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Tigers topple Panthers, 53-31

CLAY CENTER  — Finishing up the regular season on the road against a ranked team, the Concordia Panthers fell 53-31 to Clay Center in a North Central Kansas League game on Tuesday night.
Concordia trailed Clay Center, ranked 10th in Class 4A, just 26-20 two minutes into the third quarter.
The Tigers outscored the Panthers 14-7 the rest of the way in the period to go up 40-27.
Clay Center then opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run to put the game out of reach.
“We had a few untimely turnovers and it seemed like they resulted in layups,” Concordia coach Michael Wahlmeier said, “But much happier with the effort. I thought they played hard. They played well at times. They were battling. It is still a loss, but much different feeling coming out of it than the Marysville game.”
Concordia finished the regular season 2-18 overall and 1-9 in league play.
The Panthers are seeded eighth in the Class 3A sub-state to be hosted by Beloit next week. They will play a first-round game at top-seeded Phillipsburg (17-3).
Phillipsburg defeated Concordia 57-33 on February 18.
“It is a winnable game. We know we are all going to have to play well to compete, but I like our chances,” Wahlmeier said.
Concordia battled Clay Center to an 8-8 tie after one quarter of play.
The Panthers committed six quick turnovers in the second period as the Tigers scored 11 straight points to go up 19-8.
A basket by Terin Rundus five minutes into the period got Concordia within nine points, 19-10.
The two teams traded baskets, and Lexi Liby hit a three-point shot to put Clay Center up 24-12.
Kendall Reynolds made one of two free throws for the Panthers to make it a 24-13 game at halftime.
A three by Reynolds early in the second half closed the gap to 24-16.
Clay Center, 14-6 overall and 8-2 in the NCKL, got a basket by Clara Edwards.
Two free throws by Karlee Wahlmeier and a follow by Rundus pulled Concordia within six points, 26-20, with 6:10 to play in the third quarter.
A pair of free throws by Edwards and a layup by Shelby Siebold gave the Tigers a 30-20 advantage.
The Panthers would pull back within eight points on two occasions.
It was a 32-24 game when Clay Center used an 8-1 spurt to go on top 40-25.
Wahlmeier scored off an offensive rebound, and Concordia trailed 40-27 going into the fourth quarter.
After Edwards made two free throws, Wahlmeier scored again to make it 42-29.
Clay Center pulled away with 11 straight points.
Wahlmeier led Concordia with 10 points.
Rundus and Reynolds scored eight points each.
Edwards scored 22 points for Clay Center.

CONCORDIA (31)
Bechard 2-0-2 4, Wilson 0-0-1 0, Loeffler 0-0-1 0, Reynolds 2-3-1 8, Strait 0-1-1 1, Wahlmeier 4-2-3 10, Rundus 4-0-1 8. Totals: 12-6-10 31.
CLAY CENTER (53)
Bent 4-0-1 9, Siebold 4-0-1 9, Liby 2-0-0 6, Henry 1-0-1 2, Hammel 2-1-1 5, Edwards 7-8-2 22. Totals:  20-9-10 53.

 

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