CHS girls tumble to Phillipsburg
In a game that had been rescheduled because of bitterly cold temperatures earlier in the week, the Concordia Panthers were unable to keep pace with hot-shooting Phillipsburg.
Phillipsburg, ranked eighth in Class 3A, connected on 7 of 14 three-point attempts on its way to a 77-42 victory over Concordia on Saturday afternoon.
The game was originally scheduled for last Tuesday night, but was postponed because of the cold snap.
It was the second home loss in as many days for Concordia, now 8-10.
Concordia fell to Wamego, ranked 10th in Class 4A, Friday night.
“They (Phillipsburg) are a sound team and the girls are going to have to play tough as they do to stay in the game and have a chance to win,” Concordia coach Carly Bloomfield said. “The lapses in judgement, the mental errors, you can’t have that many and expect to stay in the game.”
Concordia had an early 4-2 lead in the game on a basket by Chloe Conway and two free throws by Kendall Reynolds.
Phillipsburg (15-2) got a three-point basket by Taryn Sides that started a 13-0 spurt that made it a 15-4 game.
Sides, who led all scorers with 24 points, capped off the run with a steal and a layup.
Concordia went nearly three minutes without scoring before a bucket by Terin Rundus.
Phillipsburg got consecutive baskets by Heather Schemper and Meg Keeten to extend the lead to 19-6.
With Conway and Reynolds getting into early foul trouble, Bloomfield had to go to the bench early.
Layups by Hanna Acree and Zoe Bechard pulled Concordia within nine points, 19-10.
Schemper knocked down a jumper for Phillipsburg, but freshman reserve guard Hattie Blackwood connected from 18 feet for Concordia to make it 21-12 going into the second quarter.
Conway, who led Concordia with 13 points, scored 30 seconds into the second period, and Concordia trailed just 21-14.
Phillipsburg scored 13 straight points in less than two minutes to open up a 34-14 lead.
Sides scored seven points during that stretch and Schemper added six.
Conway made two free throws for Concordia, and it was 34-16.
Sides and Keeten connected on consecutive threes to put Phillipsburg on top 40-16.
Concordia would get as close as 21 points, and trailed 48-26 at halftime.
It was a 52-30 game in the third quarter when Phillipsburg pumped in eight unanswered points to make it 60-30.
Carlie Carlgren made one of two free throws for Concordia.
Phillipsburg buried three consecutive three-point shots, two by Keeten, to take a 69-31 lead into the final period.
Concordia scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to eight points for Phillipsburg.
Conway was the only Concordia player to score in double figures.
Reynolds and Bechard finished with seven points each.
Keeten and Kay Pakkebier scored 12 points each for Phillipsburg and Schemper added 10 points.
Concordia will play a third straight ranked team when it hosts Clay Center, second in 4A, on Tuesday night, and then wrap up the regular season with a makeup game at Abilene on Thursday.
“We just need to take care of the ball as best we can, play as hard as we can and fix some of the stuff we continuously have issues with, such as turnovers and poor decisions,” Bloomfield said of going into the next two games.”
Keeten 4-1-0 12, Cheney 1-0-2 2, Sides 9-3-2 24, Hennacutt 1-0-0 2, Babcock 1-2-1 4, Miller 0-0-2 0, H. Schemper 5-0-2 10, A. Schemper 1-0-3 2, Storz 2-4-1 9, Dierking 0-0-2 0, Pakkebier 5-2-2 12. Totals: 29-12-15 77.
Bechard 3-0-1 7, Acree 1-0-2 2, Reynolds 1-4-3 7, Blackwood 1-0-0 2, Rundus 3-0-1 6, Bartlett 1-0-0 2, Carlgren 1-1-3 3, Conway 5-3-4 13. Totals: 16-8-14 42.