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 (Jan. 2) at Madison (2-7), 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.
Schuyler hosts Boys Town (0-7) on Thursday before playing Saturday at Omaha Mercy (1-5).
COLUMBUS — Two things were written on the board inside Lakeview’s locker room prior to Thursday’s game against Schuyler — attack the rim and force turnovers.
The Vikings excelled at both coming off the five-day moratorium period to blast the Warriors 64-18 in the opening round of the Columbus Holiday Tournament at Dowd Activity Center.
Both numbers — points scored and allowed — were season-best marks for Lakeview.
“Coming out of the break, you’re not going to shoot very well, so we wanted to get to the rim as much as we could and get some easy baskets off turnovers,” Lakeview head coach Monte Jones said. “We did that.”
It took most of the first quarter for the Vikings to get into the flow of the game, but once they did, their length and athleticism engulfed the Warriors.
“It’s really tough, especially when they get set up,” Schuyler head coach Kadeyn Johnson said of Lakeview’s 1-3-1 defense.
The Vikings made only three field goals in the first quarter, but knocked down 5 of 7 attempts from the free-throw line while taking an 11-2 lead after eight minutes of play.
Then Lakeview found a rhythm.
“Defensively, we set the tone,” Jones said. “Once we got the tempo up, we looked a lot smoother.”
Lakeview scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to take a 23-2 advantage and went into the halftime break with a 29-9 lead.
The Warriors knocked down the first shot of the second half, but the Vikings responded with 14 straight points to open up a 32-point lead.
Ali Janssen scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter to power Lakeview. Abby Kapels had five of the Vikings’ 21 points in the quarter and finished with 10 for the game, the only other player in double figures.
Getting some extended minutes in the fourth quarter, Cailin Briggs paced Lakeview offensively in the period. The senior scored six points in the final eight minutes and finished with seven for the game.
She was part of a Lakeview bench that scored 25 points, a number that thrilled Jones.
“Our bench showed no drop-off from our first five,” he said. “That was real important today to be able to sub when we don’t have our legs back yet. Our depth is starting to develop.”
The Vikings advanced to Friday’s championship game for the fifth straight year. All five appearances ended in losses to Scotus Central Catholic as the Shamrocks won 52-27 to capture this year's title.