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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Orrick coach Mitch Comstock did not want a repeat of the drama his Lady Bearcats had in their earlier meeting with Braymer this season as they met the Lady Bobcats in a rematch set in the finals of the Class 1, District 14 tournament at Polo Saturday.
Orrick survived an overtime battle with Braymer in early February, but Saturday’s meeting had a little more on the line, as the Lady Bearcats were also out to erase the bad memories of last year’s 2-point loss to Wellington-Napoleon in the district-championship contest.
The Lady Bearcats took care of both items as they easily rolled on to Tuesday night’s Class 1 sectional at Liberty North High School with a 53-36 victory over the younger Lady Bobcats. Orrick’s first district title since the 2009-10 season puts them in a 6 p.m. meeting with 25-1 North Andrew.
Orrick, now 23-5, took control early and scored the first 8 points Saturday afternoon, which is what Comstock was wanting this squad to do.
“We knew that our experience from our game last year was going to be a key,” he said. “Braymer is a good team, but they are also young. They have one senior, but have not been in this environment before. We knew if we came out and jumped on them early, they would struggle a little bit and they did.”
Orrick held a 12-6 lead after the opening period and built its lead throughout the second frame. By halftime, the Lady Bearcats held a 29-15 cushion, and with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter had stretched their advantage to 34-17.
However, Braymer would not go quietly. The Lady Bobcats (16-11) climbed back into the contest with a 15-1 run as they found 5-10 junior Sadie Watson down low. Watson scored all 9 of her points for the night during that surge as Braymer cut the deficit to 35-32 with 1:06 to play in the quarter.