The five days of basketball. On the first day of basketball, last Monday night, the Girard girls defeated Parsons 42-33. On the second day of basketball, Colgan split with McDonald County. On the third day of basketball, Pittsburg State swept West Texas A&M and Truman State. On the fourth day of basketball, Labette County swept Girard. On the fifth day of basketball, Colgan split with Carl Junction. There was no sixth day because inclement weather forced the postponement of the Pitt State-Southwest Baptist doubleheader. 1ST DAY, GIRARD GIRLS 42-33: The Trojans trailed 23-12 at halftime and did not surpass in points its turnovers until late in the contest. Girard went ahead for the first time on a Olivia Hanson layup with just under 2 minutes and the Trojans found their spark at the right time with the last 11 points of the game. "I felt like I was making more substitutions," Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. "It was more of a tempo thing than it was trying to steal the basketball from them. I felt like it worked to perfection and they got tired. In that fourth quarter, we tightened down the hatch on them and I'm very proud overall of the pride and composure a very young team showed tonight." Carly Heatherly led Girard with 10 points, Ashley Ray had eight and Hannah Jones, Morgan Herlocker and MaCahla Leslie each had six, while Olivia Hanson contributed five. 2ND DAY, COLGAN BOYS 61-49: McDonald County trailed 21-20 at the end of the first quarter, meaning the Mustangs only scored 29 the last three quarters. "We went to a zone full-court press in the second quarter," Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon said. "That really changed it up on them. I know they probably haven't seen us do that because it's one of the few times we've ever done it and it was really successful for us. It caused a lot of turnovers, they were throwing the ball away in situations they wouldn't normally throw it away and I think that was the big key, just switching from full-court man to full-court zone." Luke Marquardt and Austin Commons each scored 18 for Colgan, while Chase VanBecelaere had 10 and Tucker Hoffman seven, all on free throws for Hoffman. "I was real proud of the way our kids handled that run," Cichon said. "They could have very easily folded and gave them the game but they hung in there. Tucker Hoffman hit some big free throws, Chase VanBecelaere hit two big 3s at the end of the third and the start of the fourth and Luke Marquardt was all over the place for us on the boards and Austin hit some shots early. It was just a very good team effort." 2ND DAY, McDONALD COUNTY GIRLS 33-32: This game was all about scoring droughts. Colgan went 7 minutes, 32 seconds without a point during the first and second quarters, and McDonald County did not score a point in the fourth, nearly squandering a 33-16 lead headed into the final stanza. "The first half, we just played slow," Colgan head coach Abby Farabi said. "We played scared like we did against Frontenac but at halftime, I told them they were still in the game. They just need to be more aggressive and they have to realize what they are capable of doing and hopefully, they realize that we can play with just about anybody. Mac County, they're good, they're a huge school and we competed very well." Aliee Story led Colgan with 11 points, Alex Minton added seven and Sydney Beck six. McDonald County's Preslea Reece led all scorers with 12. 3RD DAY, PITT STATE MEN 85-79: The Gorillas avenged an earlier loss to West Texas A&M and ended a two-game skid. "Obviously, a good win, one we desperately needed for a couple reasons," Pitt State head coach Kevin Muff said. "Last time out against Northwest (Missouri), not a very good performance on either end of the floor and I thought they dominated us offensively and defensively. Secondly, after 13 days, I was wondering how we were going to respond. I thought, for the most part, you could see some rust here and there but for the most part, it was a good effort." Pitt State players Jake Bullard and Devon Branch talked about the revenge factor. "It was big," Bullard said. "We tried to avenge a loss and we hadn't played in (13) days. We came up with a lot of energy. Played well, really well. I mean, they kicked our butt on the boards last time and we beat 'em on the boards tonight. So it was a good win." "Just like Jake said, we had this circled on the calendar for a long time," Branch said. "It's sweet to get revenge because we had a long ride coming from Texas with a loss and just glad we came out on the win column." Bullard recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, six turnovers and one block. Branch had 19 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes, battling through foul trouble which caused him to miss 8:33 of the second half. 3RD DAY, PITT STATE WOMEN 75-66: When it appeared like the Gorillas would fall 61-58 to Truman State, senior guard Alexa Bordewick delivered a shot that's already become the stuff of lore, a 28-footer at the buzzer to force overtime. "I was walking over," Pitt State head coach Lane Lord said. "I was getting ready to shake the other coach's hand (Amy Eagan) so I had to look back. It was at least the 28-foot line. Just a crazy game. . . . We're all pretty sad right now if Alexa doesn't hit a 28-footer. She told me before the game, she's never lost to Truman and she's not losing to Truman and she hasn't for four years. That's pretty good. She knocked it down and it was just an unbelievable shot and I think it will help our whole team's confidence. We have really struggled to shoot the ball this year, especially from 3-point land. A shot like that could really ignite your team and you saw the emotion in overtime. We were awesome in overtime." In overtime, Lizzy Jeronimus took control, scoring 12 of her game-high 24 points. "She does what All-Americans do and that's take over the basketball game," Lord said. "It's her time. They did a nice job on her in the zone. We didn't find her in the middle of the zone very well. She really took over." 4TH DAY, LABETTE CO. BOYS 57-55: An epic which ended in double overtime, this game featured many swings. Labette County scored the first 10 points of the game, Girard made a comeback after trailing 37-22 in the second half and it took a Lee Reliford teardrop with 6.9 seconds remaining in double overtime for the Grizzlies to come out of Ted R. Taylor Gymnasium with a victory. "I'm very proud of our guys," Girard head coach Rod Wescott said. "The way they battled and competed. We talked about it at halftime, 'I don't care what the score is, we're going to come out and play hard and we're going to get better every play.' I felt like we did that tonight. We took some big strides tonight, the outcome wasn't what we wanted it to be but we're making some progress. Hopefully, we can continue that." Reliford led Labette County with 18 points and Zack Stewart had 12. Laike Damman paced Girard with 18 and Drew Davied added 17. 4TH DAY, LABETTE CO. GIRLS 54-35: The Grizzlies benefited from a 8-0 run late in the first and early in the second quarter and then a 16-5 run the final 4:35 before halftime. "Obviously, I thought they were a pretty good ballclub," Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. "I felt like we did what our game plan was for about three-quarters of one quarter and then we started having breakdowns, mostly mental breakdowns that young kids make. We didn't always have the assignment that we should have had. Good teams are going to make you pay on that and I felt like we missed a lot of easy shots around the basket . . . when you're playing a solid team, you've got to be solid in two areas. You've got to knock down those underneath shots and you've got to be able to hit your free throws to stay pace." Labette County's Aubri Kimbrough led all scorers with 15 points and Holleigh Sorrell added 12. Hannah Jones led Girard with 10 and Ashley Ray added nine points, six blocked shots. 5TH DAY, COLGAN BOYS 63-54: Carl Junction last enjoyed the lead at 15-14 in the second quarter and the Bulldogs only had one more tie score — 17-all — the rest of the way, as the Panthers were able to fend Carl Junction off at the pass to wrap up a three games in four days stretch 3-0. "Real pleased with our team play tonight," Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon said. "Especially on the defensive end. It was a tremendous execution of what I was hoping to be a good gameplan and the kids made me look real good in doing that with the matchup zone on them and disguising a little bit of a man-to-man in terms of a zone and taking away 3-point shots and making them take 3-point shots that were a bit of a risk. I thought the kids executed that well." Austin Commons led Colgan with 17 points and Chase VanBecelaere added 11, Luke Marquardt 10, Ian Duncan 10 and Garrett Normand eight. "We found out a lot about our team," Cichon said. "I feel like it's a quality team that we have, playing three games in four days against some quality teams. I've just got to be careful . . . that I don't mess it up." 5TH DAY, CARL JUNCTION GIRLS 63-38: This game was 24-20 at halftime. The Bulldogs went on a 21-2 run and outscored the Panthers 24-5 overall in the third quarter, racing out to a 48-25 advantage. Carl Junction matched its first-half offensive production in the third quarter alone. The five Carl Junction starters combined for 59 of their 63 points: Bryce Boyd and Lindsey Showalter 15 apiece, Olivia Uhrich 13 and Brenlee McPherson 12.