CHS kicks off busy week with win over Pike Valley

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COURTLAND — Concordia kicked off a busy final week of the regular season by dominating Pike Valley 67-34 on Monday night.
The two teams were scheduled for play on Feb. 4, but the game was postponed because of bad weather.
 Concordia plays a North Central Kansas League game at Clay Center tonight, and plays a makeup game at Abilene on Thursday.
Scoring six points in the first 1:22 of the game, Concordia would never trail against Pike Valley.
“You play the way you should play,” Concordia coach Michael Roe said of taking on a smaller school, “A game like this is hard to get up for. You hope you can play a clean basketball game, and I think we did that. We were a little sloppy at times, but for the most part we took good shots and played pretty good defense.”
Concordia did have second-leading scorer Grant Holmes pick up two fouls in the first 1:01 of the game.
Holmes would sit the remainder of the first quarter.
Concordia led 10-4 when Ethan Bechard scored on a drive to start an 8-0 run that made an 18-4 game.
Casey Jensen, who had Pike Valley's first eight points in the game, scored inside to make it 18-6.
Five straight points by Cooper Holmes pushed Concordia's lead to 23-6.
Cooper Holmes scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the first period. He finished 8 of 11 from the field and seven of seven from the line and also had seven rebounds and seven steals.
Following a basket by Jensen that made it 23-8, Cooper Holmes made two free throws with 1.9 seconds  on the clock to give Concordia a 25-8 advantage.
Jensen scored the first two points of the second period.
Four points by Grant Holmes, a basket by Cooper Holmes and then two free throws by Grant Holmes put Concordia on top 33-10.
Titus Vignery hit a three for Pike Valley, but Grant Holmes answered with a three.
Jensen scored again for Pike Valley to make it 36-15.
A three by Kaleb Pounds and baskets by Grant Holmes and Ian Nordell pushed Concordia's lead to 43-15.
Nordell, a freshman, came off the bench to score 11 points and grab nine rebounds.
Pike Valley scored the final three points of the first half, but trailed 43-18.
Concordia opened the second half with a 10-2 spurt to push the lead to 53-20.
Jacob Field scored on a drive for Pike Valley.
Baskets by Grant Holmes and Nordell and two free throws by Christian Wetter gave Concordia a 59-22 cushion.
Roe was able to pull his starters and get the reserves in the game.
“Playing three games in four days you want to save as much energy as you can and get some other kids some playing time. I thought they went in and played hard,” Roe said.
Concordia led 61-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
With a running clock in the final period, each team scored six points.
Grant Holmes scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Concordia. He was five of six from the floor and four of four from the line.
Kaleb Pounds had five assists to go with five points.
Concordia was 25 of 48 from the floor for 52 percent and 15 of 18 from the line for 83 percent.
Jensen led Pike Valley with 12 points.

Mares 0-0-1 0, Coppoc 2-0-0 4, Pounds 2-0-1 5, Streeter 0-0-1 0, Wetter 0-3-1 3, James 1-0-0 2, Acree 0-0-1 0, Bechard 2-0-1 4, G. Holmes 5-4-2 15, Nordell 5-1-1 11, C. Holmes 8-7-0 23. Totals: 25-15-9 67.
Blanding 0-0-3 0, McGregor 1-0-0 3, Field 2-1-2 5, Sothers 0-0-1 0, Vignery 1-0-1 3, Carlgren 3-0-0 6, Jensen 6-0-2 12, Larson 1-1-3 3, Runft 1-0-2 2. Totals: 15-2-14 34.


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