Panthers use big first half to sink Irish

 CHAPMAN — Playing well enough in the first half to overcome a shaky second half, the Concordia Panthers defeated the Chapman Irish 49-34 in a North Central Kansas League matchup Friday night.
With junior Tristen Leiszler scoring 17 points, the Panthers built a 34-14 halftime lead on Chapman.
Concordia committed 15 turnovers, and scored just 15 points over the final two quarters.
Chapman, despite the offensive struggles by the Panthers, was never able to draw any closer than 13 points.
“We didn’t come out with quite the same energy in the second half,” Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said, “I think they decided they would play as aggressive as they could and see what they could get away with. For the most part I think we handled that pretty well. We need to take care of the ball a little better.”
Defeating Chapman for the second time this year, the Panthers improve to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in league play.
“Just being able to compete in our league is a stepping stone for us, and shows the improvement we have been making,” Wahlmeier said.
Chapman falls to 4-12 overall and 0-7 in the NCKL.
A three-point shot by Leiszler and a follow by Molly Adams gave Concordia a 5-0 lead in the first 1:30 of the game.
The Panthers would not trail.
Concordia led just 9-6 when Leiszler drained another three, Jordan Eshbaugh scored inside and Megan James made a layup with time running out in the first quarter to make it a 16-6 game.
The Panthers opened the second period with a 14-1 spurt to open up a 30-7 advantage.
Leiszler scored seven of those points. She finished with 19 points, hitting 6 of 11 field goal attempts and all four free throws.
“It definitely helps when she gets going right away like that. It opens up everybody else,” Wahlmeier said.
Chapman did not score from the field in the second stanza until Lindsey Hurford completed a three-point play that made it 30-10 with 2:00 on the clock.
Concordia did not have a field goal over the final five minutes of the first half, but made 8 of 10 free throws, and led 34-14.
“I thought we came out with a lot of intensity, and moved the ball well. Were were running the floor well,” Wahlmeier said.
A basket by Jennifer Boley would put the Panthers on top 36-14 early in the third quarter.
Taking advantage of nine Concordia turnovers, the Irish used an 11-5 run to close the gap to 41-26 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
The Panthers added just eight points in the fourth quarter, but Chapman could get no closer than 47-34.
James scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds for Concordia.
Eshbaugh added seven points and six boards.
Hurford paced Chapman with 11 points.
Macey Langvardt scored all nine of her points from the free throw line.
Concordia hosts Phillipsburg on Tuesday night.

CONCORDIA (49)
Gumm 0-0-1 0, Lambert 1-0-2 2, Beaumont 0-0-2 0, Eshbaugh 2-3-3 7, Adams 1-0-3 2, Boley 2-1-1 5, Leiszler 6-4-1 19, James 4-6-2 14. Totals: 16-14-15 49.
CHAPMAN (34)
Lovett 0-0-2 0, Hurford 4-1-2 11, Sutter 3-0-2 7, Beemer 2-0-3 4, Weis 1-0-1 2, Langvardt 0-9-4 9, Anderson 0-1-2 1, Heiman 0-0-3 0. Totals: 10-11-19 34.

SPORTS

Leiszler and Holme named to All-State teams

 Concordia High School senior Tristen Leiszler and junior Cooper Holmes have been selected to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) All-State teams.  Leiszler was named to the girls' Classs 4A-Division II all-state first team and Holmes was selected to the... [More]

Thunderbirds sweep Fort Scott

FORT SCOTT — Kylie Trobee threw a  two-hit shutout as the Cloud County Community College softball team defeated Fort Scott 7-0 to complete a Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division doubleheader sweep on Saturday.  Trobee struck out seven and didn't walk any in the... [More]

More Sports

NEWS

Commission hears from jail architects

 Larry Goldberg and Rick Morton of GGA, architects for the Cloud County Law Enforcement Center, attended Monday's Cloud County Commission meeting. They discussed the issues with the  Center and presented commissioners with a timeline of the metal building.  They... [More]

For the record 3-31-15

Police Dept. Report Arrests—Officers arrested Trevor Cooper at approximately 10:05 p.m., March 28, on a Cloud County District Court Warrant for Fail to Comply. Cooper was transported to the Cloud County Law Enforcement Center. Officers arrested Hadrian Currier, 18, at approximately... [More]

For the record 3-20-15

Police Dept. Report Concordia Police Department is advising residents to not allow people they do not know into their home. As a precaution against possible scams, don't be afraid to ask for identification and call the organization strangers claim to represent to confirm that... [More]

More News

OPINIONS

Prairie Pondering

A treasure nearly lost . . . Friday, My children keep reminding me I need to sort, really begin to sort. They aren't talking about money or jewelry or anything which would interest thieves.   That would be slim pickings for a thief.  It's stacks of obituaries... [More]

Letter to the Editor 3-27-15

Dear Editor,  It is our opinion that everyone in Concordia will suffer a financial loss and some (near the tower) will experience negative health effects if Horvath, Inc. is allowed to construct a 170 foot cell phone tower at 15th & Hill Street.  There are many... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos