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  • PHS, SMC, NE all swept Friday night

  • The Chanute Blue Comets swept the Pittsburg Purple Dragons in a Southeast Kansas League doubleheader Friday night.



    Chanute won the girls contest 59-37 and the boys contest 47-46.

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  • The Chanute Blue Comets swept the Pittsburg Purple Dragons in a Southeast Kansas League doubleheader Friday night.
    Chanute won the girls contest 59-37 and the boys contest 47-46.
    In the boys game, Pittsburg started quickly with the first seven points of the game, field goals by seniors Stefon Rich and FeDor Lomax and a 3-point goal by senior Tanner Ellis. Pittsburg led 13-4 before Chanute made it a 15-14 PHS lead after one quarter.
    The Blue Comets took a 25-20 halftime advantage, propelled by multiple 3-point shots. By the end of the third, Pittsburg made up its deficit and the score was 37-all headed into money time.
    Miscues cost Pittsburg the game — Rich scored points No. 12 and No. 13 on a putback but he would soon foul out and Lomax would give Pittsburg a 46-44 lead but two late turnovers killed crucial possessions late. Lomax’s potential game-winner at the buzzer rimmed out and the Blue Comets held on for a one-point win.
    Ellis, on a shooting tear in recent games, led Pittsburg with 15 points and Rich  finished with 13. Spencer Bernhardt, another senior, added seven.
    The Pittsburg boys dropped to 6-6 overall and 1-4 in the SEK, a record currently placing the Purple Dragons sixth in the seven team league. Chanute improved to 9-5, 5-1.
    After their win over Labette County in the Burlington Invitational during Tournament Week, the Pittsburg girls were on cloud nine — state ranked, 8-1 record and a win against their nemesis.
    Since then, little’s gone right — players battling injuries and sickness, no state ranking and consecutive losses to Santa Fe Trail, Sabetha and Chanute. The Blue Comets hold the No. 5 ranking in Class 4A, a spot formerly occupied by the Purple Dragons.
    With do-everything starter Lizzy Willis and key reserve Katie Phalen still out Friday, Pittsburg was overpowered by a Chanute team on a major tear.
    In the third quarter, Pittsburg made it a 37-28 contest with consecutive 3-point shots by Mercedes Vogel and Ashlee Beitzinger. However, Chanute outscored Pittsburg 22-9 the rest of the game.
    Alaura Short led Pittsburg with 10 points and Vogel added eight. Anna Bagshaw of Chanute led all scorers with 20 points, Darian Rubow added 12 and Brenna Olson finished with 10.
    Chanute improved to 12-2, 5-1 SEK and Pittsburg dropped to 8-4, 3-2.
    The JV girls lost 43-33 Friday, despite 12 points by Morgan Plank, eight by MaKayla Pichler, five by Sam Bollinger and four by Kailey Curtis.
    Pittsburg hosts Fort Scott on Tuesday for Senior Night.
    St. Mary’s Colgan swept in Missouri
    LAMAR, Mo. — The St. Mary’s Colgan boys, on a roll during Tournament Week and their Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League opener against Columbus, lost 47-39 and the Colgan girls lost another tough one Friday night, 52-43.
    Page 2 of 2 - Luke Marquardt led the Colgan boys with 12 points and Dyson Dechant and Austin Commons each finished with 10, as the Colgan offense received 32 of its 39 points from three players. Ian Duncan, Conner Dayton and C.J. Russell each scored two and Christian Cedeno picked up his lone point on a foul shot.
    Tripp Tucker of Lamar paced all scorers with 14 points. Landon Compton and Chad Rice both finished with eight and Ben Bailey added seven as the Tigers picked up more offensive production from a wider variety of players.
    Colgan dropped to 10-3 and returns to CNC play at home Tuesday against rival Girard.
    The Colgan girls, after winning the Tony Dubray Classic, lost their second consecutive game despite 17 points by senior Mariah Klenke and 11 points by Taylor Bolinger.
    The Colgan girls face a Girard team already with three CNC League wins entering Tuesday night.
    Northeast swept on Homecoming
    ARMA — The St. Paul Indians won the girls contest 53-19 and the boys contest 61-35 during a Three Rivers League twinbill Friday night.
    Nikkie Sears and Kacy Phillips, both seniors, led St. Paul with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Kaycee Bogina led Northeast with eight and Jaycie Polhlopek added five.
    “We ran into a very good team tonight,” Northeast head coach Scott Post said. “I felt like we did some good things and showed improvement against a quality team. This may be the best overall team we have seen all season. We play Oswego on Tuesday and Jayhawk-Linn next Friday. We will continue to work hard and improve.”
    St. Paul reached 10 wins and improved to 10-3, 3-0 TRL. Northeast dropped to 5-10, 2-2.
    In the boys contest, St. Paul relied on a balanced offensive attack.
    Jake O’Brien led all scorers with 15 points, Paul Schibi had 13, Anthony Diskin 11 and Austin O’Brien 10 for the Indians, who improved to 9-4, 3-0 TRL.
    Northeast received nine points from junior Noah Popejoy and six points apiece from sophomore Darius Wilson, freshman Drew Mills and sophomore Dennis Hensley. Seth Chandler added five.
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