The Smithton Tigers defeated Concordia in a non-conference game 61-54 at home Monday.
In the first game of the of the season for both teams Smithton led in all quarters, losing the lead only one time after Concordia took a 9-8 run on a free throw midway through the first quarter.
Smithton never looked back despite a 9-0 Orioles run midway through the second quarter on three 3-pointers.
“I think we had a really balanced game,” said Smithton coach Rich Pond. “I substituted a lot throughout the game because we were saving out legs for (Tuesday) night.
The Tigers led the in every stat, including rebounding, pulling down 31 on the night.
“I only had one starter in for the second half, most of the night playing three sophomores and two freshmen,” Pond said. “We had a lot of first game jitters and we need to do a better job of knowing situations, especially late in the game.
“Concordia is not a bad team and they should do well this season, “Pond added.
For Concordia the key to the game was allowing too many turnovers and letting the Tigers get out to some sizable leads.
“We had way too many turn-overs, especially early, and we let them build up too big of a lead.” Concordia coach Eric Hon said. “We shot much better in the second half, and most of our turnovers were off our pressure to create.”
Drew Apsher with 26, Brandon Amos with 10 paced Smithton. Garrett Dowdy added seven.
Jordan Schlueter with 13 and Cameron Kelly with nine led Concordia.
Smithton will face Pilot Grove at home tonight.
Cole Camp 52, Warsaw 26
The Cole Camp girls basketball team opened the season with a 52-26 win over Warsaw on Monday.
The Bluebirds led 15-2 after one quarter and kept extending the lead after that.
Bailey Heimsoth led Cole Camp with 27 points. MacKenze Gudde added 13.
Kylie McRoberts led Warsaw with 16.
Adrian 67, Windsor 33
Windsor lost 67-33 to Adrian on Monday.
Jodie DeLong and Devyn Williams each had six points. Williams also had two rebounds and an assist.
Windsor (0-2) will host Archie on Tuesday.
Southern Boone 74, Tipton 55
Tipton fell to Southern Boone 74-55. The Cardinals trailed 38-20 at halftime and could not make enough of a run in the second half to overcome the deficit.
Destiny Dowell had 27 points — 20 in the second half — five assists and five steals. Maddi Eldringhoff had 13 points and four steals. Alyson Brant had 13 points, all in the second half. Annie Martin had six points and six rebounds.
Tipton (0-1) will host Smithton on Monday to open the Tipton Tournament.
Concordia 67, Smithton 20
In non-conference girls basketball, Concordia defeated the Smithton Tigers 67-20. Concordia, 1-0, used a balanced scoring attack throughout the night to handle Smithton’s slow shooting.
Smithton was held to 14 first half points.
“We’re a pretty balanced team,” Concordia coach Susie Vandevender said. “I’ve got 10 girls who can go in and out and where we dominated tonight was we forced them into turnovers and dominated the boards,”
The Lady Orioles pulled down 40 rebounds on the night, something the team focused on in practice.
“We work on rebounding every night in practice and tonight we were in the paint on every shot.”
Cailey Copper led Concordia with 17 points, Laura Edward, and Ellison Brunkhorst each added 8.
“We knew we were going to be in for a rough contest,” Smithton head coach Bryan Werner said.
The Lady Orioles defeated Smithon by 40 points in regular season play last year.
“We’re young and the girls are going through an adjustment learning my way of coaching and teaching basketball.” Werner added.
The Tigers started three freshmen on the night.
Jenna Snapp led Smithton with seven. Audrey Williams added six points.
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