SEWARD -- Columbus High couldn’t replicate its strong performance against Grand Island Northwest on Monday as its season came to an end with a 60-31 loss to Seward on Tuesday in the B-6 subdistrict tournament at Seward High School.
“We struggled from the outset,” Columbus head coach Dave Licari said.
The fifth-seeded Discoverers, who finish the season 6-17, turned the ball over three times before even getting a shot attempt up. By the end of the first quarter, Columbus had eight turnovers and just five shot attempts, all misses.
The Bluejays (18-4), the top seed and No. 3 overall in Class B, raced out to a 15-0 lead.
“Seward is a very tough matchup for us with two solid bigs inside,” Licari said. “It allows them to extend their zone defense and take away our perimeter shooting.”
Seward continued to extend its lead in the second quarter, going up 32-10 at halftime. In the teams’ first meeting this season, a 52-37 Bluejays victory, the Discoverers trailed 24-10 at the break.
“The first half was much like our first game with them,” Licari said. “The difference in the games was that we weren’t able to get anything going in the second half tonight.”
It was 47-22 after the third quarter.
Aspen Luebbe scored 11 points for Columbus and Kennedy Jones added eight.
Kayla Luebbe led Seward with 11 points while Camryn Opfer and Rylee Opfer scored 10 points apiece for the Bluejays, who play second-seeded York on Wednesday in the subdistrict title game.
Twin River 30,
Shelby-Rising City 25
DAVID CITY -- In classic Twin River style, the Titans grinded out a 30-25 win over Shelby-Rising City on Tuesday in a semifinal of the C2-7 subdistrict tournament in David City.
The top-seeded Titans scored half of their points in the fourth quarter to hold on.
Gabi Wieck led Twin River (14-9) with six points while Cali Shanle, Bailey Oberhauser and Marissa Morris had five points each in a balanced scoring effort by the Titans.
Telegram Super Senior Sydnie Adams posted a double-double in her final career game for the Huskies, finishing with a game-high 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Twin River led 5-4 after the first quarter and inched ahead in the second period for a 9-5 halftime lead. S-RC, seeded fifth, made it a two-point game, 15-13, after the third quarter.
Twin River advances to play Centennial, which ended Cross County’s season Tuesday with a 62-50 win, on Thursday in the subdistrict title game. The Huskies finish the season 9-14.
St. Francis 71,
St. Edward 27
STANTON -- St. Edward had no answers for Class D-2, No. 2 Humphrey St. Francis on Tuesday as the Flyers rolled to a 71-27 win over the Beavers to advance to the D2-3 subdistrict championship game.
Top-seeded St. Francis (22-2) pounded fourth-seeded St. Edward in the first quarter and put it on cruise control after that. The Flyers led 33-3 after one period.
It was 48-17 at the half and 61-20 after the third quarter.
Telegram Super Senior Logan Wemhoff scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds for St. Francis and 10 other Flyers scored in the game. Peighton Eisenmenger scored 10 points while Allison Weidner finished with six points, nine assists and five steals.
Shonda Shanle led St. Edward with seven points.
The Flyers play Emerson-Hubbard on Thursday. The Beavers end the season 1-20.
High Plains 16
ST. PAUL -- Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s defense never gave High Plains a chance Tuesday in a semifinal of the D1-7 subdistrict tournament in St. Paul.
The top-seeded Bulldogs (19-4) surrendered just four points in each quarter to the fourth-seeded Storm on their way to a 48-16 victory.
It was 12-4 at the end of the first quarter and 29-8 at halftime. H/LHF led 42-12 after three quarters.
Taya Beller scored a game-high 13 points for the Bulldogs and Allie Schneider added 11.
Brooke Bannister and Madie Young scored six points each for the Storm, which finishes the season 7-15.
H/LHF plays Central Valley in the subdistrict championship game on Thursday.
WISNER -- Clarkson/Leigh found itself with the season on the line Tuesday.
The Patriots (14-9) trailed 43-38 heading to the fourth quarter, but raced past the Pendragons over the final eight minutes for a 55-48 victory.
Halee Steffensmeir scored 20 points for Clarkson/Leigh and Ashlynn Novotny and Kaegan Held had 10 points apiece.
The Patriots got off to a great start, leading 18-5 after the first quarter, then it started to unravel. Pender outscored Clarkson/Leigh 19-9 in the second quarter and trailed 27-24 at half. The Pendragons put together another strong quarter to take a lead into the fourth quarter, but the Patriots regrouped in time to save their season.
Clarkson/Leigh plays Class D-1, No. 5 Guardian Angels Central Catholic in the subdistrict title game on Thursday.