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Concordia Lutheran used a 20-7 third quarter advantage to pull away from Leo in its IHSAA Class 3A girl's basketball sectional victory on Tuesday.
Here are five keys to the Cadet win:
1. Getting in Leo's grill
The Cadets were too passive in the first half, allowing the Lions time to set up their half-court sets offensively. That changed after the break as the Cadets brought the pressure and used its quickness to take Leo out of its game. Even after several timeouts, the Lions still could not adjust to what Concordia was doing to them.
2. The veterans rose up
Concordia is far from an experienced team, but the veterans it does have stepped up when needed on Tuesday. Senior Jacqueline Dixie made 6-foot-1 Leo center Keanna Gary work for everything she got inside. Gary finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but every shot she took was contested, many by Dixie. Olivia Hahn was also big for Concordia, with the senior hitting a trio of big 3-pointers, including two in the second half when the Cadets made their charge.
3. Offensive balance
Ok, there was not balance in the terms that seven or eight players notched points on the scoresheet, but Concordia did have four players in double figures. The only thing was, those were the only four players to score for the Cadets. Even so, anytime you have four players score 12 or more points while only notching 58 points for the game, that is a good thing. Concordia has had tremendous offensive balance in the last few seasons, including the state title runs of 2010 and 2012.
4. Making the extra pass
Coach David Miller preaches teamwork, and there is no easier way to gauge teamwork than looking at the assist column in the scorebook. For the game, Concordia notched 15 dimes on 21 baskets. That is the definition of teamwork.
5. Shooting well
The Cadets hit 21-of-39 shots from the field on Tuesday, helped by the numerous layups the team got in transition in the second half. That equates out to a 53 percent shooting percentage. You are not going to lose many games shooting that well over an entire game.