I-70 tournament recaps for area schools
Concordia High School and Saint Paul Lutheran High School are playing host to the I-70 Conference Tournament. Among other good games from the first round of play, a few matchups between area squads highlighted an exciting beginning to the tournament.
Saturday, Dec. 1 5:30 p.m. CHS
(3) Concordia 75
(6) Lone Jack 57
After a tough loss to Pilot Grove High School for the Concordia High School boys (61-49), the 3-seeded Orioles stepped into the I-70 Conference Tournament looking to bounce back against 6-seed Lone Jack High School.
Behind a tremendous first quarter performance, the Orioles were able to pick up the victory, 75-57.
The first frame was a tremendous one for the Os, as five players put points on the board en route to a 31-4 lead heading into the second quarter. Senior Matthew Gatewood led the charge, going off for 15 points on one 3-point field goal (the only one of the game) and a pair of free throws. He finished with 20 points.
Seniors Cameron Kelly and Tad Deatherage both dropped six points in the first quarter. Deatherage finished with 10 points, while Kelly used a seven-point third quarter to help get him to 15 points on the night.
Concordia advanced to the winners bracket, where they will match up with 2-seed Wellington-Napoleon High School on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Saturday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. SPLHS
(2) Saint Paul 54
(7) Concordia 27
A rivalry matchup was in order for the first round of the girls side of the I-70 Conference Tournament when the 2-seed Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints played host to the 7-seeded Concordia High School Orioles. The Saints had their way, winning 54-27.
Two impressive quarters put the Saints ahead at the half, 23-11. A balanced scoring offense featured 11 Saints getting on the scoreboard. Lynda Bennett was the only player with double-digit scoring, as she finished with 11 points on four shots from the floor and a 3-pt shot.
Seniors Jada Strickland and Chloe Fuhrman also had good scoring outputs, finishing with eight points apiece.
For the Orioles, three players accrued the entirety of the scoring. Junior Kailey Ohrenberg scored a team-high 11 points, while sophomore Cassidy Warren (nine points) and freshman Cate Cooper (seven points) rounded out the offense.
The Saints advanced to the winners bracket with the victory. They will play 6-seed Lone Jack High School on Thursday, Dec. 6, at CHS.
Concordia fell to the consolation bracket, where they matched up with Sweet Springs on Monday, Dec. 3.
Saturday, Dec. 1 4 p.m. SPLHS
(1) Santa Fe 37
(2) (8) Orrick 24
A dominant first quarter was more than enough for the top-seed Santa Fe High School Lady Chiefs to get ahead and stay there, as they would cruise to the 37-24 victory over 8-seed Orrick High School.
Sophomore Josey Burton, junior Maddi Schuette, and freshman Bella Limback each went for nine points, Junior Carrigan Smith also found net, collecting five points in the victory.
The Lady Chiefs advanced to a Wednesday, Dec. 5, matchup with Wellington-Napoleon High School.
Saturday, Dec. 1 4 p.m. CHS
(6) Lone Jack 48
(3) Sweet Springs 32
The upset was on, as the 6-seed Lone Jack High School Lady Mules were able to take advantage of the 3-seed Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds in their I-70 Conference Tournament first round upset.
Senior Brooke Conner found net on a trio of 3-point shots, while Michaela Malter also found 10 points in her final I-70 Conference tournament.
The loss puts Sweet Springs in the consolation bracket, where they took on Concordia High School Monday, Dec. 3.
Monday, Dec. 3 7 p.m. CHS
(7) Concordia 52
(3) Sweet Springs 50
The consolation tournament second round matchup between 7-seed Concordia High School and 3-seed Sweet Springs High School was a classic, as the Orioles held on by a narrow, 52-50 margin.
Senior Michaela Malter stood out with 25 points, including 13 in the third quarter for the Hounds.
Freshman Cate Cooper led the Orioles with 17 points in another strong showing. Sophomore Cassidy Warren collected 12 points, all of which came in handy in the upset victory.
Concordia will advance to the consolation championship, where they will match up with 8-seeded Orrick High School coming off of an upset of their own.
Saturday, Dec. 1 5:30 p.m. SPLHS
(1) St. Paul 60
(8) Orrick 31
On their home floor, the top-seeded Saint Pal Lutheran High School boys were large and in charge against 8-seed Orrick High School, winning by a commanding margin, 60-31.
Senior Elijah Muehler led the team with 12 points, while junior Aaron Kirby netted 11. Senior Dobrivoj Andrejic contributed 10 points, while sophomore Dominic Alicea II stepped in for 10 points, as well.
St. Paul advanced to the winner's bracket, where a matchup with 4-seed Crest Ridge High School will find the Cougars trying to take down the giant.