Bulldogs outscore Panthers, 68-63
Scoring points wasn't a problem for the Concordia Panthers, it was stopping Marysville that proved to be the issue.
Concordia topped the 60-point mark for the second time in four games, but couldn't slow down the Bulldogs in a 68-63 North Central Kansas League loss Tuesday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
Both teams were 3-0 heading into the matchup, and both struggled to stop the other.
Concordia junior Tristen Leiszler, who was averaging 23 points per game going in, knocked down six threes on her way to a 33-point effort.
Marysville countered with 6-1 Tristin Wicks, 20 points, and 5-11 Abi Degenhardt, 18 points, who combined for 38 points.
The Bulldogs also had three other players score eight or more points.
"We have got to play better defense," Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said, "We would get some momentum and then they would score."
Marysville scored many of those points off of offensive rebounds.
The Bulldogs, 2-0 in league play, pulled down 16 offensive rebounds in the game.
"We have got to do a better job of boxing out," Wahlmeier said, "We have been really talking about if we win the rebounding battle we will win, and we didn't do that. We just gave them too many opportunities."
The two teams went back and forth throughout the game.
Concordia, 0-1 in the NCKL, led 5-2 early, gave up an 8-4 spurt to fall behind 10-9, and then got a pair of threes by Leiszler to reclaim the lead at 17-14 heading into the second quarter.
Trailing 27-26, the Bulldogs got six points by Wicks during a 12-4 spurt over the final 2:25 of the first half, and led 38-31.
Concordia got as close as four points, 43-39, in the third quarter.
The Panthers trailed 48-43 going into the final eight minutes.
Baskets by Megan James and Molly Adams pulled the Panthers within a point, 48-47.
Marysville got four free throws by Ally Kort and a layup by Degenhardt in a span of 25 seconds to push the lead back to seven points, 54-47.
"It seemed like we were really working hard on offense, and they would score easily," Wahlmeier said.
Concordia would close the gap to four points, 63-59, when Jordan Eshbaugh made two free throws with 2:13 remaining in the game.
Wicks answered with a basket.
Leiszler scored on a drive and was fouled with 51 seconds to play. She completed a three-point play, and it was a 65-62 game.
The Panthers forced a turnover, and Maggie Lambert was fouled with :28 on the clock. She went one of two from the line to make it 65-63.
Degenhardt was fouled four seconds later, and made both free throws to give Marysville a 67-63 advantage.
Concordia was unable to score, and Degenhardt hit one of two free throws to make the final margin five points.
Leiszler finished 11 of 17 from the field and five of five from the free throw line.
James scored nine points for the Panthers.
Lambert finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
Eshbaugh scored six points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Adams added six points and 10 rebounds.
Concordia hosts Abilene in a league game Friday night.
Cudney 0-1-1 1, Caffrey 1-0-4 2, Kort 2-5-1 9, Heiman 4-0-3 8, Degenhardt 7-4-2 18, Breashears 0-2-0 2, Landoll 4-0-3 8, Wicks 9-2-3 20. Totals: 27-14-17 68.
Gumm 0-0-1 0, Lambert 3-1-2 7, Collins 1-0-0 2, Adams 3-0-3 6, Eshbaugh 2-2-5 6, Boley 0-0-3 0, Leiszler 11-5-2 33, James 4-1-2 9. Totals: 24-9-18 63.
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