PITTSBURG — Thursday night in Pittsburg, the Columbus Titan Varsity girls and boys teams closed out their 2010-2011 regular season schedules with losses to the Purple Dragons.
The Lady Titans got off to an early lead, 9 – 7, in the first quarter and stayed close throughout the game. As the Titans worked to close the 17 – 21 halftime deficit, each 2 point basket by Columbus was matched by Pittsburg. The Lady Dragons kept the Lady Titans at bay, outscoring them 23 – 17 in the second half, sending Pittsburg to the 5A State playoffs with a 44 – 34 win. Kate Overman led the Lady Titan scoring with 8 points. Reagan Soper, Danielle Roberts, and Jessica Anderson each scored 6 points. Jordan Ivey added 5 points and Haley Evans 3 points. Pittsburg’s Skyler Muff led all scorers with 12 points.
The Titan Varsity boys’ team looked to be in playoff form Thursday night as they took on a tough Purple Dragon team in Pittsburg. Both teams were gearing up for their respective sub-state games as they closed out their regular seasons. Pittsburg brought a much taller team to the court with only 3 players under the 6 foot mark and 3 players measuring 6 foot 5 inches or taller, but the Titans matched up and kept coming after them. Columbus trailed 18 – 30 at halftime after being stuck on the 12 point mark for nearly 5 minutes. Forced turnovers helped the Titans effort in gaining ball control in the third quarter and holding the Dragons to a Jordan Elliott 3 pointer in the third quarter, the only points of the quarter by Pittsburg. Unable to capitalize on their defensive effort, the Titans scored just 9 points in the third quarter. A three point shot by Joel Holeman in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter put the Titans within 3 points, 30 – 33. As time was running out, Coach Jeff Renn’s Titan team needed to foul to try and regain ball possession when Pittsburg went to a stalling offense. The Dragon players made 6 of their 10 free throws, to account for almost half of their 14 fourth quarter points. Holeman added another 3 point basket and Taylor Spear came up with a 2 point basket for the total 8 points of the Titan scoring in the fourth quarter. The Titan 34 – 47 loss was much bigger on the scoreboard then the play on the floor depicted. Holeman led Titan scoring with 10 points, Spear and Montana Grant each scored 7 points, Colten Stanley had 4 points, Owen Jordan had 3 points, and Jaden Tedlock and Aaron Bigando each had 2 points. Elliot led all scorers for Pittsburg with 18 points.
The Titans open 4A State playoffs on Monday in Chanute at 7:00pm. Pittsburg will host their 5A playoff action beginning on Monday.
The Lady Titans open 4A State playoffs on Tues In the final Junior Varsity boys’ game at Pittsburg on Thursday, Columbus hit 13 of 15 free throws at the charity line, but couldn’t get their outside shooting game going. Managing double digits in the second quarter with 15 points, 8 of those free throws, Columbus trailed 21 – 36 at the half. Pittsburg scored 30 points and allowed only 10 points in the second half to top the Titans 66 – 31. Andrew Teel led Titan scoring with10 points; Colten Stanley scored 9 points, Andre McLean 5 points, Aaron Bigando 4 points, Blake Mackenson 2 points, and Cody Spainhower 1 point.
Tanner Ellis was top scorer for Pittsburg with 11 points.