Lady Orioles pull away from Santa Fe for win
Pulling away in the fourth quarter, Bill Hughes' Concordia Lady Orioles' basketball team earned a 53-37 I-70 Conference victory at Santa Fe Friday.
That win came three days after the Lady Orioles were beaten 46-32 at home by Orrick.
Concordia 53, at Santa Fe 37
The Lady Orioles started very slowly but kicked it into high gear by midway through the first quarter, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 10-6 lead behind two baskets from Hailee Langkrahr and a three-pointer from Halli Brackman.
The Lady Chiefs hung with Concordia until halftime, when Molly Sander started to get hot from the field with two field goals. CHS lead 19-15.
"We did not match Santa Fe's intensity in the first half that caused us to play a little erratic," Hughes said. "We made the proper adjustments at halftime and had a really productive second half."
In an entertaining third quarter, the Lady Orioles were able to increase their lead to 37-30 with Mandy Latty contributing seven points. Sander scored seven, too, for SFHS.
Opening the fourth quarter on a 12-1 run, the Lady Orioles put away the game. Kamaran Dozler scored five points during the run and Laura Blankenship capped it with a three-pointer. The lead was 49-31 with 3:02 remaining.
Brackman finished with three three-pointers and 13 points for CHS. Latty scored 10 points, Blankenship nine, Hailee Langkrahr eight and Dozler seven.
"We have some girls who are really showing improvement," Hughes said. "We just need to realize that and play that way for four quarters. Right now, that is our biggest downfall, being able to put together four complete quarters."
Sander also had 13 points to top Santa Fe. Lauren Aversman added 11 points and Callie Gieselman seven.
Orrick 46, at Concordia 32
Shutting out the Lady Orioles and scoring 10 points in the opening quarter, Orrick never trailed.
"We came out and had a great first quarter, and that drove us to the win," Orrick head coach Mitch Comstock said. "Concordia is a very good team, and with the return of Tori Kopp, we knew they would be ready for us."
Amanda Rodenberg scored four points and Amy Isenhour three in the opening stanza for the Lady Bearcats. Concordia was able to get on the scoreboard with baskets by Langkrahr, Tori Kopp and Brackman and one of two free throws by Blankenship in the second quarter, but the Lady Bearcats increased their lead to 25-18. Rodenberg got loose inside to score five points and Isenhour scored six points.
Dozler helped get CHS closer in the third quarter by scoring seven points, including a three-pointer. Blankenship scored four points and Langkrahr hit a three-pointer as CHS trimmed the lead to 36-21.
Langkrahr connected two more times from long range and Blankenship scored four more points down the stretch for CHS, but the Lady Bearcats were able to maintain a double-digit lead when Isenhour scored six points.
Isenhour led all scorers with a career-high 17 points, including seven of nine from the free-throw line.
"She was very aggressive offensively and defensively," Comstock said of Isenhour. "She is starting to play with confidence, and that will make her a very good player."
Rodenberg wound up with 13 points. Orrick was 14 for 22 from the free-throw line.
Langkrahr had three threepointers and 11 points to lead CHS. Blankenship had nine points and Dozler seven.