Unbeaten Wamego rolls past Panthers
WAMEGO — Unbeaten Wamego, the top ranked team in Class 4A, rolled to a 56-19 North Central Kansas League victory over Concordia on Friday night.
Wamego improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in league play with the victory.
Concordia has dropped two straight since returning from the holiday break, and is now 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the NCKL.
"We have struggled with our confidence since Christmas break, and we have to get that back," Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said, "We have had some good practices. We just have to do a better job of translating that into games."
With 6-3 junior Lanie Page scoring nine points and 5-11 sophomore Caitlin Claussen adding six points, Wamego jumped out to a 22-6 lead on Concordia.
"They came out with a bang. They were running the floor well and hitting shots," Wahlmeier said.
Scoring the first four points of the second quarter, the Red Raiders upped the lead to 26-6.
Concordia got consecutive baskets by Maggie Lambert to make it a 26-10 game.
Buckets by 6-2 Kaylee Page and Claussen gave Wamego a 30-10 advantage.
Jordan Eshbaugh hit a short bank shot for the Panthers, but Wamego scored the final eight points of the half to go on top 38-12.
"We picked our poison. We did a good job of making them shoot from the outside and they were shooting well and getting shots to fall," Wahlmeier said.
The two teams traded baskets, and the Red Raiders went on an 11-0 spurt to open up a 51-14 lead.
Megan James scored five straight points, and Concordia trailed 51-19.
A basket by Kaylee Page put Wamego up 54-19.
With a running clock in the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders scored the only two points.
James scored nine points for Concordia.
Tristen Leiszler, the Panthers' leading scorer, was held scoreless.
Eshbaugh grabbed nine rebounds for the Panthers.
Lanie Page led Wamego with 17 points.
Kaylee Page scored 14 points for the Red Raiders, and Claussen added 12.
Concordia plays a league game at Marysville Tuesday night.
Lambert 2-0-2 4, Adams 1-0-2 2, Eshbaugh 1-0-2 2, Boley 1-0-0 2, James 3-3-1 9. Totals: 8-3-7 19.
K. Page 6-0-1 14, L. Page 7-0-1 17, Seufert 4-0-1 9, Claussen 6-0-1 12, Holle 0-0-3 0, Vontz 2-0-2 4, Griffitt 0-0-3 0. Totals: 25-1-12 56.
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