Lady O’s take down Lady Greyhounds, boys fall in Courtwarming
On Friday, Feb. 2, the Concordia High School Orioles hosted the Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds varsity boys and girls basketball teams in Concordia’s annual Courtwarming game. While the Lady Orioles got the job done, the Greyhounds pulled one out from Concordia’s boys.
When analyzing the girls game, it’s apparent the final score hardly fits the game’s story. That’s because for three quarters, there was hardly much of a game, as Concordia got hot and stayed hot the entire night.
Senior Madyson Langkrahr came out of the gates to the tune of nine first quarter points, and junior Jacey Smith contributed another four points to bring Concordia to a 13-11 lead.
That lead took on a whole new life in the second quarter, as five Lady O’s mix-and-matched baskets while shutting down Sweet Springs’ offense (only one second quarter field goal, a two pointer). The result was a solid 16-4 CHS second quarter, bringing the halftime score to 29-15.
Sweet Springs found their groove in the third, cashing out with 14 points, but only after allowing the O’s 16 points of their own (eight points by senior Samantha Brackman certainly helped).
The fourth quarter was the anomaly of the game to say the least. The Lady Greyhounds — who entered the fourth quarter with just 29 total points — matched their first three quarters of production in the fourth, putting up a whopping 29 points. While the Orioles were certainly outplayed in the fourth, they had to get outplayed by 16 points in the quarter — a ridiculously hard thing to do — and it didn’t happen, securing the O’s a Courtwarming victory.
Brackman — held to just four points in the first half — put in eight points in the third quarter and 12 of her team’s 19 closing quarter points. Langkrahr put in 15 points as well, while Smith and senior Bethany Steen put up six points each.
The Orioles advanced to 9-11 (3-2 in conference) with the victory.
With the loss, the Lady Greyhounds fell to 6-14 (1-3 in conference).
In the boys matchup, the Orioles got off to a hot start on defense, holding the Greyhounds to just six points while putting up 12 of their own behind junior Matthew Gatewood’s five-point quarter.
The second quarter, however, was largely a reversal of fortunes, as the Orioles this time were outscored 17-11 in the quarter. The Orioles seemed to have no answer to the Greyhound long-range game, banging down five of their team’s seven total three-pointers in this period (the other two came in the third), and the two teams went to halftime tied at 23.
In the third period, nine points were all that Concordia could manage, which is less-than-ideal considering they allowed 19. Aside from junior Tad Deatherage’s three-pointer, junior Cameron Kelly accounted for all of the team’s points in the period, knocking down a trio of twos.
Heading to the fourth quarter down 42-32, the Orioles knew they’d need two things: offensive execution, and some luck. While they achieved the first goal behind 11 points from Gatewood en route to a 19-point quarter, it was for not, as they allowed 18 points in the period — largely thanks to 14 made free throws on 24 attempts. The Orioles were much-improved from the stripe (nine-of-12 on free throws), but they didn’t have the luck they were hoping from when they sent the Greyhounds to the line at the end of the game.
The Greyhounds knocked down seven threes in the game, certainly a difference-maker in the outcome (the O’s knocked down just four).
The Orioles fall to 13-9 (3-2 in conference) with the loss, which was also their first loss inside the friendly confines of Concordia High School this season.
With the victory, the Greyhounds improved to 10-8 (2-2 in the conference).