Concordia Panther Basketball Teams Conclude the SIT Tournament by Dropping 7th Place Match-Ups

Concordia Panther Basketball Teams Conclude the SIT Tournament by Dropping 7th Place Match-Ups

The Concordia High School Girls and Boys Basketball teams both dropped their 7th place contests on Saturday, January 25th to conclude play in the 41st Annual Salina Invitational Tournament.

In their second meeting of the year, the Concordia Lady Panthers lost to North Central Kansas League rival the Abilene Cowgirls, 34-20.

Concordia trailed 7-2 early in the first quarter before Junior Guard Zoe Bechard scored five unanswered points to tie the game at 7-7 heading to the second frame.

Abilene opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to capture their biggest lead of the opening half, 13-7.  The Panthers quickly cut the Cowgirls' lead down to one point following a basket by Junior Guard Kendall Reynolds and a basket and a free-throw by Senior Post Karlee Wahlmeier.  But Abilene was able to take advantage of 14 first-half turnovers made by the Panthers, and the Cowgirls led Concordia 17-12 at the halftime break.

The game of runs continued in the second half when Abilene opened up the third period on a 7-0 run to go up 20-12.  Wahlmeier would hit 1-of-2 from the free-throw line with 3:13 left to go in the third stanza to end the team's scoring drought.  But Karlee's free-throw ended up as the only point picked up by Concordia in the period.  The Lady Panthers finished 0-for-8 from the field in the third quarter and fell behind 24-13 heading to the final eight minutes of action.

Abilene jumped up by as much as 16 points in the fourth quarter and they took care of business from the foul line, connecting on 9-of-13 (69.2%) shots from the stripe for the game after entering the contest shooting just 50% as a team from the line this year.  The Cowgirls also outrebounded Concordia 19 to 11 in the second half on their way to picking up the 14-point victory.

Abilene was led by Senior Guard Beth Holmes.  Holmes was the lone player in double-figures with 15 points.  Sophomore Post Jenna Hayes added 8 points to help the Cowgirls improve to 4-6 on the season.

Wahlmeier led the Panthers in the loss.  Karlee finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds.  Bechard, winner of our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game, posted 5 points, 3 steals and 2 rebounds.  Reynolds ended up with 3 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and a blocked shot.  Kendall received the H&R Block of the Game.

Now 1-8 overall, Concordia will travel to Abilene on Tuesday, January 28th to face the Cowgirls in North Central Kansas League play.  Abilene currently holds two wins over Concordia this year.  The Cowgirls also scored a 36-32 victory over the Panthers on December 20th.

The Concordia High School Boys Basketball team ended this year's stint in the Salina Invitational Tournament with a 63-47 loss at the hands of the Liberal Redskins.

Liberal drilled four three-pointers in the first quarter with Junior Guard Alex Lopez and Senior Wing Braxton Hyde each recording a pair of treys.  Five separate Liberal players scored in the first frame, and the Redskins led 18-10 heading to the second quarter.

Liberal finished the first half 6-for-8 (75.0%) from downtown while they held Concordia scoreless from behind the arc through the first 16 minutes of action.  Playing without Junior Point Guard Wyatt Trost who exited early in the first half with an ankle injury, Concordia Junior Center Chase Parker provided his team a boost off the bench, scoring 6 points and pulling down 4 rebounds through the first two quarters.  Still, the Redskins outscored Concordia 15-9 in the second quarter to lead 33-19 at the break.

The hot-hand continued for Liberal in the third quarter as the Redskins poured in 8-of-13 (61.5%) shots from the floor in the period.  Liberal led by as much as 23 points and held a 21-point lead heading to the fourth quarter.

Concordia opened up the final stanza hitting back-to-back three-point buckets by Senior Wing Jacob Rosenbaum and Junior Post Chas Carlgren.   On their next offensive possession, Sophomore Guard Cav Carlgren scored on an offensive putback.  Following a Rosenbaum free-throw, Cav would also register a steal that led to a fast-break basket to cut Liberal's lead down to ten points, 52-42, with five minutes remaining.  The Redskins, though, would capitalize on late trips to the free-throw line and outscore the Panthers 11-5 down the stretch to hang on for the 16-point win.

Four players scored in double-figures for Liberal.  The Redskins were led by Hyde's 16 points.  Lopez, along with Senior Hunter Hatcher and Junior AJ Ramirez, each scored 10 points.

Cav Carlgren led the way for Concordia with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists to earn our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game honors.  Rosenbaum added 11 points and 3 rebounds.  Parker, winner of our H&R Block of the Game, chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and a blocked shot.

Now 2-7 overall, the Panthers will be on the road Tuesday, January 28th for a North Central Kansas League contest against the Abilene Cowboys.  Abilene, 6-4 on the year, previously beat Concordia 74-37 on December 20th.  The Cowboys are coming off a 3rd place finish at the Salina Invitational Tournament after they beat Wichita South on Saturday, 50-47.

Live coverage of Concordia's games at Abilene on Tuesday can be heard on 1390 KNCK, 98.3 FM and NCKToday.com