By Shawn Roney-For The Richmond News.
The Orrick girls basketball team refused to let a postponement disrupt its rhythm.
Originally, the Bearcats were scheduled to play St. Paul Lutheran Friday night at Orrick High School in the I-70 Conference Tournament final. Because severe weather was in the forecast, the final was switched from Friday to Saturday night at Orrick.
The Bearcats responded with a 58-38 win.
“We’ve been through a lot and we’ve been playing together a long time,” said senior guard Madison Winters, who paced Orrick with 17 points. “And we’ve overcome a lot of adversities and we play together as a team…. We came in here focused and ready and knew that the game was going to get postponed…. We came in here and did (our) work.”
Orrick (6-1) got to work early by ripping off a 13-0 first-quarter run. The Bearcats led 18-6 at quarter’s end.
Bearcats coach Mitch Comstock attributed the run to Orrick’s defense and teamwork. Comstock said: “We just played great (as a team) to get started…. Good defense is the key to everything – and that spurs our offense.”
St. Paul coach John Beerman attributed it to other factors.
“I think we just kind of put our heads down for a little bit,” Beerman said. “They started making shots and we turned the ball over a couple (of) times…. We didn’t stop that momentum of theirs. They’re a good ballclub and they were ready to play.”
The complete story is in the Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 Richmond News.