Concordia girls weather late push, hold on for win
Monday, Nov. 28 - Nonconference - Concordia HS
Knob Noster 45
With plenty to play for in their home opener, the Concordia High School Orioles girls basketball team dominated the middle quarters en route to taking down the Class 3 Knob Noster High School Panthers, 53-45.
Sophomore Cate Cooper went off for six points in the opening quarter, while sophomore Landry Yount nailed a three to give Concordia a narrow 12-11 lead after one period, but the ladies went off in the second and third quarters for 12 and 17 points, respectively, while holding Panthers scorers to five points in each quarter. Junior Lauren Fiene knocked down a three-pointer in the second and third quarter each, while senior Kailey Ohrenberg put in seven points behind five-of-seven free throw shooting in the middle quarters to propel the lead to 41-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was a positive one for the Panthers, putting in 24 combined points while making nine of their ten free throw attempts. However, Cooper (seven fourth quarter points) and the O’s put in 12 points of their own to maintain the lead and close the game out.
Cooper was the sole double-digit scorer, finishing with 13 points. Sophomore Hali Deatherage finished with nine points, while a trio of O’s (Fiene, Ohrenberg, and Yount) each finished with seven points.
The Orioles found themselves in foul trouble, fouling eight times in the first half and eight in the second half. They rendered 21 free throws in the process, but Knob Noster knocked down just 12 of those attempts.
It was the ninth straight victory for the Orioles over the Panthers, dating back to Jan. 2012.
The Orioles move to 2-0 (0-0). Just one game (Dec. 3, at home against Pilot Grove HS) separates the squad from the I-70 Conference Tournament.
The Panthers fall to 0-1 to start their season.