Hoop Scoop: Lady Vikes close regular season in win over Bison
Another big game by Gracie Borer and a suffocating second-half effort by the Lakeview defense propelled the Lady Vikes to a 50-33 win Thursday night at Lakeview over Central City.
In a preview of a first-round sub-district round matchup next week back in the same location, Borer scored 26 points, hit three 3-pointers and Lakeview won its 15th game of the season - the highest win total for the program in more than a decade.
The victory comes on the heels of a dramatic overtime win two nights earlier at Scotus Central Catholic where the Lady Vikes snapped a five-game skid to the Shamrocks. Borer had 30 in that one and hit the game-winner with just over a second remaining.
Thursday she had 22 of her game-high total by halftime.
“We jumped out big right away, but because of foul trouble, they were able to cut into our lead a little bit,” coach Monte Jones said in comments sent to The Telegram.
“We did nothing new in the second half but had scoring from more people and were able to pull away.”
Lakeview took a 21-10 lead into the second quarter then extended the separation to 32-20 at halftime. Central City only managed 13 total points in the second half while shooting just 22 percent for the game.
The Lady Vikes forced 16 turnovers while only giving it away six times themselves.
Lakeview and Central City will meet again on Tuesday in the first round of the sub-district tournament. The winner moves on to face the winner between Boone Central/Newman Grove and Scotus back at Lakeview on Thursday.
“This was a good win going into districts against a team we will face Tuesday who has one of the best players I have seen this season in Gabby Moser,” Jones said. “Now, we have to adjust along with them. Our district is very balanced, so it will be a challenge.”
Columbus girls face Blair on Monday in Sub-District
The Columbus High girls put the season on the line Monday in South Sioux City against Crete in the sub-district semifinal.
The Discoverers and Bears were set to square off Friday night in the final game of the regular season in an odd back-to-back that will see rematch tipped off 72 hours later a little less than 100 miles to the north.
No score had yet been reported Friday night when The Telegram went to print.
Columbus entered Friday night’s contest having lost three in a row while Blair had lost six straight.
TWIN RIVER GIRLS 41, D-1 #4 HUMPHREY/LHF 35: The Titans handed the Bulldogs their third straight loss thanks to Gabi Wieck’s big night at the foul line on Thursday night.
Both offenses struggled in the first half before coming around, somewhat, in the second half. H/LHF led 6-4 after the first eight minutes 13-10 at halftime and 25-22 after three before Wieck made 13 trips to the foul line in the fourth quarter and made 11 of those.
Overall, Twin River iced it at the line hitting 15 fourth-quarter free throws. Wieck scored a game-high 21 points while Taya Bellar scored 12 for H/LHF.
The Bulldogs close the season with losses to C-2 No. 2 Oakland-Craig, C-2 No. 9 Clarkson-Leigh and Twin River at 11-10. Next up for the Titans is a sub-district game against Arcadia/Loup City on Tuesday in Ord.
H/LHF faces the winner of 10-11 Nebraska Christian and 4-13 High Plains on Tuesday in Shelby.
D-1 #6 HUMPHREY/LHF BOYS 56, TWIN RIVER 46: The Bulldogs ended a Titans three-game win streak thanks to an 11-3 start in the first quarter.
H/LHF put together a balanced scoring attack including 13 points for Jason Sjuts, 12 for Ethan Hanzel and 11 from Turner Beller. Twin River had no players in double figures and fell to 11-10.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org