Concordia High School Girls & Boys Basketball Teams Score Road Victories Over Republic County
By Toby Nosker
KNCK Sports Director
Both the Concordia High School Girls and Boys Basketball teams picked up road victories Tuesday, December 5th, defeating the Republic County Buffaloes in non-league play.
The Concordia High School Girls Basketball team earned their first win of the year by taking down the Lady Buffaloes, 58-46. The Lady Panthers were able to force Republic County into 30 turnovers on the night, scoring 18 points off their mistakes.
Concordia jumped out to an early 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, and maintained a 12-point lead at the halftime break, 31-19. Seventeen of Republic County's 30 turnovers came in the first-half, but the Buffaloes hit 7-of-10 free throws through the first two periods of play to keep the game close.
The Panthers would stay aggressive on both sides of the basketball, though, jumping up by as much as 19-points, and hanging on for the 12-point victory.
Concordia was led in scoring by Senior Cydney Bergmann who finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Joining her in double-figures was Senior Natalie Vines who finished with 10 points and 4 steals. Junior Katlynn Miller came off the bench to score 9 points. Sophomore Karlee Wahlmeier finished with 8 points, all of that in the first-half, while Senior Peyton Reynolds finished with 6 points and 5 rebounds.
Now at 1-1 on the year, Concordia will travel to Lindsborg on Friday, December 8th to face the 0-2 Smoky Valley Vikings. Smoky Valley dropped their opening game of the year to Abilene, 62-21, before falling to Southeast of Saline Tuesday, 35-22.
The Concordia High School Boys Basketball team struggled to establish an offensive rhythm Tuesday night, shooting just 28% from the floor for the game, but a solid defense outing -- Concordia forced Republic County into 21 turnovers -- lifted the Panthers to a 48-42 road win.
Concordia hit just 11 field-goals in the game, but they made 37 trips to the free-throw line, knocking in 25 free-throws on the night. In total, the two teams combined to shoot 52 free-throws in the game.
The Panthers were led by Junior Dyelan Reed who finished with a game-high 20 points, 14 of those earned at the free-throw line. Reed also hauled in 10 rebounds in the game. Junior Corben Monzon finished in double-figures with 10 points and 5 steals. Senior Garrett Lawrence finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Now 2-0 on the season, Concordia will travel to Lindsborg on Friday, December 8th to face the 1-1 Smoky Valley Vikings. The Vikings started their year with an 85-67 loss to Abilene, but regrouped Tuesday to defeat the Southeast of Saline Trojans at home, 58-52.
Live coverage of Friday night's games between Concordia and Smoky Valley can be heard on 1390 KNCK, 98.3 FM and NCKToday.com.