Concordia girls fall short against conference opponents

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Concordia High School Orioles boys and girls basketball teams took on a slew of I-70 Conference opponents over the past week. The girls squad had trouble despite a few solid outings.

Wednesday, Jan. 31
Lone Jack 59
Concordia 54

An efficient second half of offense couldn’t help the Concordia Lady Orioles overcome a slow first half, as the Lady O’s would eventually succumb in their Courtwarming effort, 59-54.

A 14-9 Lone Jack advantage after one quarter grew slightly as the game went into the halftime intermission, with the Mules leading 25-19.

Big third quarter performances by freshman Cate Cooper (10 points) and sophomore Lauren Fiene (six points on two three-point field goals) led the Orioles to a 20-point frame, but they could only trim the margin slightly, heading into the fourth quarter down 43-39.

Cooper came up big again in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points on two three-point makes, but it wouldn’t be enough for the O’s to take down the Mules, eventually falling 59-54.

Cooper led the team with 28 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Fiene and junior Kailey Ohrenberg each picked up eight points.

The performance against a stout Lone Jack squad leaves nothing for the Lady O’s to hang their heads about, but it does drop their record to 5-15 (0-4) and keeps a losing streak alive — now up to seven games in a brutally tough stretch, of which all but one were against teams with records above .500.

The Mules improved upon a stellar season with the victory, advancing to 14-3 (4-1) and keeping them squarely in the mix for an I-70 Conference regular season championship.

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