By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Orrick Lady Bearcats are in their third tournament championship game in as many tries this season after a pair of wins at this week’s Wellington-Napoleon Invitational.
The Lady Bearcats, who won the I-70 Tournament and was runner-up at last week’s Braymer Invitational, battled past Marshall 50-32 Wednesday night to earn a spot in Saturday’s title game against the winner of this evening’s semifinal between Richmond and the tournament hosts.
Orrick coach Mitch Comstock said Wednesday night’s win was a good one against a Marshall team that was tough to match up with.
“Marshall is a big team who is used to playing good competition,” he said. “I was proud of how we defended and boxed out. We also shot the ball very well from the free throw line.”
The Lady Bearcats, who improved to 12-2 for the season, hit 22 of its 28 free throws and in the fourth quarter, Orrick converted 9 of 13 from the stripe to hold off the Owls. Madison Winters, who ended the night with a game-high 25 points, made 5 of her 6 fourth-quarter free throws to go along with a 3-point bucket. Winters made 13 of her 14 free throws for the game and also hit the boards to grab a half dozen rebounds.