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Sacred Heart Loses Heartbreaker to Concordia

KSAL Sports - January 22, 2014 7:28 pm

The Sacred Heart Lady Knights led for a majority of their game with Concordia at the Salina Invitational Tournament Wednesday, but fell at the end 44-43.

Concordia began the game with early leads of 2-0 and 5-2, but Sacred Heart came back to take a 6-5 advantage. With the score tied 8-8 late in the first quarter, a steal and layup gave the Lady Panthers a 10-8 lead as the first eight minutes expired.

The score would be tied twice more early in the second quarter before Concordia took a 16-14 lead. From that point, three consecutive three-point baskets by Sacred Heart’s Tracie Thibault, Cara Donley, and Sara Vandervoort gave the Lady Knights their biggest leads of the half at 23-18 and then 25-20. Sacred Heart led 25-22 at halftime.

Sacred Heart never led by more than six points, but also never trailed in the third quarter. After leading 30-24 and 34-28, the Lady Knights clung to a 34-31 advantage heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Concordia tied the score at 37-37, but Sacred Heart answered with another Vandervoort three-pointer. The Lady Panthers then tied the score for the sixth and final time at 40-40. Sacred Heart went back on top 41-40, but it would be their last lead. Concordia took the lead for the first time since the second quarter, and for good, at 42-41 and hung on for a one-point win.

Concordia improves to 7-4 overall while Sacred Heart falls to 2-9. Cara Donley led the Lady Knights with 16 points, Sara Vandervoort added ten points off the bench, and Tracie Thibault scored eight points.Tristin Leiszler led the Lady Panthers with 14 points and Jordan Eshbaugh scored 13 points.

Concordia will face Smoky Valley in the girls 5th place game of the SIT and play at 6:30 Friday night. That game will be broadcast on Sportsradio 1150 KSAL. Sacred Heart will matchup against Clay Center in the 7th place game at 3pm Friday afternoon. That game can be heard online at ksal.com.