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Orrick Coach Mitch Comstock said his Lady Bearcats got off to a shaky start in their Class 2, District 15 matchup with Polo Tuesday night. However, when all was said and done, the Lady Bearcats pushed their record to 17-9 and into the semifinals with a 66-30 victory.
Orrick got a double-double from Amanda Rodenberg as she scored a game-high 23 points to go with 15 rebounds, while Elizabeth Clark sparked the defense with 5 steals, and a pair of blocked shots. Comstock said many Lady Cats pitched in for the victory.
“We had a rough start to the game, but once we got going, we had a great night,” he said. “Amanda had a good night and we also got a good game from Elizabeth. Brooke Endsley also gave us a spark off the bench. She hit a 3 at the buzzer just before the half that really gave us a lot of momentum going into the break.”
Orrick held a 13-8 lead after the first 8 minutes, but in the second quarter, Rodenberg hit for 11 of her points as the Lady Bearcats raced out to a 33-19 advantage at the intermission.
Orrick took complete control of the game in the third period as the Lady Bearcats outscored Polo 20-5, and then closed out the night with a 14-6 advantage over the final 8 minutes.
Both Endsley and Clark ended the night with 10 points apiece. Endsley hit all four of her field goal attempts – two of them 3-pointers.
Also scoring for Orrick were Amy Isenhour with 6, Shelby Harth with 5 and Kristee Harris with 4, while Nichole Harth, Megan Stagner, Megan Swartz and Leslie LaFavor added 2 each. Harth also grabbed 5 rebounds and a pair of steals.
Kelsi Pile led Polo with 10 points.
Orrick connected on 49 percent of its field goal attempts and 6 of 10 from the free throw line.
The Lady Bearcats will meet Concordia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.