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Columbus Discoverers

Nearly 30 turnovers led to the fourth-straight loss for Columbus High girls basketball in a 46-40 loss on Friday at North Platte. 

Despite the 27 turnovers, CHS (3-9) stayed in the game and held a three-point lead with under four minutes remaining when Gracie Luebbe hit a 3-pointer. 

But the Discoverers turned it over four times after that, spurring North Platte (12-2) onto a 9-0 run that proved to be the deciding stretch.

"We can't just accept (turnovers) as part of our identity," head coach Dave Licari said. "If we were just plain bad basketball players maybe, but we're not. We, as coaches, have to keep emphasizing the importance each possession and keep doing various drills in practice to help alleviate some of the turnovers. We played pretty good basketball outside of the 27 turnovers."   

Columbus trailed 13-12 after the first quarter and 29-23 at half. The Discoverers then went on a 10-4 run in the third and tied the game at 33-33. 

Luebbe led the Discoverers with eight points, and Becca Hazlett, Alyssa Dorau and Jaleigh Adams-Tuls each finished with six. 

"A lot of good basketball plays, especially considering the caliber of the opponent and the long drive," Licari said. "Osmunda (Izaguirre) and Jaleigh had their best game of the season inside, posted hard offensively and were both active on the boards. Big lift from Becca Hazlett off the bench." 

Columbus is in action next at 6 p.m. on Friday at Lexington (0-11).  

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com 

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