PARSONS — To say the Pittsburg girls’ basketball team dominated Parsons in the paint following their matchup Tuesday evening would be an understatement.
The Purple Dragons scored 26 points in the first half, with every field goal coming from inside the lane. That trend continued as PHS finished with all of their baskets coming from inside. Holding an 18-point advantage at the intermission, PHS pushed forth in the second half to earn the 44-36 win on the road.
Pittsburg’s Taylor Muff was a nightmare for the Vikings to deal with. She had 14 first-half points, finishing with a game-high 19 points in the win.
The win continues the hot start to the season for the Purple Dragon girls, who bring their record to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Southeast Kansas League.
A low-scoring first quarter saw neither team really take momentum of the game, though Pittsburg held an 8-4 lead into the second eight minutes of play.
Muff and the Purple Dragons took charge with the first seven points of the second quarter to build an 11-point, 15-4 lead.
Muff scored inside on the break give her team 13.
Ashlee Beitzinger — who finished the game with six points — followed with a steal near the Parsons’ free-throw line, which led to a coast-to-coast layup at the other end to put PHS up double digits.
Abbie Casper knocked down a pair from the charity stripe with 3:21 left to make the score 21-9, keeping pace in the quarter.
Muff finished off the first half with a pair of baskets, the first of which came on a jumper from the high post.
Pittsburg pushed their lead to 20 points early in the third quarter when Muff hit a turnaround jumper to make the score 34-14.
The Purple Dragons cruised to victory as they allowed underclassmen to finish out the win.
Purple Dragon boys' momentum building in win over undefeated Parsons
Pittsburg boys basketball earned their first win of the season Monday. The Purple Dragons followed that performance up with a second straight victory, 67-52, going on the road Tuesday to hand Parsons its first loss of the season in the progress.
Pittsburg (2-4, 1-2 SEK) trailed for much of the first half before a run late in the second quarter sent them into the intermission up 33-30.
The game with the Vikings didn’t start off as planned, having trailed for much of the first half. Parsons (5-1, 2-1 SEK) tied it up out of the gate in the second half, but it was all Pittsburg for the remaining 12-plus minutes of game action.
Dylan Untereker pushed the lead to 39-33 with a score from the left block before pushing it to 10 moments later on a pair of free throws.
Spencer Turnbull found Marque English for an easy layup on the break to makes the score 56-45, and Untereker put PHS up 16 with a put-back score after an offensive rebound.
Adrian Scroggins added a fast-break layup to give the Dragons a 64-46 advantage, sending Pittsburg into the home stretch with things well in hand.
PHS trailed by as much as 10 early in the second quarter, but a 3-pointer from freshman Jerek Butcher knocked down a 3-pointer to make the score 22-15.
Minutes later, Pittsburg trimmed the Viking lead down to one point, 22-21, when Untereker grabbed an one-of-many offensive rebounds for a put-back score. He was fouled on the play, but missed the ensuing free throw. Fortunately, English grabbed another offensive rebound for PHS and scored on the follow up to give the Purple Dragons their first lead, 23-21, since early in the opening period.
Baskets from Elijah Harris and Untereker pushed the lead to five, but the Vikings rallied just as it looked like PHS gained the momentum.
Parsons’ Kyle Hutley and Dannerick Yates had back-to-back 3-pointers to trim the Pittsburg lead to 31-30.
The Dragons got the final basket of the half when Dalton Massoth scored on the inside to send his team into the locker room up 33-30.
Both Pittsburg teams will take on Chanute Friday at home, with the girls kicking things off at 6 p.m.
Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter at @LDsportswriter.