Lady Orioles hold off Odessa, 34-32

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A slow start looked like it was going to doom the Concordia Lady Orioles at Odessa Friday. But the Lady Orioles rallied to score 24 second-half points and squeak out a 34-32 non-conference victory.

The game wasn't decided until the final minute.

The Lady Orioles held as much as a four-point lead with the clock ticking down. Odessa scored a two-point basket and committed a two-shot foul.

However, with 3.9 seconds to play, Hailee Langkrahr, who had hit five of nine free throws in the game, misfired two times, forcing the Lady Orioles to survive a half-court shot that banged off the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

The Lady Orioles trailed 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and 14-10 at the half.

"The first half, you could tell we were playing back on our heels, allowing them to dictate what we were doing," CHS head coach Bill Hughes said.

Katlin Murray connected for six points and Langkrahr four in the third quarter, but the Lady Orioles still were behind 24-22.

Laura Blankenship, who had been quiet since the first quarter, scored seven points in the fourth quarter for the Lady Orioles.

"The second half, we did a lot better job of attacking them and getting to the free-throw line, where we did a little better than recently."

Langkrahr paced the Lady Orioles with 12 points. Blankenship scored nine points and Murray six.

Kendall Moore scored 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

"Odessa was a physical man-to-man team, and we found a way to be tough enough to pull out the victory," Hughes said. "We played good, hard defense. I couldn't ask for any more."

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