PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s Colgan Panther girls came out on top Tuesday night against a young Carthage, Missouri, Tiger squad.
But the 42-36 win didn’t come easily, as Carthage led the entire first half, against a Colgan squad head coach Abby Farabi described as “flat.”
They came out in the second half ready to play, however, tying the game up early in the third and pulling out a two point lead at the end of the period.
Carthage was down, but not out, however, tying things up 36-all in the waning minutes of the fourth, until a big trey by Delaney Cedeno, put the Panthers back on top for good.
Farabi said intensity was one of the things they talked about at half time.
“I just talked to them about energy,” she said. “We didn’t have a lot of energy in the first half. We didn’t execute on both ends of the court, but the girls stepped up.”
It didn’t hurt, Farabi said that the Panthers were able to get Carthage Freshman Hailey Fullerton in foul trouble early.
Fullerton left the game before halftime with three fouls, picked up the fourth early in the third stanza, and fouled out at the end of the fourth.
“It was huge,” Farabi said. “She’s really tall, so it was really big to get her in foul trouble.
“It was another good team win for us.”
BY THE NUMBERS
The Panthers were 11-of-33 from the field, 4-of-8 from behind the arc and 8-of-16 from the line for 42 total points. Cathy Farmer was both the leading scorer and the only player in double figures. She was 5-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from the arc and 3-of-4 from the line, for 16 points.
By way of comparison, the Panthers were 7-of-25 from the field, 5-of-25 from the arc and 7-of-10 from the line, for 36 points. Fullerton was Carthage’s leading scorer, shooting 3-of-7 from the field, 1-of-2 from the arc and 3-of-4 from the line for 12 points.
Colgan had just 14 team fouls to 21 for the Tigers.
Colgan will next see action Friday against the Fredonia Yellowjackets, at Fredonia.