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  • Local hoops teams have winning record going into 2013

  • Headed into the 2013 portion of the high school hoops schedule, Crawford County teams have combined for a 41-24 overall record — 22-10 on the girls side and 19-14 on the boys side.



    The girls teams have a combined .690 winning percentage and the boys stand at .580. Only two of the 12 teams have a losing record.

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  • Headed into the 2013 portion of the high school hoops schedule, Crawford County teams have combined for a 41-24 overall record — 22-10 on the girls side and 19-14 on the boys side.
    The girls teams have a combined .690 winning percentage and the boys stand at .580. Only two of the 12 teams have a losing record.
    GIRLS
    Pittsburg started its season 4-0 with victories over Louisburg 53-52, Girard 55-51, Parsons 64-43 and Independence 41-34.
    This start (best in Crawford County) has Pittsburg ranked No. 6 in Class 4A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
    Key players have been seniors Lizzy Willis and Alaura Short.
    Willis averages 13.3 points and she achieved double-doubles against Girard and Independence — 13 points and 19 rebounds against Girard, 20 points and 16 rebounds against Independence.
    Short, who scored all of 10 points the previous season, scored more than that with 12 alone in the first quarter against Girard. She finished with a career-high 27 against Girard and came back with 24 against Parsons, giving her back-to-back games of 20-plus points. Foul trouble limited Short to six points against Independence and dropped her scoring average to 16.0 from 19.3.
    Pittsburg faces Coffeyville on Friday night, its first game since Dec. 14.
    The Golden Tornado, under first-year head coach Eric Staton, started its season 3-4 and features the explosive Devin Cosper, the junior guard who averages 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 steals.
    It has been raining 3-pointers for the 5-1 Girard Trojans this season, predominantly from senior point guard Hadyn Herlocker and junior guard Carly Heatherly.
    Herlocker and Heatherly alone have combined for 43 3-point goals and senior Jenna Schroeder’s five give the Trojans their 48 total.
    Girard averages eight 3-point goals per game, scoring 24 of their 57.5 points per game from long range.
    Herlocker averages 24.2 points and Heatherly 11.0. Heatherly almost defines specialist — 63 of her 66 points scored this season have come on 3-point goals. Herlocker needs 56 for 1,000 career points.
    Senior guard Hope McLeod scored a career high 14 points against Parsons, the final game before the holiday break.
    Girard, ranked No. 8 in 4A, faces a tough challenge Friday night in Chanute, a team 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Southeast Kansas League.
    The Blue Comets, one of the eight best volleyball teams in 4A this past season, applies some of the same advantages to basketball.
    Senior guard Brenna Olson leads the way with 12.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
    Senior guard-forward Darian Rubow and her 7.8 scoring average leads another three players averaging over 7.0 per contest, followed by sophomore Macy Flowers (7.1) and senior Shelby Trout (7.0).
    Flowers, a dominating presence on the volleyball court with her 6-foot-3 frame, averages 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
    Head coach Dustin Fox plays freshmen Anna Bagshaw, Paige Kidwell and Madi Rollins in addition to the veterans.
    Page 2 of 3 - Chanute lost its only game to Burlington, 60-37. The Burlington girls, state runner-ups last year, are ranked No. 5 in 3A.
    Crawford County records: Pittsburg 4-0, Girard 5-1, Frontenac 4-1, Southeast 4-2, Colgan 3-2, Northeast 2-4.
    Friday night schedule: Pittsburg at Coffeyville, Girard at Chanute, Frontenac at Lamar (Mo.), Northeast at Southeast, Columbus at Colgan, Fort Scott at Independence, Labette County at Parsons, Chetopa at Altoona-Midway, Crest at Marmaton Valley, Oswego at Jayhawk-Linn, Uniontown at Erie, Riverton at Baxter Springs, McAuley Catholic at Galena.
    BOYS
    Colgan ended December with a 4-1 record, coming back from a halftime deficit against Seneca (Mo.) for a 43-42 win. Sophomore forward Austin Commons drained a game-winning 3 with 1.8 seconds remaining.
    In two early wins over Frontenac (66-54) and Jasper (50-40), senior forward Dyson Dechant went for 27 and 23 points, respectively, but in the final two games of December, Dechant averaged 11.5 points against Carl Junction (Mo.) and Seneca. Players like Commons and Christian Cedeno will be vital this season when defenses focus on taking out Dechant.
    The one out-of-character night was a 84-52 loss to Carl Junction. Travis Vogt had 29 points, 10 assists and four rebounds for the Bulldogs, who took advantage of 28 Colgan turnovers.
    Colgan plays its first 2013 game Friday night against Columbus, a nonleague game against the newest member of the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League. Columbus also owns a 4-1 record.
    With three schools ranked in the top 10 of Class 4A (No. 3 Independence, No. 6 Coffeyville, No. 10 Labette County), it could be an interesting race for the SEK League crown.
    Pittsburg could be in a six-team mix — in addition to Independence, Coffeyville and Labette County, Chanute (4-3 overall, including a 52-51 win over Coffeyville on Dec. 20) and Fort Scott (despite a 1-5 record, do not underestimate the Tigers in January, February and possibly March) should be in the middle of the double round-robin melee.
    Key for Pittsburg will be for its ballhandlers to limit their miscues and to be able to work the ball inside to senior post Stefon Rich (6-8) and senior forward FeDor Lomax (6-3), who can pose a definite advantage.
    Pittsburg committed 28 turnovers against Independence, its only loss (58-36) during a 4-1 December start.
    The Purple Dragons travel to Coffeyville on Friday night — a matchup pitting the inside strength of Pittsburg (Rich, Lomax) against the speedy perimeter scoring of Coffeyville (5-9 senior guard Darren Lewis, 5-10 junior guard James Newton). Coffeyville gave Labette County a 72-69 loss on Dec. 11, behind 26 points from Lewis and 22 from Newton — Lewis scored 11 in the first and 13 in the fourth quarter.
    Labette County handed Independence its first loss on Dec. 18, 48-47. Independence, Coffeyville, Labette County, Chanute and Pittsburg all have one loss in league play. Only the Vikings of Parsons have not won a league game.
    Page 3 of 3 - Crawford County records: Colgan 4-1, Pittsburg 4-1, Girard 3-3, Northeast 3-3, Southeast 3-3, Frontenac 2-3.
    Friday night schedule: Pittsburg at Coffeyville, Girard at Chanute, Frontenac at Lamar (Mo.), Northeast at Southeast, Columbus at Colgan, Fort Scott at Independence, Labette County at Parsons, Chetopa at Altoona-Midway, Crest at Marmaton Valley, Oswego at Jayhawk-Linn, Uniontown at Erie, Riverton at Baxter Springs, McAuley Catholic at Galena.
    Kansas prep superstars Semi Ojeleye (Ottawa) and Conner Frankamp (Wichita North) recently signed with Division I powerhouses, Ojeleye with Duke and Frankamp with Kansas.
    Ojeleye, a versatile wing (6-6) who played all five positions for the Ottawa Cyclones last season, averaged nearly 33.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in leading Ottawa to a Class 4A state runner-up finish.
    Kansas, Kansas State, Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon and Indiana were all interested in Ojeyele.
    Ojeleye scored a career-high 50 points against Spring Hill.
    At last report, Frankamp was averaging 35.0 points for the Redskins, an improvement from 32.3 his junior year, 27.2 his sophomore year and 16.0 his freshman year. His 257 career 3-point goals — counting his total makes alone, not the other two points on each 3 — are more points than some players have over an entire career.

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