Eagles move on, Wildcats bow out

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Junior Abbie Smith’s 24-point performance propelled Uniontown High’s Eagles into the semifinals of the Kansas Class 2A Substate Basketball Tournament.
The fifth-seeded Eagles upended fourth-seeded Pleasanton High’s Blu-Jays 69-36 Tuesday night at Pleasanton.
Next up for the Eagles is top-seeded Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan High’s Panthers. The Panthers steamrolled eighth-seeded and winless Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats 81-20 Tuesday.
Uniontown (9-13) plays Colgan at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northeast High School in Arma. Northeast is host for the 2A substate tournament with girls’ semifinals Friday and championship games Saturday.
The girls’ title game is 6 p.m. Saturday.

Uniontown 69,
Pleasanton 36

At Pleasanton, the Eagles bolted to an 18-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Blu-Jays stayed within striking distance trailing the Eagles 28-20 at halftime.
But the Eagles erased that possibility with a 17-3 run in the third quarter. Uniontown held a 14-13 scoring edge in the final eight minutes.
“The girls really came out and played well,” said Ken Holt, Eagle head coach. “We knew without Jacy (Ermel) in the lineup someone would have to pick up their game.
“Abbie did as well as Brooke Harper.”
Holt said Harper hit a couple of three-pointers in the second quarter to open things up for the Eagles. Harper had three treys on the night for a career-high 11 points.
Smith’s offensive production was also a career high. She led the Eagles with eight rebounds and six steals.
Freshman Jacy Ermel was sidelined with a finger injury. Holt said they would know more on her playing status later in the week.
Candice Clayton and Breanna Esslinger each handed out four assists for the Eagles. Uniontown shot 39 percent, 21 of 54, from the field and downed 12 of 20 free throw tries.
Rachel Richmond led the Jays with 11 points. Pleasanton went 12 of 36, 33 percent, from the field and hit 12 of 23 free throw attempts.

Pittsburg-Colgan 81,
Marmaton Valley 20

In Pittsburg, Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats closed a long season with the loss to top-seeded Pittsburg-Colgan.
“It was a learning experience for the girls and for me,” said Kent Houk, the Wildcats’ first-year head coach, after going 0-21.
“The girls have come a long way since the start of the season. You can’t always measure success with wins and losses. Yes, you always want to win games but these girls stuck with it and learned as the season progressed. And so did I.”
The Wildcats had a team of mainly younger players. They had two seniors on the squad in Kenna McWhirter and Alisa Stroud.
Colgan held the Wildcats to four points in the first half, leading 37-4 at the break. The Panthers continued their onslaught with a 16-7 third quarter then a 27-9 fourth quarter.
Kayla McNutt, Cheyanne Miller and Maggie Meiwes, all sophomores, each had four points for Marmaton Valley.
Ashley Werner had 17 points for Colgan. Breezie Trytek added 14.
Uniontown (18-10-17-14—69) (FG/3-pt): Smith 7-10-3-24, Harper 1/3-0-3-11, Rathbun 1/2-0-0-8, Clayton 2-1-3-5, Camac 2-0-3-4, Spainhoward 1-0-4-2, Poyner 1-0-1-2, Esslinger 1-0-2-2, Shook 0-1-0-1. TOTALS: 16/5-12-18-59.
Pleasanton (8-12-3-13—36): Richmond 4-3-5-11, Essley 1-8-3-8, Saulsberry 3-0-1-6, Boyington 2-1-2-5, Hansuld 0-2-4-2 Spickler 1-0-0-2, Landrum 1-0-1-2, Reynolds 0-0-5-0. TOTALS: 12-12-21-36.
Marmaton Valley (2-2-7-9—20) (FG/3-pt): McNutt 2-0-2-4, Dudley 1-0-2-2, Miller 2-0-1-4, McEndree 0-0-5-0, Meiwes 2-0-2-4, McWhirter 0-0-3-0, Trollope 0/1-0-3-3, Sparks 0-0-1-0, Henry 1-1-0-3, Stroud 0-0-3-0. TOTALS: 8/1-1-22-20.
Pittsburg-Colgan (17-20-16-27—81): Marquardt 3-0-2-6, Elmer 4-1-0-9, Werner 8-1-0-17, M. Sloan 0-2-2-2, Hayes 1-0-0-2, Trytek 5-4-0-14, Cedeno 2-0-0-4, K. Sloan 3-1-0-7, McCormick 2-1-1-5, Dellasega 3-3-1-8, Born 1-4-0-6. TOTALS: 32-17-6-81.