Lady O’s dominant in opener
Friday, Nov. 22 - Nonconference - Smithton HS
Three dominant quarters of action led the Concordia High School Orioles girls basketball team to victory in their season debut, winning on the road against the Smithton High School Tigers, 73-43.
After one quarter, the Orioles found themselves ahead 20-15 behind sophomore Landry Yount’s 10.
Second-chance points were critical to the Orioles success in the second quarter, outpacing the Tigers 12-6 in rebounds and outscoring their opponents 22-7. Junior Lauren Fiene paced the team for the quarter with eight points, with sophomore Cate Cooper putting in four points and senior Kailey Ohrenberg knocking down a three and a two for five points.
Cooper and Fiene would splash from outside the arc in the third quarter, with Fiene finishing the third with five points and Cooper with eight.
The squad allowed 16 points, but scored 23 of their own to essentially secure the victory, and they would play ball control for most of the final quarter to walk out with the 73-43 victory.
Four Orioles finished with double-digit scoring, as Yount (team-high 17 points), Cooper (15 points), Fiene (13 points) and Ohrenberg (12 points) all found bottoms at a high-rate.
Speaking of high-rate, the Orioles had overwhelming success on free throws, knocking down 16/19 from the line (84 percent).
While the shots may not have actually played a huge impact in the game’s bottom line, making this a constant in their game will pay off huge dividends for a young Orioles team trying to prove that they’re ready to compete ahead of schedule.
The Orioles got the hardest part — the first victory — knocked out of the way early this year, snapping a three-game losing streak to Smithton. They advance to 1-0 (0-0) with the win.
Smithton falls to 0-1 with the loss.