Concordia girls face tough opponent to begin I-70 Conference Tournament
A tough first round matchup for the Concordia High School Orioles girls basketball team found them falling short of a win over Santa Fe HS to open the I-70 Conference Tournament. However, the Lady Orioles would follow-up the opening loss with back-to-back wins against Orrick HS and Sweet Springs HS to end their tournament on a high note.
The young squad gained valuable experience from the conference tourney and will look to take advantage in the second half of the season.
Saturday, Dec. 7 - I-70 Conference Tourney, first round - Crest Ridge HS
Santa Fe 64
A dominant opening quarter for the Lady Chiefs made things difficult on Concordia early, but they would claw nearly all of the way back before ultimately falling, 64-54.
A 19-point outburst for the Lady Chiefs put them ahead 19-11 after the first quarter, but the Orioles would flip the script and end the second quarter down just one, 27-26.
Unfortunately for Orioles fans, however, the second half would largely belong to Lady Chiefs scorers, with 35 points putting them ahead comfortable and permanently despite Concordia drawing close a few times.
The loss eliminated the Orioles from contention for the tournament championship, but coach Susie Vandevender was comfortable with her team’s performance.
“It was nice to get four girls in double-figures again,” Coach V. said. “We had two great runs getting within four points, but we couldn’t quite inch ahead of them.”
Senior Kailey Ohrenberg recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Lauren Fiene finished with 15 points and two steals. Sophomores Cate Cooper and Landry Yount finished with 11 points, and Cooper fell just two assists and four rebounds shy of a triple-double. She also recorded two blocked shots.
Monday, Dec. 9 - I-70 Conference Tourney, second round - Crest Ridge HS
Despite a pair of extremely inefficient quarters offensively, Concordia was able to get ahead of Orrick late and carve themselves out a come-from-behind overtime victory, 45-40.
A four-point performance in the first quarter found the Orioles down 17-4, but the second quarter was much smoother for Concordia. After producing 18 points and limiting the Bearcats to just eight points, the Orioles found themselves down just three heading into the half.
An offensively-inclined quarter for the Orioles found them scoring just six points, but the bottom line didn’t jump much as they allowed just six points.
Down five points in the fourth, the Orioles would be able to maintain their intensity defensively (nine points allowed) while filling the box score to the tune of 14 points -- tying the game at 40 and sending it into overtime.
A perfect defensive performance by the Orioles ensured that their five overtime points would be enough to ensure the squad the 45-40 victory after being down double-digits multiple times.
A tough first quarter almost derailed the Lady O’s, but head coach Susie Vandevender said that while they struggled across the board in the first quarter, the squad adjusted accordingly.
“We changed our defense and started shooting 3’s and playing better,” Vandevender said.
Twelve of sophomore Cate Cooper’s 15 points came in the fourth quarter and overtime as the youngster put up another signature performance in the victory. Junior Cassidy Warren put up eight points, while sophomore Landry Yount did the same.
The Orioles efficiency from outside was also encouraging to Coach V.
“We are gaining confidence in our outside game.”
Six different Orioles knocked down three-point shots, with Yount being the only Oriole to connect on two.
Friday, Dec. 13 - I-70 Conference Tournament, fourth-place game - Crest Ridge HS
Sweet Springs 43
A great performance by the Orioles capped their I-70 Conference Tournament experience, defeating Sweet Springs 52-43 behind a few excellent offensive quarters.
A quiet third quarter for the Orioles (five points) could have been problematic, but the Lady O’s had already produced an excellent output through two quarters, dropping 13 points in the first quarter and 19 points in the second. Sweet Springs held a 16-13 lead after one quarter, but found themselves down 32-25 after one half of action.
After their off-brand third period, the O’s got their juice back to finish the Greyhounds off, outscoring Sweet Springs 15-5 to preserve the lead.
Sophomore Cate Cooper finished with 17 points in the matchup, while juniors Lauren Fiene and Carys Brockman ended with eight points apiece. Sophomore Cassidy Warren knocked down two 3-pt shots and three free throws, and senior Kailey Ohrenberg ended with seven points.