Concordia girls finish season with conference matchups
Grueling regular seasons came to their resting place, as the Concordia High School girls basketball team finished their I-70 Conference seasons with a trip to Orrick High School and a home game against Santa Fe High School. Additionally, the girls traveled to Cole Camp High School for a non-conference contest. Unfortunately, the Lady O’s fell in all three of their matchups.
Tuesday, Feb. 12—I-70 Conference
Despite overcoming a big first quarter deficit to nearly tie the ballgame heading into the half, Concordia came up just short when they traveled to Orrick High School, falling 46-39 in a tightly-contested matchup.
After putting up one of their worst offensive quarters of the season to start the game off (three first quarter points, from freshman Cate Cooper), the Orioles responded with one of their best quarters, hanging 17 in the second to trim the deficit to 21-20 before the half.
Both the third and the fourth quarters found the Orioles getting outscored by just three points a period, but it would be enough for the Bearcats to clip the Orioles’ wings, 46-39.
The future remains bright for the Orioles, as all three of their leading scorers (Cooper-12 points, sophomore Cassidy Warren-10 points, sophomore Lauren Fiene-seven points) are sophomores or younger. Senior Jacey Smith scored six points, while junior Kailey Ohrenberg chipped in four.
The loss drops the Orioles to 5-17 (0-6) on the year.
The victory moves OHS to 8-13 (1-5).
Wednesday, Feb. 13—I-70 Conference
Santa Fe 52
In both teams’ I-70 Conference finale, the Santa Fe High School Chiefs traveled to Concordia for what would be a narrow matchup for most of the way.
Despite jumping out to an early lead and maintaining slim leads throughout, the Orioles got outplayed in the fourth quarter alone, but it would be enough to sink them, falling to the Lady Chiefs, 52-37.
Six points from freshman Cate Cooper and four from junior Kailey Ohrenberg spearheaded the way for an early eight-point advantage, heading into the second quarter up 14-6.
Tides would turn in the second quarter, however, as the Chiefs put up 13 points behind seven from senior Josey Burton and four from freshman Bella Limback, who also scored all six of the Lady Chiefs’ first quarter points. It was enough to trim the margin to 20-19 heading into the half.
Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter to maintain the deficit. Santa Fe benefitted from junior Carrigan Smith finding her groove, collecting seven points in the third quarter. Limback collected four more as well, while Concordia got four points in the frame from Cooper and senior Jacey Smith.
The wheels fell off in the fourth quarter for CHS, however, as the Orioles could only manage one make from the floor (a 3pt field goal from sophomore Lauren Fiene, and two free throws by Ohrenberg.
Conversely, Santa Fe saw their stars shine, as Smith (six points), Burton (five points), Limback (four points) and junior Maddi Schuette (four points) slammed the door shut in the fourth quarter, leading the Chiefs to their 52-37 victory.
Despite the loss, Orioles head coach Susan Vandevender was still pleased with the effort.
“The final score does not reflect how well we played tonight,” Vandevender said.
Cooper (14 points) and Ohrenberg (10 points) led the way offensively for the Orioles. Smith finished with six points, while Fiene (five points) and sophomore Carys Brockman (two points) also chipped in.
Limback, Smith and Burton all cashed in double-digit scoring for the Lady Chiefs, with 18 points, 15 points, and 13 points, respectively. Schuette (four points) and freshman Taylor Boothe (two points) helped put the Orioles away, collecting all of their points in the fourth quarter.
Santa Fe moved to 17-8 (5-2) with the win.
Concordia fell to 5-18 (0-7) with the conference season-ending loss.
Thursday, Feb. 14—Non-conference
Cole Camp 58
A final tune-up game for the Orioles saw them travel to Cole Camp to take on a Lady Bluebirds team that had lost only three times all season. It proved to be too tough of a matchup for the Lady O’s, as Concordia would fall, 58-36.
Early deficits proved too much for the Orioles to overcome, falling behind by over 20 points heading into the half.
Sophomore Lauren Fiene led Concordia scorers with 13 points. She was followed by seniors Jacey Smith (seven points) and Alexis Borgstadt, who put a solid, six-point offensive performance together along with her consistently-good defensive performances.
Freshman Cate Cooper, sophomore Cate Cooper, and junior Kailey Ohrenberg all put three points in as well.
Concordia falls to 5-19 (0-8) with the loss in their regular season performance.
Cole Camp advanced to 21-3 with the nonconference victory.