The Orrick Lady Bearcats shook off a loss to Hardin-Central one night earlier with a dominating 50-20 victory over Kingsville Wednesday night at the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament.
Orrick controlled the game from the opening tip as the Lady Bearcats jumped out to a 20-1 first-period lead. Lady Bearcat Coach Mitch Comstock said it was a good all-around effort from his team as they improved to 6-3 for the season.
“I was proud of how the girls handled back-to-back nights, especially after a tough loss,” he said.
Orrick led 29-9 at the half and 38-17 entering the final 8 minutes.
The Lady Bearcats pulled down 16 defensive rebounds among their total of 26, while hitting 41 percent from the field.
Amanda Rodenberg and Brooke Endsley each hit for 11 points while grabbing 5 rebounds for Orrick. Nine other Lady Bearcats scored at least one point.
Elizabeth Clark scored 6 points, followed by Leslie LaFavor with 5, Gabriela Pigg, Nichole Harth and Amy Isenhour with 4 each, Kristee Harris and Caitlin Stevenson with 3 apiece, Megan Swartz with 2 and Megan Stagner with a free throw.
LaFavor and Endsley each connected on one 3-point field goal.
Isenhour grabbed 6 of Orrick’s 23 steals for the night with Swartz, LaFavor and Rodenberg getting 3 apiece. The Lady Bearcats hit 8 of their 15 free throws with Kingsville making 4 of its 8 from the stripe.
The Lady Bearcats and St. Mary’s will meet for the third time this season this evening in the third-place game. The teams have split their previous two contests. The last game went to St. Mary’s as the Lady Trojans captured a 42-34 decision over Orrick in the first round of last week’s Bill Burns Classic at Lathrop.
The Lady Bearcats and Trojans will tip off this evening at 6:30. The Orrick boys play for third place Saturday at 1 p.m. against I-70 Conference rival Concordia.