Hot shooting and a couple of big runs led Concordia to a 75-45 win over Lincoln Wednesday at the W-K Shootout.
The Lady Orioles used a 16-2 second quarter run to turn what had been a 20-19 lead into a 36-21 halftime edge. Concordia then scored 24 points in the third quarter, scoring on 13 of its 16 offensive possessions.
“Neither team’s been on the floor for two weeks, so I knew our first quarter was going to be kind of slow,” said Concordia coach Susie Vandevender. “The second quarter we kicked it in and knew what was going in … Our game is to kick it and get it out and that’s when we could score in transition.”
Through the first three quarters, Concordia was shooting 28 of 44 from the field, 63 percent, with many of those baskets coming in the paint.
“We stopped playing defense there for a little bit and then got ourselves in a hole and couldn’t climb back out of it,” said Lincoln coach Cassey Nicolay.
Concordia’s Kayla Davis came off the bench to score 16 points.
“She’s been doing that with bench points and wow, she had a good game (Wednesday),” Vandevender said. “… That’s what the sixth, seventh girl does, come in there and not miss a beat and I don’t think we missed a beat with her out there.”
Concordia scored the first eight points of the game but Lincoln came charging back on the strength of Paige Bybee. The Cardinals’ junior point guard hit a pair of 3-pointers as Lincoln went on an 8-2 run. The Lady Orioles again extended the lead to 14-8, but Bybee responded with a steal and layup, then added another layup after a Sloan Swearngin steal.
Ashton Asbury scored on a putback to cut the lead to two and Bybee had a chance to put Lincoln ahead with a 50-footer at the first quarter buzzer, but the shot rimmed out.
Bybee finished with 20 points.
“She’s had to rest the last couple of days, her knees have been bothering her,” Nicolay said. “I think the rest has really helped. She’s back and ready to go and being aggressive like we need her to. She’s doing her part.”
Lincoln also had 12 points from Korie Faulconer.
Samantha Brackman led Concordia with 17. Madyson Langkrahr added 10.
Concordia (7-2) will open the Lafayette County Tournament on Monday.
Lincoln (1-7) will open the Otterville Holiday Classic on Tuesday against Prairie Home.
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