Lone Jack eliminates Orioles in first round of district
Getting off to a fast start wasn't good enough for the sixth-seeded Concordia Orioles last week Tuesday in the first round of the Class 2, District 14 Tournament at Crest Ridge.
After racing to a 14-8 through one quarter, the Orioles were outscored 43-23 by No. 3-seeded Lone Jack and eventually succumbed 66-55.
Two three-point shots by Carter Brown and eight points split between Drew Smith and Jamie Thieman in the first quarter gave the Orioles an early lift and lead.
Bryan Moore, who had been held to four first-quarter points, and Jake Suhr took the reins for the Mules in the second quarter. Moore hit a pair of field goals and was five of six from the free-throw line for nine points, and Suhr connected two times from behind the three-point arc, the Mules surging to a 31-26 lead at the intermission.
The Mules dominated the third quarter, posting a 20-11 spree, and holding a 51-37 ad-vantage.
Skylar Overlander took over the third quarter for LJHS with four field goals. Suhr connected again from three-point range and had five points. Moore added four points, and Christian Phelps drained a three-pointer.
The hill proved too steep for the Orioles to climb in the final stanza, though they did win the stanza 18-15 behind two threes and 10 points from Brown and a three-pointer and seven points from Smith.
The Mules maintained a comfortable cushion with Over-lander contributing six points and Moore scoring five points.
Moore, who was eight of 14 from the free-throw line, led all Mules with 22 points. Suhr had three three-pointers and 16 points and Overlander added 14 points, all in the second half.
CHS's Brown finished with five threes and five two-point field goals for 25 points to pace all scorers. Smith added two threes and finished with 16 points.
Thieman added one of two free throws in the third quarter and finished with five points. Alic Frerking and Cale Brunkhorst each scored four points and Austin Hon one.
The Orioles finished the season 11-14 and will lose Tyler Tolias, Jordan Gieselman and starters Brown, Frerking and Smith.