Concordia girls stumble in WellNap Invitational
The Concordia High School girls basketball team competed in the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational this past week. The Orioles squad played on Monday, Jan. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 16. The girls team couldnít secure a victory in the tournament despite a narrow result in the first round.
In their opening round matchup, the Lady Orioles got off to a slow start, and it ultimately was the difference in their matchup with Hardin-Central High School, falling 51-44.
Concordia struggled to keep up with the Lady Bulldogs early on, falling behind 13-7 after one quarter. Senior Jacey Smith collected five points on two two-point field goals and a free throw, while freshman Cate Cooper put in two points of her own.
The offense scored more efficiently in the second quarter for the Lady Oís, as they would put in 13 points behind six each from Cooper and fellow freshman Landry Yount.
They would give up 14 points in the frame, however, moving the halftime score to 27-20 in Hardin-Centralís favor.
Despite a 15-point third quarter, the Orioles saw the lead expand heading into the final quarter, 43-35. Cooper stayed hot, putting up seven points in the quarter to help her team remain close. Four other orioles also scored in the quarter.
The fourth quarter deficit required the Orioles to foul to keep themselves alive, but the Lady Bulldogs knocked down most of their attempts, keeping them on track to eventually put the game away, winning 51-44.
Cooper finished with a team-high 19 points for the Lady Orioles behind three two-point and three-point field goals apiece. Yount finished with eight points, while Smith and junior Kailey Ohrenberg collected five points each. Sophomores Cassidy Warren (four points) and Lauren Fiene (three points) also contributed.
The loss moves the Orioles to 5-9 (0-1) and sets them up for a matchup with the Wellington-Napoleon High School Lady Tigers.
In the second round matchup, the Wellington-Napoleon High School Tigers had no problem knocking Concordia off, advancing with a 62-34 victory.
A large first quarter deficit left the Orioles playing from behind most of the game. The halftime score was 40-14, lending an unlikely prognosis for any comeback attempt.
The Orioles scored better in the third and fourth quarters, picking up nine points in the third and 11 in the fourth quarter, but it would take more for them to overcome WNHS, as the Tigers walked away with the 62-34 victory.
Junior Kailey Ohrenberg was the only Lady Oriole to finish in double-digits, collecting 11 points.
Freshman Cate Cooper finished with eight points after missing a portion of the game after getting into early foul trouble, while sophomore Lauren Fiene and senior Jacey Smith (eight rebounds) finished with four points.
Senior Alexis Borgstadt put in two points, while sophomore Cassidy Warren chipped in three herself.
The loss moves Concordia to 5-10 (0-1) after the loss, setting up a third round matchup with Barstow High School.
WellNap continued their excellent season, advancing to 11-2 (1-0) with the victory.
In their final game in the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational, the Lady Orioles found themselves matched up with Barstow High School. The Lady Knights exploded offensively, filling it up early and often en route to a 63-42 victory.
At the halftime intermission, the score was 42-18 in favor of the Lady Knights. Freshman Cate Cooper put up seven points in the first half, while senior Jacey Smith collected four points of her own.
The Orioles were more productive offensively in the second half, putting up 13 points in the third quarter and 11 more in the third, but it wasnít enough to shrink the margin much by games end, as Barstow collected the 63-42 victory.
Cooper would finish with a double-double, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Smith and junior Kailey Ohrenberg each put in eight points while smith also tallied 10 boards and Ohrenberg picked up seven rebounds and five assists.
Sophomore Carys Brockman tallied four points and three steals.
The Orioles fell to 5-11 (0-1) with the loss. They will try to reverse their fortunes on Friday, Jan. 25 when they host the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Lady Saints in a crosstown I-70 Conference rivalry matchup.
Barstow advanced to 4-4 with the victory.