PITTSBURG — Cathy Farmer’s eight fourth-quarter points and Sydney Russell’s 19 points helped the St. Mary’s Colgan girls basketball team preserve their 49-43 win over the Lamar Tigers at home on Friday night.
“Everybody looks at the offensive end of the floor and Cathy is capable of putting up shots for us every night. said Colgan head coach Abby Farabi. “She’s tall. She did a great job of stepping up and making shots. We were having a hard time putting the ball in the net in the second half.”
Haydn Dawson fouled out in the fourth quarter and finished with six points, forcing the Panthers to make some adjustments in a game where Lamar never fully went away despite Colgan leading for most of the way.
“We moved Emily (Paterni) to the five. I switched up our guard play,” Farabi said. “She does all the small things for us. We found a way to win. I thought it was a good team win. With Haydn fouling out early in the fourth quarter, we had some girls really step up. I thought Cathy Farmer did a great job in the fourth quarter. Hats off to Sydney Russell. She had a really great game for us.
"We’re getting better. That’s all that matters.”
Aubri Piccini finished the night with seven points while Paterni had five.
Darrah Bartlett led the Lamar Tigers with 12 points while Alyssa Fanning had eight and Kara Beshore finished with seven. Shelby Haskins put up seven points as well.
Through the first five minutes of the game, both teams had scored a combined seven points with the Panthers taking a 4-3 lead.
A field goal by Colgan and a pair of free throws from the Tigers ended the first quarter with the Panthers ahead 6-5.
Dawsons’s back to back field goals, the second of which came off a transition and a put back, doubled the Panthers’ lead at 10-5 to start the second quarter.
The Panthers would eventually go on a 9-2 run to take a 21-9 lead.
Marci VanBecelaere’s inside jumper, followed by Piccini’s field goal, helped Colgan to a 16-9 lead with 4:08 in the second quarter.
A 3-pointer by Russell helped the Panthers’ strengthen their grip.
Fanning’s 3-pointer from the left side of the floor ended the Panthers’ run with less than a minute before halftime.
But Paterni had the last laugh of the half with a 3-pointer of her own to give Colgan a 12-point halftime lead.
After a slow start to the second half for both teams, Piccini scored from the tip of the key after a three minute scoring drought.
But Lamar used a 7-4 run to catch up to the Panthers.
Bartlett scored from just barely outside the perimeter and the Tigers added a free throw courtesy of a Russell personal foul. Colgan’s lead was cut to eight points with 3:00 in the third quarter.
“Colgan’s got a great ball club,” said Lamar head coach Dale Patton. “From our standpoint, we had an 18-7 deficit in the second quarter, which is tough for anyone to make up. This was our third game of the week. Our girls weren’t feeling it. it was tough for them. Give them credit for coming back but we couldn’t do it.”
Dawson was whistled for her fourth personal foul late in the third but Shelby Haskins could not capitalize from the charity stripe, missing both shots.
A second 3-pointer of the game for Lamar, this time by Fanning, made it 28-23, Colgan and the Panthers took a timeout.
Haskins scored from the paint before Russell halted the Panthers’ shooting woes with a layup.
Both teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter. Farmer scored her first points of the period from the inside to make it 35-27, Colgan.
Farmer added another basket, this time off the backboard and Colgan went up by eight, halfway through the fourth.
Russell went 2-2 from the line off Bartlett’s third personal foul at the 2:40 mark and the Panthers soon made it a 10point lead.
Russell’s drive to the basket off a steal was answered by a Lamar 3-pointer with 1:56 left.
But the Panthers lost control of possession at mid court and Bartlett was fouled by Dawson on a 3-point play. It was Dawson’s fifth personal foul of the night and the Panthers’ lead was cut to 45-39 with 1:28 remaining on the clock.
Bartlett’s foul on Russell sent her to the line but her shot rolled off the rim.
The Tigers couldn’t score and Farmer added a layup turned in to an and one after getting fouled by Fanning with 20 seconds left.
“We have some great shooters but we can’t give them a jump on us like they did in the second quarter,” Patton said. “We didn’t guard very well in the first quarter either. At least we fought back.”
The Panthers (4-3) will next travel to Liberal, Missouri, for the Tony Dubray Classic Tournament next week.
“I think we’re playing good basketball,” Farabi said. “Not great but our kids are getting better every single night. That’s the important thing. Hopefully we can carry it over to next week.”
Panther boys outlast Tigers
The St. Mary’s Colgan boys overcame a nine-point first-quarter deficit and only allowed nine points total in the second half from the Lamar Tigers to pull off a 41-39 win.
“I thought we had great execution,” said Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon. “Our kids kept their poise in difficult situations. I’m really pleased with our defensive effort. Holding Lamar to nine points in the second half, and they’re a good scoring team, it’s mind boggling because of the numbers that they’ve been able to put up on the boards.”
After trailing for most of the night, the Panthers tied the game after a 6-2 run that went into the fourth quarter.
Garrett Normand went 1-2 from the line, halfway through the fourth, the Panthers (4-3) only trailed 39-38.
A layup by VanBecelaere put Colgan in front for only the second time with 2:08 remaining in the game and Matt Whyman’s 3-point attempt from the center went off the rim.
The Panthers managed to burn time off the clock on offense.
Normand drew a foul by Wilkerson with 32.6 seconds left. Despite not making the shot, the Panthers grabbed the rebound and Chase VanBecelaere was sent to the line with 24.6 seconds and made it a two point lead for the Panthers. Sawyer Esch intercepted Hardman’s pass and was folded where he missed the shot but the Panthers hung on for the two point win.
“Sometime, a possession will take a minute and a half and sometimes, it’ll take seconds,” Cichon said. “It’s just a matter of being patient and waiting for something that we know that we’re going to get. We have several options in our offense. We were in that mode where we had to make sure that we had that good shot. We were creeping up on them. After we took the lead, we felt like they fell apart.”
Ryan Cedeno finished with 11 points while Chase VanBecelaere put up seven and Alex Brown had six. Normand finished with five points total.
On free throws, the Panthers were only 9-19.
“Second half free throw shooting, we were five of 13 in first half,” Cichon said. “In the second half, we talked about free throw shooting and we still missed some shots that could’ve iced the game and not give me a heart attack.”
Sam Timmons was the leading scorer for the Tigers, putting up 14 points, while Trey Mooney had nine and Nicholas Ray had five.
Ray’s 3-pointer launched the Tigers to an early 5-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game. It would serve as apart of a 7-0 run by Lamar.
St. Mary’s responded with a 5-0 run to equalize.
A jump shot by Wilkerson gave the Tigers a six point lead.
Mooney’s and one off a put back helped Lamar put some cushion and Matt Whyman went 2-0 from his first trip to the line to make it 18-9, Lamar at the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers used a 7-2 run of their own in the second quarter to eat at Lamar’s lead.
Billy Dickey scored a floater and the Panthers came to within two as the Tigers’ struggled from the floor.
A put-back by Normand was Colgan’s response to a Lamar deuce.
Lamar’s 3-pointer miss was rebounded by Sam Timmons for a slam dunk in the final minute of the first half.
Cedeno’s push foul sent Wilkerson to the line with 0.8 seconds on the clock where he made both shots but only one of which would count after a lane violation.
A behind the back basket by Lamar’s Luke Hardman resulted in a technical foul with Simon Higginbotham hitting both charities even though Hardman’s field goal still counted and the Panthers trailed 35-31 with 5:03 in the third and eventually catching back up.
Colgan will next travel to Liberal, Missouri next week for the Tony Dubray Classic.
“We’re getting to the point in the season where we want to play games,” Cichon said. “It seems like it’s been stretched out. We’ve played seven games in a month and now we’ll play three games in five or six days and we’re looking forward to it.”
Michael Bauer is a sports reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter at @michaeljohn391.