LEXINGTON — On a bad shooting night, Columbus High clamped down defensively and crashed the offensive boards Friday to grind out a 40-23 road win over Lexington.
The Discoverers (4-7) shot just 13 of 48 from the field, but grabbed 20 offensive rebounds.
“We definitely didn’t shoot well,” Columbus head coach Dave Licari said. “We needed all of those offensive rebounds we could get.”
Aspen Luebbe posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Discoverers continued to get the ball to the high post then down low to Luebbe to either score or draw a foul. The junior knocked down 8 of 13 attempts from the free-throw line.
Bailey Keller pulled down a career-high nine rebounds and Regi Zakrzewski grabbed seven boards for CHS.
“We did a really good job on the boards,” Licari said.
Columbus led 13-8 after the first quarter and maintained that margin at halftime, up 20-15.
In the second half, the Discoverers switched to a 2-3 zone and disrupted the Minutemaids' offense even more.
“We don’t play it very often, so I can’t say we were great at it, but the girls gave them a different look and it worked,” Licari said.
Columbus held Lexington (2-11) to just eight points in the final two quarters and only two points in the fourth.
The Discoverers continued to pull away in the second half, opening up a 10-point lead, 31-21, going to the fourth quarter.
Kennedy Jones added 10 points for Columbus, which had just nine turnovers, the second game in a row the Discoverers have finished with fewer than 10 giveaways.
Columbus returns home Saturday for a tough matchup with No. 7 Aurora (7-4), which is coming off a 37-33 loss to Hastings, a team that beat Columbus 48-34 earlier in the season.