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Bulldogs avenge loss to CHS

MARYSVILLE — At full strength for the rematch, the Marysville Bulldogs avenged an earlier loss to the Concordia Panthers with a 60-28 North Central Kansas League win in a makeup game on Monday night.
Concordia had edged Marysville 45-43 in the first meeting back on December 17.
The Bulldogs played the first three quarters of the game without 5-10 senior Sami Bartels, their leading scorer.
Bartels, who scored 13 points, was on the floor the second time around as Marysville went wire to wire for the win.
“Sami being in the game the entire time, she is a game changer,” Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said, “But defensively, I didn't think our intensity was where it needed to be. We were farther off our game defensively than we were offensively.”
Concordia, in a game that was originally scheduled for January 14 but was postponed because of inclement weather, committed four early turnovers as Marysville got out to a 14-0 lead in the game.
“The first part of the season I thought we did a nice job of coming out strong. Now we are coming out and stringing turnovers together and digging ourselves a hole. When you struggle to score anyway, it is going to make that climb out of that hole even harder,” Wahlmeier said.
Concordia, 2-17 overall and 1-8 in league play, would not score until a bucket by Zoe Bechard made it a 14-2 game with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Marysville answered with a basket by 6-0 Maddison Ronnebaum, and led 16-2.
Ronnebaum, who was averaging six points per game, led all scorers with 19 points.
A three by McKenna Minneman early in the second period put the Bulldogs up 19-2.
It was a 23-6 game when Concordia got back-to-back baskets by Karlee Wahlmeier and Terin Rundus.
Ronnebaum made one of two free throws for the Bulldogs.
Kendall Reynolds knocked down a three-point shot and the Panthers trailed just 24-13.
Concordia would be outscored 9-2 over the final three minutes of the quarter, and trailed 33-15 at halftime.
Marysville, 8-11 overall and 3-6 in the NCKL, scored the first six points of the second half to extend the lead to 39-15.
The Panthers would get no closer than 20 points after that.
Marysville carried a 50-24 score into the final eight minutes of play on its way to the win.
Wahlmeier led Concordia with eight points.
Bechard and Reynolds scored seven points each for the Panthers.
Concordia will wrap up its regular season with a league game at Clay Center tonight.

Bechard 3-1-1 7, Wilson 1-0-2 2, Reynolds 2-2-2 7, Strait 0-0-1 0, Wahlmeier 2-4-4 8, Rundus 2-0-0 4. Totals: 10-7-10 28.
Peschel 1-0-3 2, Price 1-0-0 2, Schaefer 2-2-1 6, Minneman 2-0-0 5, Bartels 6-0-2 13, Lauer 2-0-0 4, Roever 1-0-1 2, Ronnebaum 8-3-0 19, Dressman 3-1-1 7. Totals: 26-6-8 60.


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