PITTSBURG — Led by 14 points by Cathy Farmer, the St. Mary’s-Colgan Girls’ Varsity defeated Girard 52-36.
The win guarantees least a share of the CNC conference crown to the Panthers. The Panthers would maintain the league title out right if the Trojans fall to Baxter Springs on Thursday.
Thursday's game will mark Girard's third game of the week. For Colgan, the win not only pushed them atop the girls' standings, but allowed them to split the season series against Girard after falling to the Trojans on the road 42-38 earlier this season.
Girard will look to starve off fatigue against the Lions to gain a share of the CNC title.
The Trojans looked to be running away with the title for much of the season, but a setback against Frontenac last Tuesday opened the door for the Panthers rally.
The Panthers grabbed an early lead in the first quarter, and maintained the lead throughout the game, taking a nine point lead at halftime, and pushing the advantage to double digits in the third quarter.
The Trojans struggled to score against the Panthers length throughout. Kalyn Flaharty notched 6 points to lead Girard.
Aubri Piccini chipped in 11 points for the Panthers.
In the boy’s matchup, the Panthers defeated Girard 35-34 to complete the Colgan sweep on the night.
The Panthers did an excellent job of keeping the score low and grounding the Trojans in transition.
Girard missed their opportunity to clinch the league title. Thursday's matchup against Baxter Springs now becomes an unofficial CNC Championship game, with the winning taking home the CNC crown prior to the start of Sub-State next weekend.
Girard earned as much as a nine point lead in the second quarter, but the Panthers battled back with tough defense.
St. Mary’s-Colgan held Girard leading-scorer Caleb Muia to 12 points on the game. Ryder Worrell scored 13 points to lead Girard in scoring.
Worrell nailed a three in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, but it there wasn’t enough time for the Trojans to complete the comeback.
Girard will host Baxter Springs in their season finale on Thursday. Tuesday marked St. Mary’s-Colgan’s last game of the season before the sub-state tournament next week.
Frontenac earns split against Columbus
The Frontenac Girls’ Varsity team fell to Columbus 55-49. In boys’ action, the Raiders defeated the Titans 65-59.