter, only to watch Fort Scott whittle away at the lead down the stretch.
“I think we came out of each quarter looking very sharp,” Roelfs said. “That had a lot to do with our focus.”
Even though the Dragons struggled from the foul line, they were able to get one from Jordan Elliott to push the lead to 46-42 with just seconds remaining to close out the game.
The loss avenged an earlier 21-point loss at Fort Scott in December.

Fort Scott girls 35-21
The Pittsburg girl’s basketball team had a stretch of over 11 minutes without a point and 15 minutes without a field goal during their game with Fort Scott on Friday night.
The end result was a 35-21 win for the Tigers (8-3, 7-0 SEK), who kept a slight lead in the Southeast Kansas League with the victory.
The Dragons (4-8, 1-7 SEK) kept pace with Fort Scott in the first quarter and, held an 11-7 lead but, the Tigers got back-to-back buckets from Kori Page Rienbolt and Jolee Sharp to tie the game at the end of the quarter.
But, Pittsburg was just 0 of 6 from the field in the second quarter as the Tigers took an 18-11 lead into halftime.
“The second quarter really hurt us,” said PHS head coach Tom Hubbard. “When you are on defense over and over, that will make a difference.
“We missed several shots that we have made before and will make again.”
Kristina Willis picked up the Dragons’ only points in the third quarter — seven to be exact — but Pittsburg did not get a field goal until she hit a lay-up with 1 minute, 18 seconds left in the quarter. Their last field goal came with 43 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Defensively, the Dragons did force 16 turnovers for Fort Scott in the loss.
“I thought, defensively, that may have been one of our better games,” Hubbard said.
Willis led the Dragons with nine points while Rienbolt led all scorers with 16. This was also the first game in three where Sharp did not score 20 against the Dragons.
Fort Scott defeated the Dragons’ junior varsity team 30-16 as Mariah Forrest had eight points for the Dragons.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140

Fort Scott girls 35, Pittsburg 21
PITTSBURG (21) — Kristina Willis 2 7-5 9, Stephanie Camp 2 0-0 6, Hannah Wolgamott 2 0-0 4, Brittany Zimmerman 1 0-0 2. Totals: 7 5-7 21.
FORT SCOTT (35) — Kori Page Rienbolt 8 0-1 16, Jolee Sharp 5 1-2 11, Monica Dikeman 2 0-0 6, Sammi Therwhanger 0 2-4 2, Megan McDermed 0 0-2 0. Totals: 15 3-9 35.
Fort Scott    11   7   13   4 — 35
Pittsburg    11   0    7    3 — 21
3-point goals — PHS 2 (Camp 2), Fort Scott 2 (Dikeman 2). Turnovers — PHS 22, Fort Scott 16. Total fouls — PHS 14, Fort Scott 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.
Pittsburg boys 46, Fort Scott 42
PITTSBURG (46) — Jordan Elliott 5 3-7 13, Jordan Bicknell 5 0-0 10, Blake Wilson 3 1-4 9, Miles Crowley 3 0-1 6, Josh Reed 1 2-2 5, Zach Younge 1 1-8 3. Totals: 18 7-22 46.
FORT SCOTT (42) — Gary Floyd 6 2-2 19, Alex Barner 4 2-2 10, Mikey Karleskint 2 0-0 6, Brandon Boyd 1 2-2 4, Cory Schenkel 1 0-0 3. Totals: 14 6-6 42.
Fort Scott     8    15    9    10 — 42
Pittsburg    10   14   10   12 — 46
3-point goals — PHS 3 (Wilson 2, Reed 1), Fort Scott 8 (Floyd 5, Karleskint 2, Schenkel 1). Turnovers — PHS 10, Fort Scott 17. Total fouls — PHS 10, Fort Scott 20. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.