Colgan off to hot start; Brown, Torrance provide 1-2 punch

Lily Brown is posting 23 points and 12 rebounds per game this season.

PITTSBURG, Kan.  – The Colgan Panthers have won their first four games by more than 40 points-per-game.

“I thought they’ve played some of their best basketball so far,” says head coach Abby Farabi, “but there’s still a lot we can work on.”

“We know what our end goal is for this season. We want to get back to Manhattan,” says senior Lauren Yaghmour, who is averaging 5.8 points, 4.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game, “The dedication with this team started in November. Putting in that work and seeing the success that’s already shown has been great.”

The Panthers have been led in scoring by the duo of junior Lauren Torrance and sophomore Lily Brown.

Brown is averaging an impressive 23 points and 12 rebounds per game.

“I feel like running the court has been big for me,” Brown says of her hot start, “I’ve been able to see the court a lot better this year compared to last year. It’s kind of crazy how much one year can boost your confidence.”

“She’s doing a great job rebounding. She can jump out of the gym and she can run the floor,” Farabi says of Brown, “She’s doing a great job finding the openings and the seams rebounding. She runs the floor really well. She’s tough to guard.”

“Immediately when I put on the ball on the floor in transition, I’m looking for her down the court,” Yaghmour says of the sophomore, “She’s sprinting as hard as she can, and she gets rebounds really well, too. She’s had a couple double-doubles. She’s really improved and I’m proud of her. ”

Torrance is also in double figures, averaging 11 points and nearly 5 rebounds per night.

“Her and Lily together are really starting to click and gel,” Farabi says of Torrance and Brown, “They’re kind of like our team inside the team. You have those two inside and teams try to zone us and take them away, but they’re just finding ways to play with each other and she’s doing a great job running the floor as well.”

While the team is led by younger players in scoring, it’s the three seniors on the team providing the leadership and experience to make it all work.

“A player-led team is going to go way farther than a coach-led team,” Farabi says, “I feel like the three seniors have done a great job.”

“The seniors are by far the most important factor,” Brown says, “They control our team and they give us confidence.”

“When we come to practice every day, it starts with our seniors, our captains,” Yaghmour adds, “We have to give 100% and then that goes down to our younger players and they do the same thing. They’re motivated by us. If we are working our hardest, then they are doing the same.”

“I just feel like they’re picking up on their weaknesses and really taking it seriously,” Farabi finishes, “They do have an ultimate goal, and that’s to win a state championship.”

Colgan is currently 4-0 and ranked #2 in the state in the latest KBCA 2A poll released on Tuesday.

The Panthers will return to the floor after the holiday break, hitting the road on January 4th to face the Iola Mustangs.