Top-ranked Holton showed Concordia a number of different looks defensively, and the Panthers struggled against all of them.
Going scoreless against Holton’s smothering defensive play for nearly three quarters, the Panthers lost 66-7 to the Wildcats Saturday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
A basket by Megan James 19 seconds into the second quarter would be the final points of the night for Concordia as Holton, ranked number one in Class 4A, won its 14th consecutive game.
The Wildcats lost their season opener to Wamego, but have not lost since.
Concordia, coming off a win over Pike Valley on Tuesday night, fell to 3-12 with the loss.
“We played right into their hands. We tried to play to their tempo,” Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said.
Kyrstie Miller scored the first two points of the game for Holton.
Concordia tied the game at 2-2 when James scored on a drive. She was unable to knock down the free throws.
A steal and a layup by Brylee New put the Wildcats up 4-2.
James again drove to the basket and scored to pull Concordia even at 4-4 with 6:49 to play in the first quarter.
Holton then rattled off 10 straight points, eight off of Panther turnovers, to go up 14-4.
Concordia finished with 29 turnovers in the game against the Wildcats’ pressure.
“We just made too many mistakes,” Wahlmeier said.
Jera Metro, who returned for the Panthers after missing several games because of knee surgery, made one of two free throws with 2:47 remaining in the first period to make it a 14-5 game.
A three-point play by Hanah Suarez and a baseline jumper by Hannah Sweet gave Holton a 19-5 advantage heading into the second quarter.
James scored on a drive 19 seconds into the period, and Concordia trailed 19-7.
The Panthers would not score again.
“We would get the ball inside, and it wouldn’t fall. Tristen (Leiszler) had some looks at three, and they didn’t fall,” Wahlmeier said.
Holton poured in 24 points in the second quarter to open up a 43-7 halftime advantage.
The Wildcats added 19 points in the third period, and led 62-7.
With a running clock in the fourth quarter, Holton scored just two points.
James scored six of Concordia’s seven points.
The Panthers were 3 of 22 from the field for 14 percent.
Holton had 10 players score in the game led by Miller with 12 points.