COLUMBUS — On Thursday, Halle Konz left Twin River’s game against Scotus Central Catholic on crutches.
In Friday's consolation game of the Columbus Holiday Tournament, Konz poured in 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in less than three quarters as the Titans pounded Schuyler 58-20 at Dowd Activity Center.
Twin River head coach Jeff Morris wasn’t even sure Konz would be available for the game.
“We didn’t expect it,” he said. “She was on crutches and we just didn’t know.”
Behind the 6-foot junior's effort, the Titans put up a season high for points scored.
“It was a huge confidence booster and we need to build off that,” Morris said.
Schuyler started strong, getting to the basket and drawing some early fouls that led to free throws.
“That was big for us,” Schuyler head coach Kadeyn Johnson said.
The Warriors led 5-3 midway through the first quarter before the Titans took control. Twin River outscored Schuyler 13-1 the rest of the opening period, then shut out the Warriors in the second quarter to take a 36-6 halftime lead.
Twin River’s press created some easy points and once Konz established herself inside, the Titans were happy to keep feeding her.
“She’s very strong and does a great job of sealing her defender,” Morris said. “The girls were giving her the ball where she could do something with it.”
Konz scored 19 points in the first half.
The game plan didn’t change in the second half as the forward scored eight quick points before taking a seat the rest of the game.
“We knew she was going to be a problem for us,” Johnson said.
Rachel Shonka led Schuyler with eight points.
Morris was glad to see his team bounce back after a poor showing Thursday against Scotus.
“You come back after losing a tough game and sometimes the kids don’t feel like being here,” he said. “These kids all year have shown up.”
The Twin River coach hopes the offense will keep up that type of play moving forward, beginning with next Friday's home game against David City. The Titans are now 7-3 on the season.
Schuyler (0-7) has a stretch of winnable games over the next two weeks. The Warriors play Tuesday at Madison, a team Johnson feels his squad matches up well against.
“It’ll come down to who wants it more and who’s going to be the more physical team,” he said.