PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School basketball teams rolled to a pair of wins over Coffeyville on Tuesday, with the girls’ team winning 62-39 followed by a 59-36 win for the boys.
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The Pittsburg girls’ team had everything under control in the 62-39 win over Coffeyville in game one of the night.
16 consecutive points for the Purple Dragons at the end of the first quarter gave them a double-digit lead which held up throughout the contest.
“We just played hard and played well defensively,” PHS head coach Kris Crotts said. “Our good defense helped us get some easy points in transition on offense. When you’re scoring easy points in the transition, it also helps you score in the half court.”
After falling behind by five in the opening minutes, Madden Petty led the Purple Dragons to 16-0 run with seven points in the final three minutes of the first quarter to give PHS a 21-10 lead.
The Golden Tornados ended the scoring drought with an 8-2 run to begin the second quarter, but the Purple Dragons responded with an 11-0 run to increase the lead to 34-18.
The 11-0 run was highlighted by five points from Petty and included four points from Kaydn Matlock
Pittsburg went on to score the first seven points of the third quarter — coming from Matlock, Petty and Abbie Casper — before holding Coffeyville to five points in the fourth.
Petty and Kaitlin Kidd were the offensive catalysts, scoring 26 and 13 points respectively.
PHS BOYS COMPLETE SWEEP
Game two of the night provided more of the same, as the PHS boys’ team followed up the girls’ win with a 59-36 victory to complete the sweep.
Both teams were matching each other point for point in the opening quarter, but the Purple Dragons pulled away after beginning the second quarter with a 14-2 run and never looked back en route to the big win.
“It was kind of a strange game,” PHS head coach Kylie Roelfs said. “I just never felt like we got into a rhythm offensively, but our defense bailed us out. When you play defense well, you give yourself a chance to win. We just made enough plays offensively to be able to finish it out.”
A layup by Javon Grant followed by a pair of 3-pointers from Gavyn Elkamil to begin the second quarter was the beginning of a 14-2 run which put Pittsburg out in front by 12.
The Purple Dragons went on to extend the lead to 34-17 by out scoring Coffeyville 8-3 in the opening three minutes of the third quarter and took a 46-27 advantage at the end of the third on the strength of an 8-2 run.
It was all downhill from there for the Purple Dragons, as they out scored the Golden Tornadoes 13-9 in the final eight minutes of regulation to earn the win.
English was the offensive catalyst in the win, scoring a team-high 18 points.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.