By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Orrick Lady Bearcats won their second tournament of the season Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Richmond Lady Spartans 53-43 in the finals of the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational. It was Richmond’s first tournament final since the district finals four years ago.
Orrick, now 13-2 for the season, used its height advantage inside. Lady Bearcat senior Madison Endsley scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds – 7 of those coming off the offensive boards. She hit 8 of her 15 attempts from the field and 5 of 6 free throws as well.
Orrick held a big advantage at the stripe as well by converting 21 of 28, while Richmond was 5 of 11.
Despite the loss, that drops them to 11-7, Lady Spartan coach David Littrell liked how his young team battled a veteran Orrick squad.
“I am very proud of how well these stepped up their level of play to get to the championship game,” he said. “It’s a tough schedule playing back-to-back tournament weeks, but I thought the girls really took the challenge to heart. I am very pleased how well they battled some great competition.”
Orrick coach Mitch Comstock thought his team’s tournament experience was a big factor.
“We were able to take advantage of their youth and cause them to make some mistakes,” he said. “They are a good team and they will have a lot of success in the future.”
Littrell added his team had too many unforced turnovers against the Lady Bearcats and also surrendered too many points at the line.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the opening quarter with Richmond grabbing a 9-5 advantage before Orrick fought back to force an 11-11 tie entering the second frame. The Lady Bearcats started the second quarter with a 9-2 run on the way to building a 22-18 lead by halftime.