Orrick Coach Mitch Comstock said his Lady Bearcats did just about everything they could Thursday night in the semifinals of the Class 2, District 15 Tournament at Santa Fe, except hit the shots. The Lady Bearcats could hit just 10 of 42 from the field, and 15 of 31 from the stripe as they dropped a 44-37 decision to Concordia.
Comstock said the Orioles played very well defensively as they held leading scorer Amanda Rodenberg, who averaged 15 points a night, to just two field goals and five free throws.
“They did a good job of shutting down Amanda by putting three people on her all the time,” he said. “We did a good job of working the offense through the guards and getting good shots, but they just wouldn’t fall.”
Rodenberg was voted to the all-district team.
Elizabeth Clark led Orrick scoring with 10 points, while Amy Isenhour added 8, and Megan Swartz chipped in 6. Also scoring were Kristee Harris and Shelby Harth with 2 apiece.
Kelsey Stuart paced Concordia with 10 points with Tori Kopp adding 9.
Concordia held a 12-8 lead after 8 minutes, and 18-14 at the intermission. The Orioles then took a 38-23 cushion into the final period and held off Orrick by hitting 9 of 12 free throws.
Orrick ends the season with a 16-11 record and a second-place I-70 Conference mark of 6-1, but Comstock said it was a tough way for his seniors to wrap up their Lady Bearcat careers.
“This was hard on our seniors, Clark, Nichole Harth, Megan Stagner and Jackie Snow because they really wanted to graduate with a district championship,” he said. “I feel bad for them, but I really want to thank them for their leadership through the season.”