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The Lawson Cardinals erased a late third-quarter lead Thursday night on the way to a 47-37 home court win over Orrick.
Orrick held a 10-7 lead after one quarter and 16-15 at the half. The Bearcats built an 8-point lead with just under 3:30 remaining in the third period when the Cardinals began their run. Cardinal free throw shooting down the stretch proved to be the difference according to Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson.
"It was a very competitive first half with both teams playing well," he said. "We had trouble scoring in the fourth quarter and Lawson made every free throw, or so it seemed. We need to play more together tonight and get a win in our last home game before districts."
The Cardinals cut the Orrick lead to 29-26 after three periods and then hit 15 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter as Lawson outscored the Bearcats 21-8. Lawson ended the night making 22 of 34 from the stripe, while Orrick visited the line 14 times and converted 7 of them.
Clark Hewitt was 6 of 7 from the line on his way to a 12-point night for the Cardinals, with Marcus Hales adding 11 and Dalton Petty, 10. Cameron McGlothlin led the Orrick scoresheet with 14 points and Clayton Jones added 12 more as the Bearcats drop to 7-16.
Also scoring for Orrick were Eric Rodenberg with 6, Joe Kaufman with 3 and Preston Karnes with 2.
The Bearcats close out the regular season tonight by hosting West Platte.