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  • Colgan gets a split on Homecoming

  • The St. Mary’s Colgan boys jumped out early Friday night against Baxter Springs, taking leads of 19-8 after one quarter and 40-20 at halftime en route to a 64-42 win on Homecoming.

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  • The St. Mary’s Colgan boys jumped out early Friday night against Baxter Springs, taking leads of 19-8 after one quarter and 40-20 at halftime en route to a 64-42 win on Homecoming.
    “Second half, I don’t know if it was the excitement of Homecoming or just losing focus because of the change of the normal routine in our game,” Colgan assistant coach Scott Cichon said. “We just tried to hold on in the second half and I would like to have seen us build on that (lead) and really put them away but we did hold on and at least, we didn’t lose any ground.”
    Cichon filled in for his father, Wayne Cichon (flu bug), and picked up career victory No. 1.
    Colgan senior forward Dyson Dechant scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in the first stanza and the Lions seemed to have little answer for No. 44. Dechant added seven more points in the fourth and left one point short of the 30-point mark but he missed three free throws in the final quarter. He added a game-high nine rebounds.
    “He did a great job of being aggressive tonight, particularly on the baseline take,” Cichon said. “He got a lot of points out of that and it’s something we emphasized this week in film. The rest of the team recognizes that when we get in those tough stretches, Dyson for us is the man and we get the ball to him to try and score for us. He is certainly our go-to guy and he’s done a great job this year of being that guy.”
    Luke Marquardt added 12 points for the Panthers, his specialty picking up steals off lazy crosscourt passes and converting them into points.
    “He does a great job of being what we call the interceptor on our traps,” Cichon said. “He reads that very well and has gotten a lot of easy points for us. I certainly would like for him to finish a few more of those layups he missed tonight but he’s a lot like a free safety on defense reading a quarterback’s eyes. He’s done a fantastic job of that several nights.”
    Austin Commons gave Colgan a third scorer in double figures with 10 points, all in the first half, eight in the second quarter and six on 3-point shots.
    The second half scoring was 24-22 in favor of Colgan and the energy on the floor dissipated after halftime.
    “Unfortunately, it seemed like a lot of our crowd left,” Cichon said. “There just wasn’t as much energy in the gym overall and our kids fed off that a little bit too much, I guess. We got on them at halftime and told them to stay focused and bring the same energy we did the first half. We didn’t do a good enough job and it’s something to definitely work on for the future.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Colgan improved to 13-3 and 4-0 in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League. With Galena knocking off Frontenac on Friday night, Colgan stands alone in first place as the lone undefeated in league play. Frontenac comes into the Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
    Baxter Springs girls 42, Colgan 38
    At one point in the second quarter, Colgan head coach Abby Farabi screamed from the sideline, “You can’t score if you don’t take care of the ball.”
    That statement definitely proved true for Colgan on 19 different occasions Friday night, including a costly turnover with 18 seconds remaining and Colgan down 41-38. Nina Spence of Baxter Springs came up with a steal and passed it down to Alexis Pena, who attacked the basket and drew the fifth personal on Colgan leading scorer Mariah Klenke.
    Pena split her free throws and Baxter held on for a four-point win, fresh off a 47-45 win Thursday over Girard on a buzzer-beating shot by Caitlin Roberts.
    Spence and Klenke matched efforts all night. Spence netted 10 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter and finished with five rebounds and four assists to go with her point production. Klenke finished with 18 points and eight rebounds; her nine points in the fourth kept Colgan in the contest.
    Colgan dropped to 7-9, 0-4 CNC and lost its sixth consecutive game since winning the Tony Dubray Classic title during Tournament Week. The Panthers have lost their four league games by a combined total of 20 points.

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