“We just couldn’t close the gap,” said Lady Titan Head Coach Kenny Boeckman after the Columbus girls came up on the short end of a 51-38 score Tuesday evening against Parsons.

“We were down seven with a minute and a half to go and I thought we are in this game and can win,” continued Boeckman. “But that is as close as we came. It is very hard for the girls to always be playing catchup, the effort is there, our shooting was off.”

The Lady Titans fell behind 12-6 in the first quarter and 14-6 in the second period. The Columbus girls outscored Parsons in the second half 24-22 but couldn’t overcome the early lead.

Parson’s was really a different team than the Titans played earlier in the year, as they lost one of their starters to knee problems and three others to illness. But the result was nearly identical.

“Our turnover hurt us, but Cassie Stanley had a good game, she is solid,” said Boeckman.

Stanley led the Titans in scoring with ten points. Natalie Koons added nine and Bailie Hatfield had scored seven.

Parsons had three players in double figures including Sawyer Woodworth with 18 points.

The Lady Titans will travel to Iola Friday evening for a 6 p.m. game. Both previously scheduled games with Iola had been weathered out.