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Big Fourth Quarter Outburst Helps Concordia Girls Score Season Sweep of Abilene

2023-2024 Concordia High School Lady Panthers
2023-2024 Concordia High School Lady Panthers

The Concordia High School Girls Basketball team outscored the Abilene Cowgirls by ten points in the final eight minutes, breaking free from a tightly-played contest to top Abilene 49-37 in North Central Kansas League play on Tuesday, February 6th.  The Panthers picked up the season sweep of Abilene and have improved to 7-7 overall and 3-2 in league action.

Sophomore Charlize Cash led the Panthers with 17 points on 5-of-11 field goals and 5-of-5 free-throws.  Cash added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and was named our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game.

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Senior Carlie Carlgren, Junior Taylor McDaniel and Sophomore Rylie Jessup each added 6 points.  Freshman Jaylin Roush and Junior Kinsleigh Bethune both posted 5 points, while Junior Kenlee Williams added 4 points.

The game featured 7 lead changes and 7 ties with neither team leading by more than five points through the first three quarters.  The Panthers held a slim 28-26 advantage entering the fourth quarter.  Concordia forced Abilene into eight second-half turnovers and outscored the Cowgirls 21-11 in the fourth to pick up their first win in their last three games.

The Panthers finished 18-of-37 (48.6 percent) from the field, including 5-of-10 (50.0 percent) from three-point range.  Cash and Jessup each had a pair of threes.  Bethune knocked down a fourth quarter trey and went 2-of-2 from the free-throw line in the closing minutes, receiving our H&R Block of the Game.

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Senior Center Claira Dannefer paced Abilene with 16 points.  Senior Guard Hannah Walter was in double-figures with 10 points.

Concordia will play at home for the first time since December 15th when they host the Chapman Irish in a North Central Kansas League showdown on Friday, February 9th.  The Irish, under the direction of former Concordia Coach Mike Wahlmeier, upset the Wamego Red Raiders, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, 45-33 on Tuesday to move to 6-9 on the season.  Tip-off to Friday's game is scheduled for 6 pm.  Live coverage of the game can be heard on 1390 KNCK, 98.3 FM and NCKToday.com.