WAMEGO — Concordia pushed the pace and attacked the defending Class 4A state champion Wamego on Friday night, but the Red Raiders were still too much for the visiting Panthers — keeping their perfect season intact with a decisive 56-19 rout at home.
Lanie and Kaylee Page led the way for the Red Raiders, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.
While Concordia presented an up-tempo style to Wamego — a far different approach than Rock Creek used a week ago — Red Raiders’ head coach Jim Page said he wasn’t concerned with his team’s response.
“I don’t do a ton of scouting,” Page said. “I just really try to focus on what we’re doing. I just want us to be really good at what we do.”
Wamego opened up the game with a 22-6 first-quarter lead and the Red Raiders never looked back.
It was the guards for Wamego that helped set the tone defensively for this team. Junior guard Allison Seufert — who also scored nine points — locked down Concordia’s play-maker Tristen Leiszler, who was held scoreless on the night.
Coach Page was also complimentary of her junior backcourt mate, Maddie Vontz.
“The main thing again with (Allison) and Maddie is that defense really sets the tone for everybody,” he said. “They set the tone for everyone. I don’t mean to be cliché, but they set that example and everyone follows it.”
Concordia was held to just seven points in the second half. All seven of those points came from Megan James in the third quarter. James finished with a team-high nine points for Concordia.
Caitlyn Claussen, who transferred to Wamego from Manhattan High this year, scored 12 points for the Red Raiders.
“Just from last week, I think Caitlyn was a little bit excited,” Page said. “Claussen picked up two quick fouls in last week’s game against Rock Creek. Tonight, she let the game come to her more and I think that’s going to be the biggest key with her.
“If Caitlyn just fills that role and lets the game come to her, she’ll be really good.”
Because of the large margin in the fourth quarter, Page turned entirely to his bench with 4 minutes to go. Not only did the reserves keep the Panthers off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, they also rebounded the ball on four straight shots. The effort pleased Page.
“I love it when I can get those players in because they run just as hard in practice as everyone else,” Page said. “They’ve got some big shoes to fill, but they come in and do a great job.”
WAMEGO 56, CONCORDIA 19
Concordia 6 6 7 0 — 19
Wamego 22 16 16 2 — 56
CONCORDIA (19) — James 9, Lambert 4, Adams 2, Boley 2, Eshbaugh 2.
WAMEGO (56) — L. Page 17, K. Page 14, Claussen 12, Seufert 9, Vontz 4.
3-pointers — Concordia 0. Wamego 5 (L. Page 3, K. Page 2).