Lady Saints, Lady Orioles fall in quarterfinal action

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tough matchups awaited the Concordia High School Orioles and Saint Paul Lutheran High School girls basketball teams, as both would fall in the first round of their respective district tournaments despite performing to the best of their abilities.
The losses conclude hard seasons filled with ups and downs for both squads.

Class 1 District 8 Quarterfinals — Monday, Feb. 18 — Green Ridge High School

(5) Concordia 53
(4) Green Ridge 64

A great second quarter comeback and huge scoring output from freshman Cate Cooper wouldn’t be enough to keep the Concordia High School Orioles girls basketball team from falling in their Class 1 District 18 quarterfinal matchup with the tournament host school, Green Ridge High School Lady Tigers, falling 64-53.

An early 20-12 deficit after one quarter was almost completely erased by the halftime intermission, as the Lady Orioles — led by Cooper (16 first half points, eight in each quarter) and junior Kailey Ohrenberg (seven first half points, five in the second quarter) — stormed back with 17 second quarter points to draw the game to just a one-point deficit, 30-29.

The second half wouldn’t be quite as friendly to the Orioles, however, as the Lady Tigers would outscore the Lady O’s by five points in each of the remaining quarters, going ahead for good en route to the 64-53 victory.

The Lady Orioles left it all on the court and played their hearts out against a tough opponent that has the benefit of home-court advantage. Cooper wound up with the lion’s share of the points, finishing with 26 points before fouling out. She put in 10 points in the fourth quarter before fouling out. Ohrenberg finished with 11, while sophomore Cassidy Warren (six points), sophomore Lauren Fiene (five points) and senior Jacey Smith (five points) also contributed to the total.

An impressive day from the free throw line ultimately went to waste by the Orioles as well, knocking down 14-of-18 from the charity stripe.

Concordia’s Achilles Heel was pretty easy to spot from the scorebook: perimeter defense. An undersized Orioles squad played to their capabilities in defending against the three-ball for much of the season, but allowed nine three-point field goals against Green Ridge.

The loss ends Concordia’s season at 5-18 (0-7).

Green Ridge lived to play another game, moving to 9-15 before getting their season ended in the next round to eventual district champion Leeton High School.

Saint Paul - Class 3 District 14 Quarterfinals — Monday, Feb. 18 — Lafayette County High School
(5) Brookfield 58
(4) Saint Paul 43

A tough first round matchup for the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls basketball team yielded negative results, as the Saints would fall to Brookfield High School in their quarterfinal matchup, 58-43.

An encouraging start for the Lady Saints saw them get ahead to an early 13-10 lead after one quarter, but things went downhill for the Saints rather quickly after that, as the Saints wouldn’t outscore the Lady Bulldogs again in a quarter throughout the match.

A halftime margin of just one point met the squads at halftime, 27-26 Brookfield. That deficit would expand to nine points by the end of the third quarter, however, and increase another six points as the game wittled down. A Brookfield team known for filling the basket did exactly what they needed to do to upset the Saints, eventually winning 58-43.

Despite shots not falling for SPLHS, statistical analysis reveals the Saints stuck with their offensive gameplan for the most part. Sophomore Mary Frerking and senior Chloe Fuhrman (nine rebounds) each finished with 12 points, while senior Karson Troth ended with seven points. Fellow seniors Jada Strickland (two blocks, nine rebounds) and Kerstin Martens scored five and three points, respectively, and senior Malaina Pitsch and freshman Hailey Arnold each scored one two-point field goal apiece. Despite failing to register baskets of her own, freshman Adrien Martens logged four assists to help create offense for her team.

It was a tough matchup for a talented pool of Lady Saints players that will lose six players to graduation — including Lynda Bennett, one of the team’s most important leaders whose season ended midway through the I-70/MRVC Showdown.

With the season-ending loss, the Lady Saints’ final record rests at 15-8 (5-2).

The Lady Bulldogs used the momentum from their victory over Saint Paul into their next matchup — top-seeded Trenton High School — but nearly got doubled-up on still, losing 64-33 in the semifinal round.

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