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The Orrick Lady Bearcats held Wellington-Napoleon to one field goal and two free throws in the first half on the way to a 45-17 road victory Thursday night.
Orrick improved to 2-1 in the I-70 Conference and 9-5 overall, thanks to a great defensive effort according to coach Mitch Comstock.
“We played with a lot of intensity and probably had our best night of boxing out and rebounding,” he said. “We struggled a bit shooting the ball, but if we can play defense like we did last night, we will be OK.”
Wellington-Napoleon hit just five field goals for the game, which included a 3-point bucket, while also making 5 of a dozen attempts from the free throw line for its offensive output.
Comstock said his team will have to improve its free throw shooting after hitting just 7 of 18 attempts Thursday night.
Fortunately for the Lady Bearcats, free throw shooting would not be a factor after jumping out to a 7-0 first-period lead, and a 20-4 halftime cushion. Orrick outscored the Tigers 12-8 in the third, and 13-5 in the fourth quarter.
Amanda Rodenberg led the Lady Bearcat offense with 20 points, while Elizabeth Clark added 10. Also scoring for Orrick were Amy Isenhour with 4, Caitlin Stevinson and Gabriela Pigg with 3 each and Shelby Harth with 2. Leslie LaFavor, Kristee Harris and Megan Stagner added one free throw apiece.
Wellington, now 0-3 and 3-15, were led by Jessica Woodall and Kaitlin Soendker with 5 each.