The Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs shot 41 percent from the field Tuesday night, while Orrick managed to connect on just 32 percent of its field goals.
As a result, Hardin-Central put an end to the Lady Bearcats’ seven-game winning streak with a 49-35 victory at the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament.
“We had one of those nights where nothing went right,” Orrick Coach Mitch Comstock said. “The Hardin girls shot the ball and rebounded the ball very well, and we couldn’t match their aggressiveness.”
Orrick, which hadn’t lost since a setback to Concordia in the semifinals of the I-70 Conference Tournament, will play Kingsville for third place Friday night at 8 p.m.
Hardin-Central, 11-4 following Wednesday night’s 49-33 win over the host Lady Tigers will play Concordia for the championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
In addition to their shooting edge over Orrick, the Lady Dawgs pulled down 35 rebounds while Orrick grabbed 17.
Megan Layman recorded a double-double for Hardin-Central with 14 points, to go along with 10 rebounds and 5 steals, while Allison Oyler hit for a game-high 15 points and 7 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldog defense held Amanda Rodenberg to 12 points, with Shelby Harth scoring 10 for the Lady Bearcats.
The game was tied 9-9 after the opening 8 minutes, but in the second quarter, the Bearcat offense went silent while Hardin-Central jumped out to a 15-9 lead at the half.
Orrick mounted a comeback attempt in the third period with a 16-14 scoring edge in the third quarter to cut the Lady Bulldog lead to 29-25 entering the fourth.
Hardin-Central held off Orrick by hitting 10 of 12 free throws in the final period, with Oyler converting 7 of her 8 attempts.
Hardin-Central made 11 of its 16 attempts from the line for the game, while Orrick hit 5 of 11.
The Lady Dawgs continued their hot shooting Wednesday night as they hit 43 percent from the field in a 49-33 victory over Wellington-Napoleon.
Frankie Chilcutt was 7 of 9 from the field and 7 of 11 from the free throw line as she scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Lady Dawgs into Saturday’s title game.
Wellington-Napoleon dropped to 4-9 after hitting just 23 percent from the field.
The Lady Dawgs jumped out to a 16-8 lead and then built their halftime cushion to 28-15.
The Lady Tigers held a 14-9 scoring edge in the third quarter, but Hardin-Central came back to end the game on a 12-4 fourth-period run.
Jessica Woodall and Shelby Reade led the Lady Tiger scoring with 6 apiece, while Layman added 15 points for Hardin-Central.
Also scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Lindsey Arbogast with 4 and Oyler with 3. Kayla Carrillo, Hannah Noelker and Ashley Ross added 2 each.