Turnovers plague Concordia in loss to Buffs

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Getting shots and hitting shots were a struggle for the Concordia Panthers in a 55-13 loss to Republic County Tuesday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
The Panthers limited their number of shot attempts in the game by committing turnovers. They were able to connect on just 4 of 36 shots from the field for a cool 11 percent.
Concordia, now 0-2, turned the ball over on five of its first six offensive possessions as Republic County, ranked sixth in Class 2A, got out to a 7-0 lead in the game.
“We just turned it over right and left,” Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said.
The Panthers got on the board when Molly Adams scored inside with 4:26 to play in the first quarter to make it a 7-2 game.
A layup by LaShae Hedstrom and a three-point play by Kiara McCall extended Republic County’s lead to 11-2.
Megan James made two free throws, and Concordia was down 12-4.
Republic County (3-0) led 13-4 after one quarter of play.
The Buffaloes then reeled off 12 straight points to start the second period to open up a 25-4 advantage.
“No energy. We were jogging. We weren’t playing hard,” Wahlmeier said.
Two free throws by Jera Metro made it a 25-6 game.
Concordia would not score over the final 3:35 of the first half.
Republic County tossed in nine points during that stretch, and led 34-6 at halftime.
The two teams traded baskets over the first two minutes of the second half, and it was a 38-10 game when James hit from 15 feet.
McCall knocked down a jumper for the Buffaloes.
Maggie Lambert made one of two free throws, and Concordia trailed 40-11 with 5:27 to play in the third period.
The Panthers would not score again until late in the fourth quarter.
A three-point basket by Joni Sheets and a pair of buckets by Miranda Cottenmyre put the Buffaloes up 47-11 heading into the final eight minutes.
With a running clock in the final period, Republic County outscored Concordia 8-2.
“I don’t know where to find any positives out of that. I thought Jera (Metro) played hard,” Wahlmeier said, “We have got to take out of it that we need to work harder in practice, in shoot arounds in warmups. I have got to do a better job of coaching.”
James led Concordia with four points.
McCall and Abbey Anderson scored 11 points each for Republic County. Hedstrom added 10 points.
Concordia will play at Smoky Valley on Friday.

REPUBLIC COUNTY (55)
Cottenmyre 4-0-0 8, Hedstrom 5-0-1 10, McCall 4-3-2 11, Anderson 5-1-2 11, Valek 0-3-1 3, Jackson 1-0-0 2, Sheets 1-0-0 3, Nutsch 3-1-3 7, Morley 0-0-2 0. Totals: 23-8-11 55.
CONCORDIA (13)
K. Lambert 1-0-1 2, Gumm 0-0-1 0, M. Lambert 0-1-1 1, Metro 0-2-2 2, Adams 1-0-3 2, Nelson 1-0-0 2, Boley 0-0-1 0, James 1-2-3 4. Totals: 4-5-15 13.

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