COLUMBUS -- David City gave everything it had against Lakeview Monday night, but the Vikings used an 11-0 run in the second half to pull away from the Scouts for a 49-37 victory at Columbus High School in the opening game of the C1-7 subdistrict tournament.
“We’re very happy with that,” Lakeview head coach Monte Jones said. “What a great job David City did preparing for us. They threw the kitchen sink at us.”
The Scouts (6-16), seeded fifth in the tournament, switched defenses frequently throughout the game, sometimes as fast as after the fourth-seeded Vikings (11-12) made just one pass.
Jones credits his team for solving David City’s defenses and still finding ways to score.
“The players just figured it out,” Jones added. “We just ran a motion offense and the results showed our players played a smart game.”
Gracie Borer led all scorers with 22 points and Ali Janssen added 17.
From the opening tip, Borer was in for a big game. The 5-foot-9 junior scored seven of Lakeview’s first nine points to push the Vikings out to an early 9-3 lead.
“It obviously wasn’t coaching,” Jones said of Borer’s hot start. “They ran a zone defense and I called a man offense and Gracie scored three times out of it. It was just her being aggressive. She had a great game. They didn’t have an answer.”
Janssen banked in a 3-pointer to give Lakeview a 12-5 lead late in the first period, causing David City head coach Nathan Wall to throw his hands up in disbelief.
The Vikings carried a 12-7 lead into the second quarter. The Scouts scored the first points of the period to make it a one-possession game, but Lakeview responded with a 9-0 run to open up a 21-9 lead.
Borer had five points in that spurt.
David City adjusted and stifled the Vikings the rest of the half, scoring the final eight points to go into the locker room down just 21-17.
“That was great coaching by David City,” Jones said.
The Scouts hit the first basket of the second half to make it a two-point game. Two more times in the period, David City cut it to a two-point game, the last coming at 26-24. The Scouts had several possessions to break through and tie or take the lead, but couldn’t come up with any points.
“After that, we had a great second half,” Jones said.
Borer and Janssen finally got the Vikings offense going again, accounting for all 11 points in an 11-0 run that stretched Lakeview’s lead to 37-24.
The Scouts scored the final four points of the period and trailed 37-28 going to the fourth quarter. A couple of steals and breakaway layups by Janssen to open the fourth period pushed the lead back to 41-28.
“We have to have that,” Jones said. “Ali has become such a well-rounded player. She’s hitting drives, she’s hitting jump shots and yet, never forcing it.”
The Vikings were content to play defense and ball control on offense the rest of the way. David City got no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Olivia Couch scored 13 points and Chaquoya Givens added 12 for the Scouts.
Lakeview advances to play No. 1 seed North Bend on Tuesday back at Columbus High School.