PITTSBURG — Everything was working for the St. Mary’s-Colgan basketball teams on Thursday against Liberal, as the Panthers swept the Bulldogs with a 54-37 win in the girls’ game followed by a 49-40 victory by the boys.
COLGAN GIRLS BLOWOUT BULLDOGS
Points came early and often for the Colgan girls’ team, which scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back en route to the 17-point win.
“In the first half, I thought our defense was able to apply a lot of pressure which really helped us on the offensive end,” SMC head coach Abby Farabi said. “I thought we did a good job of getting the ball inside and kicking it out. We were able to make a lot of shots early and that gave us a lot of confidence.”
Cathy Farmer led the Panthers to an early lead with a quick three points, before a 3-pointer by Delaney Cedeno sparked a 9-2 run at the end of the first quarter which increased the lead to 17-7.
SMC began to pull away in the second quarter, as a 13-2 run gave the Panthers a 28-point advantage.
The run was highlighted by seven points for Kate Radell and included a 3-pointer by Marci VanBecelaere.
Colgan went on to coast to the win in the second half, scoring six points in the third quarter and 10 points in the fourth.
Radell led the way on offense with a team-high 15 points, while her teammate Aubri Piccini finished close behind with 13 points.
COLGAN BOYS PULL AWAY LATE
After trailing for a majority of the first half, the Panthers took the lead at the end of the third quarter on the strength of a 9-4 run before holding the Bulldogs to five points in the fourth to earn the win.
“I think we were just able to make a few more shots in the second half,” SMC head coach Wayne Cichon said. “We were able to find a few more open looks under the basket that we weren’t finding in the first because they put a lot of pressure on the ball and did a good job in the zone defense.”
The Panthers fell behind by six halfway through the second quarter, but narrowed the deficit to 21-20 with nine points in the final three minutes of the first half scored between Aaron Higginbotham, Jake Dellasega and Jeremiah Buche.
Colgan went on to take the lead at the end of the third quarter following a 9-4 run which was highlighted by a 3-pointer from Dellasega and included two points apiece from Higginbotham, Lomshek, Bradley Beykirch and Jeremiah Buche.
Momentum favored the Panthers in the fourth quarter, as they outscored the Bulldogs 12-5 en route to earning win.
The Panthers will hit the road to take on Baxter at 6 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.