Lafayette County Tournament follow-up
The Concordia High School Lady Orioles finished the Lafayette County Tournament in third place after defeating Wellington-Napoleon High School in the third-place game. The Orioles defeated Lexington High School in the first round and lost to the Lady Chiefs in the semifinal round.
The Saint Paul Lutheran High School Lady Saints finished in sixth place after losing to Lexington High School in the fifth-place game. They lost to host Lafayette County High School in the first round, but defeated Knob Noster High School in the second round.
Tuesday, Jan. 2
Santa Fe 61
In their first round matchup, the one-seeded Santa Fe Lady Chiefs took on the four-seeded Carrollton Trojans, a rematch of their game on Dec. 14 (Santa Fe won 74-38). The second version went about the same as the first, as Santa Fe pulled away in the first half and rode the momentum to an easy 61-36 victory.
Senior Sadie Limback was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 30 points on 14 two-point field goals. Helping Limback shoulder the offensive load was junior Josey Burton (15 points) and freshman Callie Fuerhing (11 points).
The easy victory advanced Santa Fe into the winners bracket, where a matchup with Concordia awaits them. Carrollton advanced on to play Lexington High School (who lost to Concordia) in the losers bracket.
The victory also brought Santa Fe to 8-2 on the season (0-1 in the I-70 Conference). Carrollton, in losing, fell to 1-8 on the season. They’ve been bullied particularly hard by the ladies of the I-70 Conference, who are a combined 5-0 against Carrollton.
Semifinal - Wednesday, Jan. 3
Santa Fe 55
After earning victories in the first round, the Santa Fe Lady Chiefs took on the Concordia Orioles in the semifinal round. While Concordia played their tails off, the high-powered Lady Chiefs offense was too much for the Orioles to overcome, falling to Santa Fe 55-40.
Per usual, Santa Fe was powered by senior Sadie Limback. Concordia did a much better job of keeping her out of the scorebook than Carrollton did in the first round, but that still allowed the post threat to drop a game-high 20 points, although they made her earn six of those points from the free throw line on 11 attempts. Nine of Limback’s points came in the first quarter.
Sophomore Carrigan Smith did her part offensively (12 points on two three-pointers), as did junior Josey Burton (10 points).
Concordia was led in scoring by senior Madyson Langkrahr (13 points) and sophomore Kailey Ohrenberg (11 points). Despite leading the first round game in scoring, senior Samantha Brackman was only good for eight points, although Ohrenberg’s 11 and junior Jacey Smith’s eight helped offset that to a degree, albeit not enough for a victory. The four listed Orioles were the only ones who registered points.
The win advanced the Lady Chiefs to the championship game, where a matchup with Higginsville awaits them. For the Orioles, a third-place matchup with Wellington-Napoleon, who lost to Higginsville in the other semifinal matchup.
The Lady Chiefs advanced to 9-2 (0-1 in the I-70 Conference) with the victory over Concordia, while the Orioles fell to 5-5 (0-0 in the I-70 Conference).
Championship - Saturday, Jan. 6
Santa Fe 48
Lafayette County 31
In the girls side of the Lafayette County Tournament, the Santa Fe Lady Chiefs took on the other one-seed, the Lafayette County Lady Huskers, in the tournament’s championship match. Despite the top-rankings, only of these teams played up to the ranking, and as such, the Santa Fe Lady Chiefs took home the Lafayette County Tournament championship, winning 48-31.
From the get-go, the Lady Chiefs’ defense appeared to be too much for the Lady Huskers, as Laf Co was held to just 12 first half points (seven in the first quarter). This trend played itself throughout the game, as the Lady Huskers put up double-digit scoring in just the fourth quarter - 13, although they came well after the game was out of reach.
On the flip-side of that, the Lady Chiefs were held to just seven points in the second quarter, but picked up 14, 11, and 16 points in the first, third, and fourth quarters. There was no answer for senior star Sadie Limback, who finished with a game-high 25 points on 11 two-point field goals and a trio of free throws. No other Lady Chief needed to put up double-digit points, with junior Josey Burton coming in closest with eight.
With each team hitting just one three-pointer, this game was going to be won by the more physically dominant team, and that’s exactly what happened here, as the Lady Chiefs outperformed Laf Co each and every quarter to earn the victory.
The win gives Santa Fe not only a new trophy for the case, but also an improved record, as the victory brings them to 10-2 on the season (0-1 in the I-70 Conference). One of the premier girls basketball teams in the area, they will hope to use their momentum and talent to stay red-hot throughout the school year’s second semester.
For Lafayette County, the loss drops them to 8-5 on the year. It is the second tournament runner-up designation they have earned in as many tries.