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The Orrick Lady Bearcats opened the new basketball season and the I-70 Conference Tournament with what coach Mitch Comstock called a great team effort.
The top-seeded Lady Bearcats thumped Windsor 80-22 Monday night at Sweet Springs.
Comstock said the offensive production was a direct result of a great defensive effort from his Lady Bearcats.
“We had an outstanding offensive night,” he said. “A lot of this came from our defense as we forced 30 turnovers. This was a great team effort with our leading scorer being a freshman who came off the bench in her first varsity game. I was very proud of our effort and intensity.”
Amy Isenhour led the way with 15 points while two others also reached double figures with Amanda Rodenberg hitting for 12, and Leslie LaFavor adding 11.
Orrick put this one away early with a 26-9 cushion after the first period. Isenhour posted 11 of her 15 points in the second quarter as the Lady Bearcats outscored the Greyhounds 21-4 on the way to building a 47-13 bulge at the half. Orrick then outscored Windsor 20-4 in the third quarter and 13-5 in the final period.
Every Orrick player got in on the scoring act with Brooke Endsley totaling 9, followed by Megan Stagner with 8, while Megan Swartz and Elizabeth Clark scored 6 each.
Also scoring were Gabriela Pigg and Shelby Harth with 4 apiece; Caitlin Stevinson with 3, and Kristee Harris with 2.
Jessie Wolfe led the Windsor scoring with 8.
The lone down side for Orrick was the free throw shooting. The Lady Bearcats his just 5 of 19 from the stripe, while Windsor was good on 8 of 12 attempts.
Orrick meets Concordia in the semifinals Wednesday at 9 p.m.