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Orrick sweeps home opener

The Orrick Bearcats played on their home court for the first time this season Thursday night and celebrated with a 54-45 victory over Cass-Midway. Three Bearcats reached double figures to lead a balanced offensive attack as Orrick improved to 2-3 for the season. Cameron McGlothlin led the way with 16 points, while Clayton Jones added 13 and Luke Searcy hit for 10 more.

“First home game and we put on quite a show,” Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson said. “We played pretty well although we saw some things on which we need to work on defensively. The Vikings played a box and one on Clayton and we didn’t panic and did a pretty good job of getting the ball inside to our big guys.”
Josh Fischer scored a team-high 14 points for Cass-Midway, with Dale Askamit adding 13. Also scoring for Orrick were Kalija Rogers and Justin Dickson with 5 each, Ty Griffin with 3 and Calvin O’Dell with 2. The Bearcats also spent a good deal of time at the free throw line as they visited the stripe 33 times, while making 18 attempts. The Vikings attempted just 9 free throws and converted 4.

Lady Bearcats roll to fourth win
Cass-Midway scored the first 4 points Thursday night, but the rest of the game belonged to Orrick as the Lady Bearcats opened the home schedule with a 47-16 victory.
The Lady Vikings’ 4-0 lead did not last long as Orrick outscored the visitors 20-3 over the rest of the first quarter, and then held a 13-3 scoring advantage in the second period for a 33-10 lead at the intermission.
“We played well after a slow start,” Lady Bearcat Coach Mitch Comstock said. “Our defensive intensity was the best it has been all season. We had a very good night of playing unselfishly and the girls did a great job of seeing their teammates and finding the open girl.”
Cass-Midway managed just three field goals in the third quarter and were shutout over the final 8 minutes. Amanda Rodenberg paced the Orrick attack with 16 points, with 14 of those coming in the first half. Megan Swartz scored 5 of her 8 points in the opening frame to help get the Orrick offense jump-started. Leslie LaFavor also scored 8, followed by Caitlin Stevinson, Shelby Harth and Amy Isenhour with 5 apiece.

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