In a game where each team experienced hot and cold streaks, the visiting Chanute Blue Comets girls’ basketball team outlasted the Pittsburg Purple Dragons 50-45.
The game saw contrasting quarters in the second half, with the Blue Comets building a commanding lead in the third quarter only to see the it nearly slip away in the fourth quarter. The entire game saw both teams struggle with shooting and committing turnovers. The Dragons shot 14 for 49 from the field, 29 percent, and turned the ball over 24 times, while the Blue Comets shot 19 for 47, 40 percent while turning the ball over 17 times.
The opening quarter saw Chanute build an 8-3 lead while both teams struggled to score from the floor. The Dragons were able to string together a series of baskets highlighted by a Mary Garret driving layup at the end of the period to give Pittsburg a 9-8 advantage as the quarter ended.
Pittsburg extended their lead to 12-9 to open the second quarter as Ashlee Beitzinger drove the baseline for a layup and drawing a foul, which she converted for a three-point play.
Chanute quickly responded with a 3-point field goal from Lexi Kidwell and back-to-back layups from Anna Bagshaw. The second basket enabled the Blue Comet to reach a career milestone, as Bagshaw reached the 1,000-point mark.
The Blue Comets would go on a nine-point run to build a 20-14 lead. The Dragons would then get consecutive baskets from sophomores Abbie Casper and Kaitlyn Kidd to reduce the Chanute lead to 20-18. Chanute senior Paige Kidwell hit an outside jump shot as time wound down and give the Blue Comets a 22-18 halftime advantage.
Chanute began the third quarter on a hot streak, scoring six straight points. Chanute’s Jordan Schoenberger, who led scorers with 14 points, dominated the quarter. The 6-foot senior made her presence felt inside, scoring 12 points in the paint during the quarter. At one point, the Blue Comets went on a 17-1 streak in the quarter, and at the end of the period had outscored the Dragons 23-8 for a 45-26 lead.
The Dragons opened the final quarter undeterred, with Beitzinger hitting consecutive baskets as part of a 16-2 run.
The Blue Comets found themselves unable to score from the floor or the foul line, and the nineteen-point lead they held had been reduced to 47-42 with less than three minutes remaining. The Dragons missed a series of 3-point attempts and Chanute was able to convert three late free-throw attempts.
Logan Lord hit a late 3-point basket for Pittsburg, but it was not enough as the Dragons fell by five points.
Dragon boys come from behind to win
The Pittsburg boys' basketball team fought back from a double-digit first-half deficit to take over in the second half, beating Chanute 60-55 Friday on the road.
Similar to the girls’ game the Pittsburg and Chanute boys’ game also saw streaks from both teams. Chanute came out running the court, while Pittsburg struggled in their shooting. The Blue Comets took the early momentum building a 17-8 lead to close out the first quarter.
Chanute carried the momentum eventually building a 28-16 lead. But as the second quarter wound down, the Dragons pulled that momentum back in their favor.
Chase Curtis came off the bench to get seven points in the first half and get a block late in the second half that led to an Elijah Harris layup.
A Sherrick Rogers layup just before halftime reduced the Blue Comet lead to 28-26 at the break.
The Dragons quickly erased the Blue Comets’ halftime lead, jumping out to a 29-28 advantage to open the third quarter.
The Blue Comets answered immediately with a 3-point shot to regain a 31-29 lead. The two teams would exchange multiple lead changes in a quarter that saw each team hitting deep 3-point shots and timely steals leading to easy layups. Pittsburg would outscore Chanute 20-17 in the quarter ending the period leading 46-45.
The Dragons opened the fourth quarter with multiple turnovers in transition that the Blue Comets capitalized upon opening up a 52-48 advantage.
Trailing 53-49, Pittsburg was then able to convert three straight turnovers and take a 55-53 lead.
With the scored 55-54, Harris drove the lane for a bucket and later converted a free throw and a 58-55 lead. Dylan Untereker would convert two more free throws before the clock expired. Rogers led the Dragons with 14 points.
Pittsburg Coach Kiley Roelfs called the game a grinder, but said his players used teamwork to use fight through the deficit. He said he hopes the Dragons can build on the momentum from the win to find success throughout the SEK schedule.