Concordia High School Girls and Boys Basketball Teams Open the Season with Home Losses to the Beloit Trojans

By Toby Nosker
KNCK Sports Director

The Concordia High School Girls and Boys Basketball teams both opened their 2018-2019 seasons at home Friday, November 30th, losing to the Beloit Trojans. The Concordia Lady Panthers fell 59-50, while the Panther Boys dropped their season opener 59-48.

The Concordia Lady Panthers fought a tough battle against a Beloit team that returns three starters from an 18-win club a year ago.

Beloit jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but Concordia rallied back to tie the game at 11-all at the end of the first period after Senior Guard Katlynn Miller scored seven consecutive points to close out the quarter.

Beloit opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run, but the Lady Panthers would quickly answer back with three-point buckets from Miller and Sophomore Guard Zoe Bechard. Miller would tally another second quarter three just minutes later, while Junior Ciara Kearn also poured in a first-half trey helping to give Concordia a 28-26 lead at the halftime break.

Both teams were able to fend off runs from each other in the third quarter, with Beloit tying the game up at 38-all heading to the final period.

The Trojans opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run, led by 5'7" Senior Guard Sydney Barrett who scored 18 of her game-high 31 points over the final eight minutes. Beloit made use of late trips to the foul line, knocking in 13-of-14 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, while Concordia had three starters -- Bechard, Miller and Senior Emma Wahlmeier -- foul out of the contest.

Miller, our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game, led Concordia with 24 points, connecting on 6-of-11 shots from beyond the arc. Joining her in double figures was Sophomore Guard Kendall Reynolds who finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Bechard scored 5 points, while Sophomore Chloe Conway added 3 points and a team-high 8 rebounds.

Barrett's 31 points led all scorers. She finished a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Joining her in double figures was Junior Shea Larson who finished with 17 points.

Beloit outrebounded Concordia 42 to 30 in the win.

The Concordia High School Boys Basketball team struggled to find offensive production Friday night, trailing Beloit for the entire 32 minutes of their contest.

The Panthers shot just 32.7% from the floor for the game, including connecting on only 1-of-19 three-point shots in the loss.

The Trojans, on the other hand, shot 49% from the floor and drained four three-pointers on the night.

Beloit's quick guard combo of 5'10" Junior Vincent Palen and 5'6" Senior Hudson Smith led the Trojan offense, scoring 39 of their team's 59 total points. Palen poured in a game-high 24 points, while Smith finished with 15 points.

Seniors Colin Chandler, Braxton Eilert and Tate Thompson provided the rest of the team's scoring. Thompson, a 6'7" Center, scored 8 points, while Chandler and Eilert each added 6 points.

Concordia was paced Friday by their two seniors, Dyelan Reed and Corben Monzon.

Reed, our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game, finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals

Monzon, winner of our H&R Block of the Game, also recorded a double-double, posting 10 points while hauling in a team-high 13 rebounds before exiting the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

The Panthers did outrebound the Trojans 41 to 31, while they also finished with just 11 turnovers, well below their season average from a year ago.

Both the Concordia High School Girls and Boys Basketball teams will return to action Tuesday, December 4th when they host the Republic County Buffaloes. Live coverage of the games can be heard on 1390 KNCK, 98.3 FM and NCKToday.com