Saints girls knock off Concordia in conference matchup
On Friday, Jan. 25, the Concordia High School Orioles girls basketball team played host to crosstown rival Saint Paul Lutheran High School in I-70 Conference matchups with possible implications on the standings.
Saint Paul 60
Despite the final score, the Saints didn’t pull away from the Orioles until the second half. The Saints did play to an early lead, going into the second quarter up 12-11.
Oriole freshman Cate Cooper established the CHS offense early with six points in the first quarter, while sophomore Carys Brockman (three points) and junior Kailey Ohrenberg (two points) also chipped baskets in.
The Saints brought a more balanced attack early on, getting three points in the first quarter from senior Kerstin Martins and two points each from four girls (senior Malaina Pitsch, freshman Adrien Martens, sophomore Mary Frerking and senior Karson Troth).
The second quarter was a bit more decisive as they would outscore the Orioles 15-9 in the frame, extending the lead to 27-20 heading into the half.
Senior Saint Chloe Fuhrman found a groove, connecting on two free throws and two two-point field goals, while junior Joanna Peuster nailed a three-point field goal. Frerking added four more points, and A. Martens contributed another two points.
Oriole scorers had less success in the second, as Ohrenberg added four points and Cooper chipped in three. Cassidy Warren got on the scoreboard, as well, as the sophomore collected two points.
The third quarter was the least competitive of the matchup, as the Saints blew the Orioles out, 17-6, in the frame. Senior Jada Strickland got involved with the scoring, joining Frerking with four points in the quarter. K. Martens and freshman Hailey Arnold joined Fuhrman with two points, and Peuster added her second three-point field goal of the night.
Free throws comprised the majority of the Orioles’ third quarter scoring, as they connected on four-of-six free throws but only one field goal, a two-point shot from senior Jacey Smith.
The final frame was somewhat competitive, with the Saints narrowly edging the Orioles, 16-11, but ultimately didn’t question the result of the game, as the Saints would ride the clock down to a 60-38 victory.
Fuhrman led the Saints in scoring, collecting 10 points and seven rebounds. Peuster ended with nine points and three assists, while K. Martens (two assists) and A. Martens (eight rebounds) each collected eight points, as did Frerking. Strickland (seven rebounds) collected six points, while Arnold (five points) and Pitsch (two points, five rebounds) chipped in buckets. Troth (two points, five rebounds, five assists, five steals, four blocks) fell just three points and one blocked shot shy of the elusive five-by-five (five points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks each).
“It was a good win for us,” Saints head coach John Beerman said. “We took control late in the second quarter and extended our lead the rest of the night. One thing that stands out to me and looks good for our team is that the bench players totaled 32 of our 60 points.”
Cooper (12 points) and Ohrenberg (11 points) led the way for the Orioles, while Smith (five points), Warren (three points), Brockman (three points), sophomore Lauren Fiene (two points), and freshman Landry Yount (one point) found the scoreboard, as well.
The Saints advanced to 10-5 (2-1) with the victory.
Concordia falls to 5-12 (0-2) with the loss.