Turnovers and lack of execution in the final three quarters set Wamego up for failure at home against NCKL foe Concordia as they fell, 57-45.
The Red Raiders (2-4, 1-2) turned over the ball 14 times throughout the game and were outscored by the Panthers (6-1, 2-1) in the final three quarters.
“We just turned the ball over too much,” head coach Kevin Kinderknecht said. “You’ve got to be able see the defense and do some things, and we just didn’t do it.”
The Red Raiders started off strong as they scored 13 points, including four by senior Ashley Faiola. Faiola led Wamego in scoring with 12 points and was the only one of her teammates to finish in double figures.
The tide soon turned as Concordia’s offense started to pick up, capitalizing off of Wamego’s nine second- and third-quarter turnovers
“Just take care of the ball,” Kinderknect said. “What makes that happen is when you execute in your offense and once you get our of your offense you start making bad decisions and we made some bad decisions tonight.”
The main beneficiary of that was Panthers junior Cydney Bergmann. She had huge night, scoring almost half of her team’s points with 25 and recording six steals.
“She got a lot of steals and layups,” Kinderknecht said. “You just can’t give people layups, it’s a pretty simple thing. That was the main thing that was happening.”
While Kinderknecht was disappointed with the lack of execution, he was pleased with the level of effort and hopes this loss can serve as a growth point in future games.
“You always try to look at some positives,” Kinderknecht said. “They did play with effort. We just need to execute better with what we’re trying to do, and take care of the ball better.”
Wamego will hit the road in both of its games next week taking on Jefferson West (Jan. 10) and Marysville (Jan. 13).