Lady Orioles grab consolation
Dominant from the start, the Concordia Lady Orioles recorded a 60-22 victory over the Knob Noster Lady Panthers to claim the consolation trophy at the 22nd annual Lafayette County Tournament (I-70 Conference/MRVC East Challenge) at Knob Noster Friday.
"The girls played a hard, smart game both offensively and defensively," CHS head coach Susie Vandevender said. "We gained the lead early and kept it, which is something we have been working on."
The Lady Orioles raced to a 16-4 lead after the opening stanza, including five points from Cailey Cooper and four from Ellison Brunkhorst.
In a 14-9 second-quarter run, the Lady Orioles got six more points from Cooper and led 30-13 at the half.
With Mallory Scherer tossing in five of her 11 points in the third quarter, the Lady Orioles led 41-22.
The Lady Orioles' defense pitched a shutout in the final eight minutes.
Cooper led the Lady Orioles with 19 points. Brunkhorst added eight points and Mady Lang-krahr seven, including four in the fourth quarter.
It wasn't just about her offense for Brunkhorst, according to Vendevender. Brunkhorst was a force in the middle, pulling down 12 rebounds and blocked eight shots.
"Elli's defense has improved every game," Vandevender said. "She plays smart by moving her feet, keeping her hands straight up, and attacking the boards."
Holly Chabotte paced the Lady Panthers with eight points.
The Lady Orioles reached the consolation final after pounding Lexington 71-30.
Concordia used a strong first quarter to propel it to the easy win.
With Cooper putting up seven points and six from Sami Brackman, the Lady Orioles jumped to an 18-9 lead.
If that wasn't enough, the Lady Orioles completely dominated the second quarter, scoring 28 points, including eight from Langkrahr and two threes and seven points from Cooper.
It was a 46-19 advantage at the break, stretched to 61-30 with a quarter to go.
Cooper paced the Lady Orioles with 21 points, including three three-pointers.
Brackman tossed in six of her 15 points in the third quarter and Langkrahr finished with 10.
Makayla Lamphier took game-high honors for the Minutewomen with 23 points, including three threes.
Cooper and Lamphier were named to the all-tournament team.