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The Orrick Lady Bearcats had a tough time getting out of the gate Tuesday night in a 49-29 loss at Dearborn to North Platte. The No. 4 ranked Class 2 Panthers jumped out to a 14-2 lead after the opening quarter and then a 28-7 halftime cushion.
“We didn’t come out and play well to start the game,” Orrick Coach Mitch Comstock said. “North Platte is a very good team and we didn’t come out ready to play at that level.”
Orrick, now 10-6, managed just two field goals and 3 free throws through the first two periods, while Rachel Kordes was providing the North Platte offense by scoring 14 of her 20 game-high points. Dakota Hellyer and Bailee Testorff hit for 8 each for the 18-1 Panthers.
The Orrick offense was able to pick up the pace in the second half with 6 points in the third quarter and putting 16 on the board in the fourth frame. Comstock was pleased with how his Lady Cats battled in the final two periods.
“We made some adjustments and the girls did a good job of adjusting,” he said. “I though we hustled well the whole night – we just didn’t execute well against their pressure.”
Amanda Rodenberg led the Orrick scoring with 10 points with Brooke Endsley adding 5. Leslie LaFavor, Kristee Harris and Elizabeth Clark scored 4 apiece for Orrick, with Caitlin Stevinson scoring 2.