Red Raiders stymie Panthers
Defending undefeated Wamego is a tough task, but scoring against the Red Raiders may be even more difficult.
Wamego, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, is giving up just 27 points per game.
The Red Raiders,with 6-2 Kaylee Page, 6-3 Lanie Page and 5-11 Caitlyn Claussen make it tough to get shots off, limited the Concordia Panthers to 13 percent shooting (6 of 45) on their way to a 57-24 North Central Kansas League victory Friday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
Concordia managed just one field first half.
“When we did get into our sets, and we did make some things happen, our shots aired altered because you are worried about them. That makes it a tough night,” Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said, “They are going to be a tough matchup for a lot of teams. They do a good job.”
Kaylee Page, who signed in November with the University of Nebraska, started the game with a three-point basket.
Tristan Leiszler hit four straight free throws to give Concordia its only lead of the game, 4-3.
Four straight points by Kaylee Page and two free throws by Lanie Page put Wamego on top to stay.
Concordia, now 10-7 overall and 4-4 in league play, managed just a free throw by Jordynn Gumm, over the final 5:42 of the first quarter.
Lanie Page scored the final seven points of the period, and Wamego, 19-0 overall and 9-0 in the NCKL, led 16-5.
Concordia scored the first two points of the second stanza on a pair of free throws by Leiszler, that made it 17-6.
Leiszler was seven of eight from the line, and led the Panthers with 16 points.
Five consecutive points by Kaylee Page and a basket by Lanie Page extended Wamego’s lead to 23-7.
Kaylee Page finished with 22 points and Lanie Page added 21.
Megan James went one of two from the line, and Leiszler knocked down Concordia’s first shot from the field, a three, and it was a 23-11 game.
Wamego reeled off 13 straight points to open up a commanding 36-11 lead.
James made two free throws for Concordia.
A jumper by Page as time ran out in the first half put the Red Raiders on top, 38-13.
Wamego opened the second half with a 12-2 run, and led 50-15.
A basket by Jordan Eshbaugh and a free throw by Leiszler left Concordia trailing 50-18 heading into the final eight minutes.
Concordia would get no closer than 30 points in the final period.
Molly Adams pulled down eight rebounds for Concordia.
The Panthers will be busy in the final week of the regular season with a makeup game at Pike Valley tonight, a league game at Clay Center on Tuesday and a makeup game at Abilene on Thursday.
“We want to sharpen some things and make sure we are firing on all cylinders before sub-state,” Wahlmeier said.
K. Page 6-9-0 22, L. Page 8-4-3 21, Griffitt 1-0-2 2, Claussen 1-1-0 3, Seufert 0-0-3 0, Seeberger 3-0-1 7, Stratton 0-0-2 0, Landis 0-0-1 0, Vontz 1-0-3 2. Totals: 20-14-15 57.
Gumm 0-1-2 1, Lambert 0-0-3 0, Eshbaugh 2-0-3 4, Adams 0-0-2 0, Boley 0-0-1 0, Leiszler 4-7-1 16, James 0-3-1 3. Totals: 6-11-14 24.
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