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  • ROUNDUP: Colgan boys, Raider girls each reach 10 wins

  • The St. Mary’s Colgan boys continued their solid play and secured a 10-2 record with a 61-54 win Tuesday night over Columbus.

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  • The St. Mary’s Colgan boys continued their solid play and secured a 10-2 record with a 61-54 win Tuesday night over Columbus.
    The Panthers generally seem to have that one big quarter that switches an otherwise close game in their favor and on Tuesday night, it was the second quarter as Colgan outscored Columbus 16-8 and took a 24-19 halftime lead.
    Colgan was led offensively by senior forward Dyson Dechant, who has scored 20-plus points three of his last four games, including 23 points Tuesday. Dechant, who averaged 26 points in the Tony Dubray Classic and rarely went to the free throw line against Bronaugh (Mo.), Wheaton (Mo.) and Galena, had nine made free throws against the Titans.
    Sophomore guard Austin Commons added 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and Luke Marquardt had eight.
    Columbus forward Aaron Bigando, who made a buzzer-beating game-winning shot against Southeast last Monday night in the Lancer Classic, led Columbus with 25 points and Nate Bole, who led Columbus in scoring the first time these two schools met earlier in January, added 15.
    Columbus senior Jordan Morgan, who did not play in the first Colgan-Columbus game, finished with 12 points.
    Colgan (10-2, 1-0 CNC) travels back to Missouri for a Friday night showdown with Lamar.
    Frontenac sweeps Baxter Springs
    BAXTER SPRINGS — It seems like whenever the Frontenac and the Baxter Springs girls play a basketball game, it will inevitably come down to the wire.
    Just last week, for example, in the inaugural Kansas National Guard Invitational, Frontenac defeated 54-53 and on Tuesday night, Frontenac prevailed 56-54 behind 11 points by junior Natalie Coomes and 10 by fellow junior Ryleigh McCartney.
    The Raiders lit it up from 3-point land with 11 3-point field goals — three apiece by Coomes and McCartney, two apiece by Amanda Cicero and Haley Wilson and one from Libby Warrick. This shooting performance nearly doubles the best previous 3-point shooting nights this season — six makes against Labette County and Fort Scott.
    Frontenac needed every 3-pointer it could make because Baxter Springs senior guard Nina Spence caught fire with a game-high 23 points, although only two of her points came in the crucial fourth quarter. Spence kept Baxter in the game with eight of her points in the third quarter.
    Aleigh Grimes and Kelsey Karnes each added 12 points for the Lions.
    Frontenac improves to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in the CNC.
    On the boys side, Frontenac used a game-high 19 points from Dylan Clark and 10 points from Blake Barto to defeat Baxter Springs 53-33.
    Frontenac shot 18-25, 72 percent, at the foul stripe with a 18-4 scoring edge on made free throws.
    Devon Keith added seven points and nine Frontenac players scored.
    Nick Abernathy led Baxter Springs with 14 points, the only Lion player above three points. Six players scored only two points for the Lions.
    Page 2 of 2 - Frontenac improved to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in the CNC. The Raiders host Parsons on Friday night for Homecoming.
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