Concordia High School Boys Basketball Team Dominates Republic County, Cruises to 1st Win of the Year

By Toby Nosker
KNCK Sports Director

The Concordia High School Boys Basketball team dominated their home non-league outing with Republic County Tuesday, December 4th, cruising to a 26-point win to secure their first victory of the year.

The Panthers, who shot just 31.1% from the field in an 11-point home loss to Beloit to open the season, bounced back offensively Tuesday, shooting 54.7% from the floor while scoring more than 70 points for the first time in eight games.

All five of Concordia's starters scored in the opening quarter, as the Panthers raced out to a 20-8 lead at the end of the first period. Concordia, who finished just 1-of-20 from beyond the arc against Beloit, hit four first quarter three-point buckets against Republic County.

The Panthers would continue to exercise control in the second quarter, starting the period on an 8-0 run while holding Republic County scoreless for over five minutes. Concordia led 35-10 at the halftime break.

Concordia would lead by as much as 30 points in the second-half, before securing the 74-48 win.

The Panthers were led in scoring by Senior Dyelan Reed who finished with 31 points off 11-of-16 (68.8%) shooting from the field. Reed hit 6-of-8 (75%) shots from three-point range. Dyelan also had 7 rebounds.

Sophomore Wyatt Trost, who along with Reed was named our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game, also finished in double figures with 17 points off 8-of-14 (57.1%) shooting from the floor. Trost also recorded 8 rebounds and 2 assists.

Sophomore Chas Carlgren posted a double-double for Concordia. Carlgren, winner of our H&R Block of the Game, finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Nine of the eleven Panthers who played in Tuesday's game scored.

Republic County, who entered the contest averaging 69 points per game, were led by Senior Ethan Nutsch who scored 23 points, largely from the free-throw line. The Buffaloes finished the game 14-of-18 (77.8%) from the stripe.

Republic County finished the game hitting just 16-of-57 (28.1%) from the field. They drop to 2-1 on the season with the loss.

Concordia, who improves to 1-1 on the year, will travel to Lindsborg, Kansas Friday, December 7th to face the Smoky Valley Vikings in non-league play.

The Concordia Lady Panthers saw a four point halftime lead quickly dissolve in their home affair with Republic County Tuesday, as the Lady Buffaloes outscored Concordia 39-14 over the final 16-minutes to capture a 56-35 win.

Concordia had a strong showing in the first-half, scoring 9 points off six Republic County turnovers while hitting two of three from downtown to lead 21-17 at the intermission.

Republic County, though, took charge early in the third quarter, opening up the period on a 14-2 run highlighted by two three-point makes by Junior Guard Emma Morris. Concordia finished the third period with 7 turnovers, while the Buffaloes shot 73% from the field and led 40-28 heading to the fourth quarter.

The Lady Buffaloes held Concordia to just 7 points over the game's final eight minutes, and they put the game away by knocking in 14-of-16 (87.5%) free-throws in the quarter.

Republic County was led by Junior Alexis Hansen who finished with a game-high 20 points. Morris was also in double figures with 12 points.

Concordia was led by Sophomore Guard Zoe Bechard and Senior Katlynn Miller. Bechard, our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game, finished with 11 points and 3 rebounds. Miller also scored 11 points while recording 3 steals.

Sophomore Kendall Reynolds, who was named our H&R Block of the Game recipient, added 5 points and 4 rebounds in the loss.

Now 0-2 on the season, Concordia will travel to Smoky Valley Friday night. Live coverage of the game can be heard on 1390 KNCK, 98.3 FM and