WICHITA—Everything was humming along for the Orioles in the first quarter of Friday night’s girls basketball game at Collegiate. They jumped out to a 14-3 lead and got quality minutes and points from their bench players.
But in the second quarter, the Spartans took advantage of several Oriole miscues and surprisingly came back to tie the game quickly 19-19 by halftime.
“We got really undisciplined late in that second quarter and took some quick shots,” coach Tracy Anderson said. “And we had 12 turnovers at half. Against that defense, we should not have.”
Not only did the Orioles reassert themselves at the start of the third quarter, but they never relinquished control again as they doubled the Spartans’ scoring 26-13 for a 45-32.
The Orioles now are riding a four-game winning streak and have evened their record to 7-7 with six games before sub-state.
In the third quarter, the daunting duo of Jayden Marlnee and Abbee Rhodes took control of the paint on both ends. They scored all but three of Augusta’s 16 points in the third quarter, and they pretty much shut down Collegiate’s strong post players the rest of the game.
“We were very discplined. We ran our stuff to perfection,” Anderson said of the Orioles’ big run. “...We got some great shots and we knocked them down, which helps.”
Taylor Hinnenkamp hit a 3-pointer in the quarter, as well. Marlnee scored six of her team-high 16 points in the third while Rhodes scored seven of her nine in the third.
When it wasn’t the Orioles’ post players, it was the guards making some plays by driving to the hoop or intensifying their perimeter defense. Early in the game, Anderson didn’t like some of the shots they took, but they improved as the game wore on. She said defenses are going to clamp down on Augusta’s post players, so the guards will need to take good shots.
“Our guards have to be disciplined and know the difference between a good shot and a quick, bad shot,” Anderson said. “And I thought we did a really good job of that in the third quarter.”
Hinnenkamp, Madison Livingston and Kylie McDaniel all scored five points apiece for the Orioles. Natalie Rockers and Jaden Peterson added two points apiece. Madison Wheeler added one.