In an odd back-to-back, the Columbus High girls kept their season alive with a sweep of Blair on Tuesday in South Sioux City during the first round of sub-district competition.
Four nights after the Discoverers claimed an 11-point victory on the Bears' home court behind a 7 for 18 shooting performance from 3-point range and 25 combined points by Aspen Luebbe and Jaleigh Adams-Tuls CHS took a 42-32 win over the same team on Tuesday with six made 3s and 25 more combined points by Luebbe and Adams-Tuls.
"The girls came out executing well on the offensive end right away," coach Dave Licari said in comments sent to The Telegram. "Blair played 2-3 zone to start as opposed to the man-man they started in on Friday night. We were patient on offense and took good shots when it was there.
"The girls shot really well from 3 for the first half to get us out in front. It was a defensive battle. We rebounded well for the most part and didn't let them get many open shots. We were 4 of 4 from the line in the last 1:20 to hold them off."
Columbus led 12-5 after the first and 24-14 at halftime. Luebbe, Alyssa Turner, Macee Trotta and Gracie Luebbe all sank perimeter shots in the second helping open up the 10-point gap.
Aspen Luebbe had 11 of her 14 total points in the first 16 minutes. Adams-Tuls finished it off with 10 in the second half and six big points in the fourth quarter.
Blair closed the gap to 28-24 during the third quarter, but CHS went on a 14-8 run in the fourth quarter to seal the game.
Four nights earlier Columbus built an even larger lead in the first quarter 18-7 but only led 20-15 at the half after two second-quarter points. The Discoverers put it away with a 14-2 third quarter for a 43-32 victory.
"The girls did a good job looking inside to Jaleigh early taking advantage of what they were giving us," Licari said. "(We) shot just over 42 percent which might be our best shooting game of the season. (We were) very active on defense overall."
The Discoverers were defeated by No. 4 South Sioux City 62-39 on Wednesday in the sub-district final at South Sioux City, ending their season with a 4-17 record.
Be sure to pick up Friday's edition of The Telegram for more on the sub-district final.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org