Lady O’s find first victory
The Concordia High School Orioles girls basketball team’s season tipped off just before the Thanksgiving break, splitting results in their first two games. Concordia hosted Smithton High School (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 16, falling to the Tigers, 55-34, in both school’s first game of the season. They bounced back on Monday, Nov. 19, when they traveled to Knob Noster High School (0-0) and defeated the Panthers, 45-36. The early-season split brings the Orioles to 1-1 (0-0) to start the 2018-2019 season.
Friday, Nov. 16 — Nonconference
Points came at a premium in the Orioles’ first half of basketball in the new season.
The Tigers went into the halftime break up 28-12. The main reason for the deficit was just six CHS points scored (three FGs, 6-9 FTs) in each of the first two quarters.
The Lady O’s nearly doubled their offensive production in the second half, picking up 11 points in both the the third and fourth quarters. They splashed two threes in the third quarter and hit on 8-13 second half free throws. Unfortunately for the Orioles, it wouldn’t be enough to claw their way back into the game, losing 55-34.
Junior Kailey Ohrenberg finished with a team-high nine points. Ohrenberg (3-5 FTs), senior Jacey Smith (4-6 FTs), and freshman Cate Cooper (6-8 FTs) registered the majority of the team’s free throws, finishing 14-25 from the line as a team. Cooper and Smith both finished with six points. They made only nine shots from the floor (two 3-pointers), but six different Orioles scored.
Monday, Nov. 19 — Nonconference
Knob Noster 36
In spite of the Panthers running away with an early first-quarter advantage, the Orioles came away with a victory over Knob Noster, 45-36. Two free throws and two field goals were all the Orioles could muster in the first quarter, but they turned it on from there on out, outscoring the Panthers 15-8 in the second quarter and 17-4 in the third.
Concordia got the job done offensively through young talent, as freshman Cate Cooper led all scorers with 15 points (4-5 FTs, one 3-pointer) and sophomore Cassidy Warren recorded 10 points (4-6 FTs). Junior Kailey Ohrenberg (eight points), senior Jacey Smith (seven points), and sophomore Lauren Fiene (five points, one 3-pointer) also chopped in points.
The Orioles were benefited by a lackluster performance from the free throw line by the Panthers (12-28 FTs, 43 percent FT) and zero made shots from behind the line. The O’s had moderate success from the charity stripe, connecting on 11 of 18 free throw attempts (61 percent).
A balanced scoring output bodes well moving forward for a Concordia squad still a few games away from finding their identity.
Strong defensive performances in the second and third quarters are also promising signs moving into the I-70 Conference Tournament, which will take place the week of Dec. 1.