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SEWARD -- Columbus High put together its best game of the year on Monday to extend its season for at least another day.

The fifth-seeded Discoverers (6-16) pulled away in the second half for a 51-33 victory over fourth-seeded Grand Island Northwest (11-11) in the B-6 subdistrict tournament at Seward High School.

“The kids did a nice job,” CHS head coach Dave Licari said. “I think they had a little bit of confidence from beating them earlier in the season.”

Columbus also beat the Vikings 46-43 on Dec. 12.

“The girls just seemed really relaxed tonight, but still did all the little things that we look for as a coaching staff,” Licari added.

Regi Zakrzewski, Emily Goc and Bailey Keller all knocked down 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the game as the Discoverers jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, forcing a quick timeout by Northwest. Columbus cooled off after that, but its defense held tough. The Discoverers led 9-4 going into the second quarter.

Aspen Luebbe knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to keep the separation between Columbus and Northwest. Luebbe had 10 of her game-high 20 points in the period.

Kennedy Jones came up with an offensive rebound and putback in the final seconds to give Columbus a 26-18 lead at the break.

Northwest hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, but Jones came down and hit one of her own to push the lead back to 29-21. The Vikings never got any closer than that.

The Discoverers hit 14 of 17 attempts from the free throw line in the game to help secure the win.

Jones finished with 11 points while Zakrzewski added nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Taryn Mayfield led Northwest with 12 points on four 3-pointers.

Columbus advances to play top-seeded Seward, which is ranked third in Class B, on Tuesday.

“Hopefully we can come out with the same energy and enthusiasm. We’re going to need it,” Licari said.

The Bluejays beat Columbus 52-37 back on Dec. 19.


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