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Megan Swartz had her long-range shooting eye focused for the Orrick Lady Bearcats Friday night in their home finale against visiting West Platte. The Orrick junior hit four of her five 3-point field goal attempts, and 6 of 9 overall on her way to a 16-point night to help Orrick stop the Bluejays 60-39.
With Swartz connecting outside, Amanda Rodenberg was freed up inside as she hit half of her shots from the field, and 6 of 8 free throws as the sophomore scored a game-high 20 points. The two Lady Bearcats helped push Orrick to a 15-9 regular season record heading into the Class 2, District 15 Tournament at Santa Fe.
"This was a good game for us leading up to district play," Lady Bearcat Coach Mitch Comstock said. "Megan had her best night of the year. She did a good job of getting ready to shoot against their zone and then knocked down the shot when she got the ball. Amanda had another strong game inside for us."
Rodenberg also added 10 rebounds for the night, with 6 of those coming on the defensive end of the court.
Orrick took control early with a 17-4 lead heading into the second period, and then stretched that advantage to 29-13 by the half. The Lady Bearcats outscored West Platte 17-15 in the third frame and 14-11 in the final 8 minutes.
Kristee Harris added 8 points to the winning effort, followed by Amy Isenhour with 6, while Caitlin Stevinson and Shelby Harth added 3 each, with Elizabeth Clark and Brooke Endsley adding 2 points apiece.
Clark, one of two Lady Bearcat seniors, also grabbed 8 rebounds with a pair of steals and a blocked shot in her final home game. The other senior, Megan Stagner, had a rebound. Also for the Lady Bearcats, Harth hit the boards for 6 rebounds with 2 steals, Leslie LaFavor coming up with a team-high 6 steals.
Jordan Stevens and Lani Masoner led West Platte scoring with 9 points apiece.
The No. 2 seeded Lady Bearcats, who also finished as the runners-up in the I-70 Conference with a 6-1 mark, will face No. 7 Polo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to begin district play.