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  • No home games tonight for local hoops teams

  • Not a single home game tonight for Crawford County high schools.

    Pittsburg heads for Parsons. Southeast plays former Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League member Erie over in Neosho County (there’s no ‘N’ school in the CNC anymore). Girard boogies down Highway 69 for showdowns with Baxter Springs.

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  • Not a single home game tonight for Crawford County high schools.
    Pittsburg heads for Parsons. Southeast plays former Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League member Erie over in Neosho County (there’s no ‘N’ school in the CNC anymore). Girard boogies down Highway 69 for showdowns with Baxter Springs.
    Northeast heads north by northwest for Moran and Marmaton Valley — only road games left for the Vikings this season. Frontenac travels to Columbus, starting a four-game road stand for the Raiders which culminates in a jaunt to Coffeyville. Colgan remains idle until Homecoming on Friday against Baxter — keep an eye out for Colgan head coaches Wayne Cichon and Abby Farabi scouting a future opponent somewhere.
    The Pittsburg girls returned to the win column last Friday night against Columbus, 43-39. It was not a Southeast Kansas League contest but the win ended a four-game losing streak (Santa Fe Trail, Sabetha, Chanute, Fort Scott) dating back to a win over Labette County in the Burlington Invitational.
    “I guess it didn’t matter how it came,” Pittsburg head coach Kim Peterson-O’Bray said. “We wanted a W no matter what and we got it even though it was real ugly at times. We’ll take the W for sure. We’ve got one full month left before postseason starts and hopefully, we can get on a roll.”
    Pittsburg faces a young Parsons squad 1-14 overall, 0-8 SEK on the season.
    In the first meeting this season, Pittsburg won 64-43 at home behind 24 points by Alaura Short and 10 points apiece by Lizzy Willis and Bethanne Elliott. Elliott had 10 rebounds, two blocks, one steals and two assists. Willis had four rebounds, six steals and three assists. Peterson-O’Bray was incensed by 27 Pittsburg turnovers; Parsons committed nearly 40 turnovers.
    First place Fort Scott, winners of 10 of 11 games, will be idle tonight with a 10-5 record, 6-1 SEK. The Tigers assumed first place of the SEK with a 60-48 win over Labette County last Friday. Labette County (8-6, 6-2 SEK) and Chanute (13-3, 6-2) remain ahead of Pittsburg (9-5, 3-3).
    The Pittsburg boys (8-6, 2-4) won both their games at home last week against Fort Scott (58-52) and Columbus (66-42).
    “We talked to our guys all year about trying to get better and trying to play our best basketball at the end of the year,” Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “We’re not there yet. I think that’s a positive. We’re not there yet and we have gotten better. Our guys have taken a good approach in terms of getting on the practice floor and trying to get better. We need to stay focused and see what happens in February.”
    Senior guard Tanner Ellis averaged 19.5 points last week, senior post Stefon Rich 18 points and senior forward FeDor Lomax 11 points. Rich and Lomax both picked up double-doubles against Columbus — Rich 19 points and 10 rebounds, Lomax 18 points and 10 rebounds.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Parsons boys (2-13, 0-8) have scuffled all season and their only wins have been against CNC League opponents Baxter Springs and Frontenac.
    Pittsburg won the first meeting 54-35 and led 16-2 after one quarter, as well as 47-19 after three quarters. Rich (17), Lomax (15) and Ellis (11) combined for 43 points. Craig Beachner led Parsons with 10.
    SEK pace car Coffeyville (12-3, 7-1) leads Labette County (11-3, 5-3) and Chanute (9-7, 5-3) by two games.
    The Frontenac girls (13-2, 3-0 CNC) are rolling headed into their game with Columbus tonight. They’re rolling nearly as much as Fort Scott — the Raiders have won 13 of their last 14 since a season-opening loss to rival St. Mary’s Colgan. In fact, their only loss during that 14-game span came to Fort Scott in the Kansas National Guard Invitational, 56-45.
    Junior post Bailey Flora leads Frontenac with 12.9 points per game, fellow junior Ryleigh McCartney adds 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds and junior sharpshooter Haley Wilson averages 8.3 points on the strength of 24 3s. Senior guard Jennifer Long averages 4.5 assists.
    The Frontenac boys are tied with Colgan and Galena for tops in the CNC and begin a tough four-game road stretch with Columbus. After the Titans will be first place Galena, first place Colgan and first place Coffeyville.
    The Girard and the Baxter Springs girls played a 45-44 game the first time around in December. Baxter Springs charged back from a 32-21 halftime deficit and Girard sophomore MaCahla Leslie blocked a potential game-winning Baxter Springs shot out-of-bounds as time expired. Baxter Springs last won a CNC League contest against Girard on Jan. 24, 2006.
    The Girard boys rolled over winless Baxter in December by a score of 87-48. That was the first and only time so far this season that Girard reached 80 points — the next highest point total for the Trojans has been 64 against Caney Valley in the Wilson County Classic.
    This is the first time Southeast meets Erie with the Red Devils a member of the Tri-Valley League. The Erie boys enter with a 2-12 overall record (Garek Peters leads Erie in scoring at 9.9 per game) and the Erie girls are 8-6 (Bret McGuire averages 14.8 points for the Red Devils).
    The Northeast girls, playing their best basketball in late January, have been led offensively in recent games by sophomore guard Kaylee Bogina and freshman guard Jaycie Polhlopek. Polhlopek scored back-to-back career highs against Oswego (14 points) and Jayhawk-Linn (15). Bogina won MVP of the Tony Dubray Classic, highlighted by a career-high 19 against Bronaugh.
    The Northeast boys look for a return to the form exhibited last week at home against Oswego or the 43-38 win against Marmaton Valley in December.

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