PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s-Colgan basketball teams swept visiting Jasper on Tuesday in Pittsburg.
Boys: St. Mary’s-Cogan 61, Jasper 39
Behind 28 points from Aaron Higginbotham and a suffocating full-court pressure, the Panthers had little trouble dispatching the visiting Jasper, Mo.
Jasper struggled to get across half-court against the opportunistic Panthers. Colgan intercepted nearly all of their errant passes, leading to them getting numbers in transition and scoring easy baskets.
The game soon turned into a layup line for the Panthers, leading to a 21-6 first quarter run. Colgan slowed down a bit in the second quarter, but Jasper succumbed to the Panthers pressure once again in the third quarter.
Colgan scored 26 points in the frame. In the half-court, Higginbotham did a great job being patient and finding holes in the Jasper zone defense.
The Panthers are now 2-0, after defeating Columbus on the road on Friday.
Girls: St. Mary’s-Colgan 37, Jasper 33
For the second straight game on the young season, St. Mary’s-Colgan fell behind early, this time 10-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers raced out to a 8-2 run in the second quarter, before taking a 24-17 run in the second half.
Jasper stormed back in the third quarter, and the two teams traded punches the rest of the way.
Cathy Farmer went 1-for-2 at the free throw line with close to a minute remaining in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 37-33.
Jasper had two opportunities to cut into the deficit, but failed to score on both occasions.
Farmer led the Panthers with 15 points. Kate Radell chipped in 11 points.