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Guard play sparks Lady Bearcats past Santa Fe

The Orrick Lady Bearcats dominated the second half of their game Friday night against visiting Santa Fe to pick up their fourth I-70 Conference victory in five games.
Orrick broke up a somewhat close game by outscoring the Lady Chiefs 31-12 over the final two periods on the way to a 67-38 victory.
Orrick improved to 11-8 overall with the win thanks to a good night from its guards according to coach Mitch Comstock.
“Our guards had one of their best games of the year as far as taking care of the ball,” he said. “Santa Fe tried to press us early and we got quite a few layups as a result. Our guards also did a good job of seeing our posts and because of that, our starting post players each scored in double figures.”
Comstock said his team also stayed out of foul trouble and also eliminated the turnovers that have plagued them the past couple of games.
Amanda Rodenberg ended the evening with 16 points, with Elizabeth Clark adding 13. Brooke Endsley hit for 8 points, while Megan Swartz and Leslie LaFavor chipped in 7 points apiece. Also scoring for the Lady Bearcats were Gabriela Pigg with 5, Kristee Harris and Caitlin Stevinson with 4 each, Shelby Harth with 2, and Amy Isenhour with a free throw.
Dani Heimsoth led Santa Fe, now 4-2 in the conference and 10-11 overall, with 13 points.
Orrick held a 17-9 lead after the opening quarter, and 36-26 at the half. Rodenberg and Endsley led the charge in the third period with 6 points each as the Lady Bearcats outscored the visitors 20-7 to open up a 56-33 cushion heading into the final 8 minutes.
Orrick made 17 of its 30 free throw attempts, while Santa Fe hit 15 of 27.
The Lady Bearcats will face Concordia and Sweet Springs this week as they wrap up I-70 Conference play.

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