“We switched between our man and our zone, and played with a little more intensity,” Quaid said of the second half.
“We didn’t show a lot of intensity in the first half. Pittsburg really came out and played well. They shot the ball and really took it to us. They were the more aggressive team in the first half, and it showed. I thought we settled down a little bit better in the second half and played a little better.”
Shawn Luman’s jumper pulled Pittsburg to within 11, but on the opposite end Cody Wren hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 39-25 Kiowa after three quarters. Wren gave the Cowboys several solid minutes off the bench Tuesday, playing smart defense and knocking down two 3-pointers.
“He really kind of sparked us,” Quaid said of Wren. “Got us a little farther distanced away from them, and I thought he did a great job.
“He’s a pretty good shooter. He comes in off the bench, he knows his role, he looks to shoot the ball, and he has a pretty good shooting stroke.”
Kiowa extended its lead with a strong start to the fourth quarter, outscoring Pittsburg 13-2 before emptying the Cowboys’ bench. Doyle and McMath hit 3-pointers in the fourth, Smith and Brycen Overton both put back offensive rebounds for baskets, and McMath scored on a fastbreak despite getting fouled to make it 52-27 Cowboys.
Smith finished with 11 points, Overton with 10 and McMath with 7. Luman led the Panthers with 10.
Luman’s 3-pointer gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead early in the first, but the Cowboys answered on a layup by Smith and then a 3-pointer by
Overton that made it 5-3 Kiowa. Pittsburg kept the game close the entire first half, with Bradley Barron drawing a foul on a layup and sinking the free throw to cut Kiowa’s lead to 12-10.