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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
It was a frustrating I-70 Conference opener for the Orrick Lady Bearcats Tuesday night at home against visiting St. Paul Lutheran. The Lady Bearcats scored just 5 points in the opening quarter and it came back to haunt them as they dropped a 60-54 decision to St. Paul.
After the opening quarter, both teams battled on even terms, but it was the first 8 minutes that concerned Orrick coach Mitch Comstock.
“We didn’t come out ready to play and St. Paul played a good game,” he said. “We have to work on being ready to play every minute of every game.”
Earlier in the season, Orrick defeated St. Paul 58-38 in the championship of the I-70 Conference Tournament held on the same floor.
The Saints made 8 of 23 free throw attempts, while Orrick went to the stripe 14 times and converted half of them.
St. Paul held a 10-5 lead after the first quarter and each team posted 12 points in the second period as the Lady Saints took a 22-17 advantage into the intermission.
St. Paul then took a 38-32 advantage going into the final period where each team scored 22 points.
St. Paul (12-4) shot 52 percent from the field with Tiffany Bennet scoring 20 points to lead the way. She also had 6 of St. Paul’s 9 assists.