SPRINGFIELD -- Columbus High’s defense clamped down in the fourth quarter and gave the Discoverers a chance at pulling off the upset of the season on the road against No. 2 Platteview.
But Columbus (5-15) came up one shot short as the Trojans (19-3) escaped with a 46-45 victory on their home court.
“The girls played their hearts out,” Columbus head coach Dave Licari said.
Platteview knocked down a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in the game to go up 46-45 that ultimately proved to be the game-winner. Columbus twice had a chance for the win, but missed a pair of free throws and couldn’t connect on its final shot in the last 10 seconds.
“I was very pleased with a lot of the things we did,” Licari added.
It was a strange game shooting for both sides. The teams combined to shoot 13 of 44 (30 percent) from inside the arc and 17 for 30 (57 percent) beyond it.
The Discoverers knocked down 9 of 15 attempts while Platteview was 8 of 15 on 3-pointers.
Regi Zakrzewski scored 17 points to lead Columbus and Bailey Keller added 13 points. Platteview’s Payton Brotzki, a Creighton basketball commit, scored a game-high 27 points. The Discoverers limited all of the Trojans other weapons though.
Platteview battled for a lead the entire game. The Trojans led 11-9 after the first quarter and 23-17 at halftime, using 12 offensive rebounds to help its struggling offense.
The Discoverers doubled their points in the third quarter, but still found itself trailing 41-34 going into the final period.
Columbus outscored Platteview 11-2 for 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter to take a 45-43 lead before the Trojans hit the dagger.
It was an encouraging performance for the Discoverers, who return home on Friday for their regular season finale against Blair.
“Hopefully we can carry tonight's play over to Friday and into districts next week,” Licari said.