The Colgan Panthers showed no mercy to Oswego Friday night, rolling to a 54-39 win in a Class 2A substate semifinal game. The Panthers had one of their best games yet, with intense performances by seniors Molly Marquardt, and Katie and Maggie Sloan.

The Colgan Panthers showed no mercy to Oswego Friday night, rolling to a 54-39 win in a Class 2A substate semifinal game. The Panthers had one of their best games yet, with intense performances by seniors Molly Marquardt, and Katie and Maggie Sloan.

Marquardt let her presence known early in the game, making both shots from the free-throw line to put the first points on the board, and battling for rebounds at both ends of the court. Maggie Sloan followed with a 3-pointer and then another basket from the field before the quarter ended, pushing the Panthers to a 14-5 lead after one.

Colgan powered through the second quarter, starting off with another basket by Marquardt. The Panthers’ zone defense, along with Mariah Klenke blocking Oswego shots, didn’t allow for many baskets by the Indians. Jaymie Nesbitt hit a three with 1:25 left, in hopes of putting a dent in the spread. However, with Maggie Sloan 4 of 4 at the free-throw line and Marquardt scoring from the field, Colgan led at halftime, 22-14.

The third began with Katie Sloan joining the action, nailing two baskets at the free-throw line. Perfection from the free throw line by Marquardt and Maggie Sloan helped to end the quarter with Colgan ahead 39-18.

Oswego started the fourth with lots of momentum, landing 3s and pressuring Colgan with their man-to-man defense. However, that pressure landed them in foul trouble early in the quarter. Katie Sloan answered with her own 3-point shot, and, with Maggie Sloan and Marquardt not missing a single free throw on the night, Colgan advances to the championship game of the Class 2A substate at Sedan.