PHILLIPSBURG — Phillipsburg gave Concordia an opening, but the Panthers were unable to squeeze through.
Leading Concordia by 10 points after three quarters, Phillipsburg scored just four points in the final period.
Concordia battled back to within two points, and Phillipsburg missed 8 of 10 free throws in the final 1:30.
Unable to capitalize on those misses, Concordia suffered a 48-44 loss on Tuesday night.
Trailing 44-34 at the end of the third quarter, Concordia used a 5-0 spurt in the first 2:35 of the fourth to close the gap to 44-39.
After Mindy Gower scored for Phillipsburg to make it 46-39, Concordia got two free throws by Tristen Leiszler, a free throw by Nikki Blankenbeckley and a short jumper by Jera Metro to pull within two points, 46-44.
Mattison Dusin missed the front end of a one-and-one, and a jump ball gave it back to Phillipsburg.
Shania Wilkison couldn’t connect on a one-and-one opportunity.
Leiszler missed a shot that would have tied the game, and Phillipsburg got the rebound.
Katelyn Swanson was fouled with 50 seconds on the clock She made one of two free throws to give Phillipsburg a 47-44 advantage.
Following a Concordia turnover, Swanson again went one of two from the line, and it was a 48-44 game.
Concordia’s Megan James missed the front end of a one-and-one with 18 seconds left.
Gower misfired on two free throw attempts three seconds later.
Concordia missed a pair of shots with time running out, and Phillipsburg was able to hang on for the win.
“We tightened up a little bit. We had some costly turnovers at the end trying to force the ball to Megan (James). Trying to do too much,” Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said.
James scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds for Concordia.
Leiszler knocked down three three-point shots, and scored 12 points.
Dusin pumped in 25 points for Phillipsburg, and Madysen Frantz scored 10 points.
“We allowed Dusin to score at will. She is a good player, a good post,” Wahlmeier said.
Falling behind 9-4 to start the game, Concordia got a pair of threes from Leiszler during a 14-6 run, and went up 18-15.
James made three early in the second quarter, and Concordia led 21-15.
Concordia (3-15) scored just six points, all by James, over the final six minutes of the second period as Phillipsburg rallied to take a 30-27 halftime lead.
“We kind of went through a dry spell where we couldn’t score again,” Wahlmeier said, “We are having our ups and downs scoring the ball.”
Concordia went nearly six minutes without scoring to start the second half as Phillipsburg extended the lead to 38-27.
“I didn’t think we came out after halftime with much energy,” Wahlmeier said.
James scored to end the drought, but Dusin answered with a basket.
Leiszler hit a three, and Concordia trailed 40-32.
Baskets by Frantz and Dusin put Phillipsburg up 44-32.
Jennifer Boley grabbed an offensive rebound and scored in the final seconds of the third quarter, and Concordia trailed 44-34.
Getting five points from Blankenbeckley, Concordia outscored Phillipsburg 10-2 in the first 6:28 of the fourth quarter to get within two points.
Phillipsburg (7-10) missed free throws down the stretch, but Concordia couldn’t convert on the offensive end.
Concordia will host Wamego in a North Central Kansas League game on Friday night.
K. Lambert 0-0-3 0, M. Lambert 1-0-2 2, Metro 3-0-1 6, Adams 2-0-4 5, Blankenbeckley 1-3-3 5, Boley 1-0-1 2, Leiszler 3-3-2 12, James 5-2-3 13. Totals: 16-8-19 44.
Swanson 2-2-4 8, Wilkison 1-0-1 2, Wells 0-0-3 0, Frantz 5-0-3 10, Gower 1-0-1 3, Keeten 0-0-1 0, Dusin 10-5-1 25. Totals: 19-7-14 48.