Concordia boys wrap up season with conference matchups
Grueling regular seasons came to their resting place, as the Concordia High School Orioles boys and girls basketball teams 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.
Both teams were consistent in the final week of the regular season, although that is better news for one squad than the other: the boys went 2-0 and finished in second place in the I-70 Conference regular season standings, while the Lady O’s fell in all three of their matchups.
Tuesday, Feb. 12—I-70 Conference
With just two I-70 Conference regular season games left, the Concordia Orioles kept themselves squarely in the I-70 Conference regular season championship picture, taking care of Orrick High School on the road, 66-51.
Tight advantages for the Orioles found them ahead 17-15 after one quarter and 29-25 after two. Senior Matthew Gatewood put up the majority of the team’s early points, scoring 16 in the first half, but the most memorable came from Cameron Kelly, as the senior broke 1,000 career points with his first basket of the game, a layup in the first quarter.
The CHS advantage would shrink to two points again heading into the fourth quarter, as the Orioles were outscored 17-15 in the period despite six points from Kelly and four from senior Lane Mueller. The score moved to 44-42 heading into the final frame.
The two seniors would lead the way again in the final quarter, as Kelly picked up eight points and Mueller contributed six to lead the Orioles to a 66-51 final. Gatewood put in six in the quarter as well, while senior Tad Deatherage also scored from inside the arc once.
Gatewood led the way with 24 points, while Kelly (18 points) and Mueller (14 points) also cracked double-digits. Deatherage ended with five points, while sophomore Troy Brandt and junior Brayden McGinnis put up three and two points, respectively.
The win moves the Orioles to 15-8 (5-1) on the season.
Orrick fell to 7-14 (0-6) with the loss.
Wednesday, Feb. 13—I-70 Conference
Santa Fe 35
In the I-70 Conference finale for both teams, Concordia took care of business, knocking off their rivals from the other side of Seven Hills Road, Santa Fe High School. The Orioles took care of business, knocking off the Chiefs, 56-35.
The Orioles brought their worst offensive quarter of the season out in the first quarter, as the Chiefs defense allowed just four points, both by senior Cameron Kelly. Unfortunately for Santa Fe, they could only manage six points of their own. It would be enough for an early advantage, but hardly a sizeable one at 6-4.
Junior Alex Edwards collected seven points in the second quarter, but a balanced offensive approach by the Orioles saw two Orioles score six points (seniors Lane Mueller and Matthew Gatewood) to lead the O’s to a 19-13 advantage in the quarter, and a 23-19 halftime lead.
Another tight quarter saw the Orioles extend their lead by just one point (35-30 after three quarters), but a fourth quarter explosion powered the Orioles to the comfortable margin the game ended at, with the O’s taking the 56-35 victory.
Gatewood ended with 14 points after a big third quarter performance (eight points), while senior Tad Deatherage collected all nine of his points in the fourth quarter, while Lane Mueller put up 12 points in the victory.
Edwards and senior Noah Blomberg finished in double-digits for the Chiefs with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Seniors Wyatt Sims and Tanner Begemann scored seven and five points, respectively.
The loss drops SFHS to 6-19 (1-6).
With the victory, the Orioles extend their winning streak to five games, the longest of the season. They move to 15-8 (6-1) in their last regular season game, as a snow-out the next night prevented the Polo High School squad from making the trip to Concordia for a final tune-up.