WAUSA — For some, Monday’s boys subdistrict contest could not get over fast enough and bring an end to a disappointing season. For others, the game clock moved too quickly, as it meant the end of another basketball season.
Regardless, the Laurel-Concord/Coleridge Boys’ basketball team left it all out on the Wausa hardcourt Monday night. Although they eventually lost 63-49, the Bears’ put forth a solid effort. The fans gave them a strong final appreciation through the game, even though the season had gone anything but as planned.
LCC faced the Plainview Pirates in the opening round of the Class C2-9 Subdistricts. Out of the gates, both teams were ready to fight for the finish. Plainview got a quick lead thanks to some early three-pointers. After the first quarter, the score showed 19-11 in favor of the Pirates.
In the second frame, Plainview began frustrating the Bears offense as they only allowed seven points. LCC went into the halftime break down 29-18.
As the second half commenced, the Bears came out with a renewed energy. The Bears outscored the Pirates 14-11 to cut the deficit to eight. Brady Papenhausen added a shot to the Bears momentum as he tipped in his own missed free throw as time expired in the quarter.
As the final frame ensued, the Pirates started to hit some key three-point shots. The Bears got within five and six points at different times, but each time the Bears got close the Pirates would nail a deep shot to re-widen the margin.
As time started to slip away, the Bears tried to foul Plainview to stop the clock. However, Plainview shot 70 percent as a team from the charity stripe and the age-old strategy became a moot point.
“The boys played hard and fought for every point they made. We just got behind early and it was hard to recover from it,” said head coach Shannon Benson, “We tried in the 3rd and 4th quarters, but give credit to Plainview they really shot well and made some threes when they needed them.”
For the Bears, Kyle Kardell stepped up big and tried to carry the team offensively. His 24 points and 10 rebounds were both game highs. Daniel Hartnett tacked on another 13 points for the Bears, while Brady Papenhausen helped off the glass with 8 rebounds.
With the loss, the Bears’ season came to a close. A complete list of final individual and team stats will be published in the coming weeks.
LCC 11 7 14 17 – 49
Plainview 19 10 11 13 – 63
FG 19/36 11/28
3PT 2/18 9/24
FT 3/10 14/20
REB 38 29
AST 6 5
STL 4 5
BLK 3 1
TO 15 9
LCC – Kyle Kardell, 24; Daniel Hartnett, 13; Brady Papenhausen, 5; Zach Shear, 4; Mitch Heikes, 3. Plainview – M. Klooz, 16; M. Watson, 14; C. Elwood; D. Hitz; S. Meuret.
LCC – Kyle Kardell, 10; Brady Papenhausen 8; Zach Shear, 6; Daniel Hartnett, 4; Mitch Heikes, 4; Tyler Schindler, 4; Aaron Colwell, 2; Nathan Schmitt, 2. Plainview – M. Watson, 9; D. Hitz, 6; M. Klooz, 6; C. Elwood, 4; S. Meuret, 3; M. Moeller, 1; C. Nuehring, 1.
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