CHS hoops struggles at SSC
Columbus High boys basketball suffered through a tough shooting night and fell to 0-2 on the season with a 72-51 loss on Monday night at South Sioux City.
Blake Edzards led the Discoverers in points for the second straight game with 14 while Jordan Theilen had eight but CHS hit on just 31 percent of its attempts and just 4 of 15 from 3-point range.
Columbus opened the year scoring just 39 points on Friday in a loss to Beatrice. The Discoverers converted 61 percent of their shots and made 7 of 11 beyond the arc but also only managed just 23 shots due to 21 turnovers.
CHS cut that number down to 15 on Monday night, and attempted 59 total shots, but only made 18.
Sioux City jumped out to a 21-13 lead after the first eight minutes and remained in control throughout the night.
“We had some turnovers in the first half where we simply weren’t strong with the ball,” coach Jimmy Motz said in comments sent to The Telegram. Our passing wasn’t crisp, we didn’t have our hands up, it was a matter of getting sped up and when that happens, we need to slow down.
“Nine first half turnovers, yet we were down seven. Just need to value possessions better.”
Kaden Sailors led South Sioux City with 23 points while Brad Harnett added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Columbus outscored South Sioux 18-17 in the second quarter and trailed 38-31 at the half but then only managed four points in the third and fell into a 54-35 hole.
“I thought the shots we took, for the most part, were good,” Motz said. We did a better job attacking the rim, but we’ve got to be stronger and finish through contact.
“I thought we shied away from the basket a few times and left shots short.”
Columbus only gave it away six times during the final 16 minutes but also made just 3 of 20 from inside the arc and 6 of 28 total.
CHS grabbed 31 total rebounds, 12 offensively, and had six each by Edzards and Ernest Hausmann.
The Discoverers will now try to regroup and prepare for another road game, this time on Friday in Ralston.
The game at South Sioux was initially scheduled for Saturday until winter weather postponed the contest to Monday.
“We need a solid week of practice. Missing a day of prep for a road game wasn’t ideal, but it is what it is. Those things happen,” Motz said. “We need to be worried about getting better as a group and becoming fundamentally more sound on both ends.
“Our screening isn’t good, our passing needs to get cleaned up and our attention to detail has to improve. A lot of the mistakes are self-inflicted. The nice thing is, they’re correctable.”
SOUTH SIOUX CITY 70, COLUMBUS GIRLS 30: The No. 1-ranked team in Class B made quick work of the visitors on Monday night when the Cardinals jumped out to a 20-0 lead on the Discoverers.
Columbus closed the quarter with five points but trailed by double digits the rest of the way. CHS only managed 10 or more points in the second quarter when it put together 14.
The Discoverers trailed 35-19 at the half and 51-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t come out with the fire needed to compete with a team as quality as South Sioux City,” coach David Licari said in comments sent to The Telegram. “That’s on me for not having us more fired up.”
Six different Discoverers made the score sheet led by Mace Trotta with eight points and Gracie Luebbe with seven.
McKenna Sims had 29 and Taryn Christensen 19 to lead the Cardinals.
Jaleigh Adams-Tuls topped CHS on the glass with nine boards. Columbus shot 12 of 41 on the game (29 percent) while South Sioux converted 59 percent overall and 9 of 21 (43 percent) from long range.
CHS gave it away on 23 turnovers compared to just five for SSC.
Columbus drops to 0-2 and moved on to another road game Tuesday night at York then a home contest Saturday with Hastings.
“I was really pleased with the way we picked up the intensity during the next 11 minutes following the bad start,” Licari said. ”(South Sioux City) is deserving of the preseason No. 1 ranking, and tonight they were minus two starters.”
Bellevue West 73, Lincoln High 59
Bloomfield 46, Emerson-Hubbard 30
Boys Town 70, Oakland-Craig 35
Cody-Kilgore 67, Sioux County 33
College View 49, Dorchester 39
Hemingford 64, Hyannis 63
Lutheran High 46, West Point GACC 38
South Sioux City 72, Columbus 51
Tri County 72, Pawnee City 33
Bloomfield 49, Emerson-Hubbard 31
Cody-Kilgore 52, Sioux County 42
Dorchester 51, College View 38
West Point GACC 81, Lutheran High 44
Hyannis 51, Hemingford 48
South Sioux City 70, Columbus 30
Tri County 25, Pawnee City 20
Whiting, IA 56, Boys Town 45
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org