Lady Cubs fall short at substate

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Humboldt High defender Callie Umholtz (41) defends against Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan High Alex Cedeno in the second half Saturday of the Class 2A substate final. Colgan ended Humboldt’s season with a 61-41 victory.

ARMA — For the second straight game, Humboldt High’s girls found themselves struggling to score from the field.
But unlike their win one night earlier, the Lady Cubs never were able to piece together an offensive attack Saturday against a stingy Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan High defense.
The Panthers held Humboldt without a field goal for more than 10 minutes in the first half — and only two total before the break.
The game turned on a 10-point Colgan run that spanned the first and second halves, turning a 22-20 lead into a 32-20 cushion.
Humboldt was never able to get back to within single digits again in a 61-41 loss in the Class 2A substate finals.
The loss ends the Lady Cubs’ record at 13-9.
“We played all right in the first half,” Humboldt head coach Jeff Wilkerson said. “They just got hot in the second half. They didn’t miss many.”
Both teams struggled early. Humboldt’s Lenzie Boring banked in a three-pointer with 3:47 left in the first quarter to give Humboldt an early 5-4 lead. Humboldt stayed in front 8-6 by the end of the period.
But Boring’s trey was the only Humboldt field goal until she got loose inside for a bucket with 1:47 left in the first half.
The Lady Cubs were able to hit nine free throws in the interim to keep the proceedings close. Boring herself drained a pair of charities to cut Colgan’s lead to 22-20 with 1:13 left in the second quarter.
But the Panthers began to get hot from the field as halftime came and went. Colgan’s Lisa Elmer drained a three-pointer at the 4:43 mark of the third quarter to cap a 16-2 run. Colgan’s lead stood at 46-28 by the end of the third quarter. The lead grew to as much as 26 in the fourth quarter.
Humboldt’s Kelci Owens, the Lady Cubs’ all-time scoring leader, capped a stellar career with a sparkling night from the free throw line. The senior guard connected on only two field goals but went 15-of-15 from the stripe to wind up with a team-high 19 points.
Boring, another senior, ended with 17 points, including the team’s only two three-pointers.
“I’m very proud of all my seniors,” Wilkerson said. “They worked hard all year. This was about the only game we weren’t in until the end.”
Elmer scored a game-high 25 to pace Colgan. Allison McCormick added 12.
Humboldt — (8-12-8-13—41) (FG/3-pt): Green 1-0-4-2, Owens 2-15-3-19, Dillow 0-2-5-2, Wells 0-1-3-1, Boring 2/2-7-5-17, Umholtz 0-0-4-0. TOTALS: 5/2-25-24-41.
Colgan-St. Mary’s — (6-19-21-15—61) (FG/3-pt): Elmer 6/1-10-3-25, Weiner 3-3-4-9, Hayes 1-0-3-2, Trytek 1-1-3-3, Cedeno 1-0-4-2, Sloan 1-1-2-3, McCormick 3/2-0-3-12, Dellasega 2-1-1-5. TOTALS: 18/3-16-23-61.