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Morning Sun
  • Colgan, Lancers split victories

  • The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers remained perfect in league play by defeating the Southeast Lancers 48-40 to improve to 3-0 in the CNC league. The victory improved the Panthers’ record to 12-3.

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  • The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers remained perfect in league play by defeating the Southeast Lancers 48-40 to improve to 3-0 in the CNC league. The victory improved the Panthers’ record to 12-3.
    Luke Marquardt scored 15 points while Dyson Dechant had 14.
    Head coach Wayne Cichon was pleased with his team, especially on defense, but did not hesitate to point out some of his offense’s flaws in the first half.
    “Our defense was really outstanding at times tonight,” Cichon said. “On offense, we made some silly passes that resulted in turnovers from silly decisions. I can remember situations where we pulled into a turnover and those are things that we talk about all the time.”
    There were numerous turnovers from the Panthers in the first half.
    “We dribbled into more turnovers and four of them should not have happened,” Cichon said. “It’s a learning experience but I’m really pleased with the way we played defense.”
    Colgan got off to a fast start, taking a seven-point lead at the end of the first. The gap stayed at around seven throughout the second quarter before a last second surge put the Panthers on top by 10 at the half.
    The Lancers refused to go away, going on a 4-0 run to start the second half, causing a timeout to be called.
    A 3-pointer by Travis Trayer for Southeast narrowed the score to 30-25 before an inside jumper brought it to 30-27.
    Colgan increased their lead to 12 but Southeast responded again with an outside shot by Josh Thompson.
    The Panthers’ lead went from nine to six in the fourth until Marquardt scored off a tip-in. Marquardt and Thompson both traded baskets late as one would score after each other.
    Thompson scored off a reverse layup before Marquardt responded with his own field goal.
    The Panthers went to a 14-point lead and the best Southeast could do for the remainder was cut the spread to eight points.
    One of the advantages Colgan had was by taking a few risks to fool the defense, which should be beneficiary come sub-state.  
    “This is going to feel like a sub-state situation, maybe with the score even closer,” Cichon said. “I said ‘We got to take care of the ball and we got to spread them out. Make them come out and take gambles and we’ll get wide open layups.’”
    Colgan were strong in the first half when it came to scoring even though some of the players started looking exhausted early.
    “We shot the ball in that first quarter pretty well and I think we were very tired at that point,” Cichon said. “So that was a good sign being able to make those shots, when you’re tired it’s really important because there are going to be games where you don’t get a chance to get a dead ball.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Travis Trayer and Daniel Peak both led the Lancers in scoring with eight points each.
    Next up for the Panthers will be a Tuesday off this week before facing Baxter Springs on Friday in another league contest.
    “I keep saying our league is pretty darn tough and when they compete outside our league, they do a good job and when we get inside our league, we know each other so well that it’s hard to come up with something new,” Cichon said. “I think we did tonight on a couple of occasions, we threw in some new inbounds plays that we capitalized on.”
    Southeast girls 44, Colgan 36
    The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers could not find the lead in the second half, losing 44-36 to the Southeast Lancers.
    After a defensive start from both teams, the Panthers took an early 8-4 lead before the Lancers went on a 6-0 run to take a two-point lead and not look back.
    Both teams struggled offensively in the first half and turnovers did not help the cause as both teams had 32 total.
    A Tesa Robin steal which resulted in a lay-up, gave the Lancers a 14-9 advantage while Amy Martin drew an early third foul with a reach in call and saw very limited playing time in the first half. She ended up with 12 points for the night.
    After a 4-0 run by Martin, the Lancers were down by five in the second quarter before a field goal by Rylie Dainty made it 20-13 at the half. Dainty would score eight points.
    The Panthers faced a 24-15 deficit early in the third. Taylor Bollinger scored the game’s first 3-pointer to narrow the score to 26-20.
    Mariah Klenke was the leading scorer for the Panthers, finishing with 11 points. Halee Pace and Nichole Kolarik both had six.
    The Panthers were able to keep the deficit at four points for most of the second half but the Lancers kept finding a way to get ahead.  
    The Lancers got off to a rocky start in the fourth quarter, surrendering the ball three straight times, one of which included a jump ball before the Panthers were called for a five-second violation to give possession right back to the Lancers.
    Southeast led 40-32 with less than three minutes in the game and held on.
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