Orioles girls come up short against Crest Ridge
Tuesday, Jan. 8 - I-70 Conference
Crest Ridge 54
Despite playing to an advantage through three quarters, the Concordia High School girls basketball team couldnít put the Crest Ridge High School Cougars to bed in their first I-70 Conference game of the season, falling 54-42.
Despite trailing 14-11 after the first quarter, the Orioles stepped it up in the second quarter. Junior Kailey Ohrenberg took 13 points into the halftime intermission (five first-quarter points, eight second-quarter points). She got help from freshman Cate Cooper (six first-half points), sophomores Cassidy Warren and Lauren Fiene (five first-half points each), and senior Jacey Smith (four points) en route to a big second quarter (22 points) and a 33-28 halftime lead ó despite allowing 22 first half points to dynamic junior Cougar Cam Martin.
Concordia had a much more difficult time putting points up in the second half, scoring just seven points in the third quarter while Martin herself had eight points and the team combined for 11 in the period.
The tough times multiplied in the fourth quarter, as only Ohrenberg scored for the Orioles in the final period, a two-point field goal. The Orioles ultimately would have needed to put up a much better performance in the last frame, and it was the eventual kiss of death in the matchup.
Ohrenberg finished with a team-high 17 points, aided by a perfect night from the free throw line (6/6 on free throws). Fiene (eight points), Warren (five points), Cooper and Smith (six points each) contributed offensively, but Martinís 39-point game was too much for the Orioles to overcome.
The Orioles would fall to 5-8 (0-1) after their first crack at I-70 play. After a snow-out on Friday, Jan. 11, the Orioles will try to reverse fortunes when they tip off at the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational.
The Cougars are also on the way to finding their final form still, as the Cougars advance to 5-8 (1-1) with the victory.