Three different Lady Vikings scored in double digits, the defense, especially Abby Kapels, harassed Central City ball handlers all night and Lakeview advanced to the sub-district final with a 61-37 win over the Bison on Tuesday night at Columbus High School.
In a rematch of a game played five days earlier, it was a much more balanced attack from Lakeview that proved to be the difference.
Senior Gracie Borer scored 26 at home on Friday then struggled to find her touch early on Tuesday night. She had just three points at halftime and finished with 11 for the game - the first time Borer didn't put up at least 20 in weeks.
There to pick up the slack was Makenna Klug, Reese Janssen and Kapels. Klug scored 18, including five makes from 3-point range, while both Janssen and Kapels had 14.
Kapels scored eight of those on tipped passes, grabbing the loose ball and heading the other direction for an easy layup.
Lakeview forced 22 turnovers overall and was never seriously challenged after the first few minutes of the second half.
"It's definitely nothing we can take for granted. We couldn't think just because we beat them once we were going to beat them again. We had to come focused and work extra hard," Klug said. "We didn't know what they'd throw at us."
Early on it was a box-and-1 defense with the Central City focus on Borer. For the first eight minutes at least, it kept the Bison in the game.
Lakeview shot just 3 of 10 in the first quarter and led 10-7 after the first eight minutes. It was a 25-14 advantage at the break thanks to a 13-2 start for the Lady Vikes in the second quarter.
Borer scored her first field goal, Klug hit her first 3 and Kapels tipped away her first steal.
Seven second-quarter turnovers became eight Lakeview points. Klug then caught fire after halftime and put the game away.
"It's always going to take you a while against a junk defense to figure it out," coach Monte Jones said. "I think we countered with our defense. It was so good. We were running junk ourselves to start the game, and it was working well stopping their best player, but we weren't getting any run-outs. When we changed back to our straight, aggressive defense, Abby Kapels chewed 'em up."
Kapels swiped away another pass in the third while Klug caught fire and sank four 3-pointers. She put up 14 of her game-high total in the third.
Meanwhile, Gabby Moser, who had 19 in the game Friday, had 15 on Tuesday but posted nine of that total in the final minutes of the game with the Lakeview varsity on the bench.
Klug's big quarter turned into a 47-23 Lady Vikes lead after three.
"I got 14 out of both posts tonight, and if we get that, it doesn't matter if they take a player away," Jones said. "We've got enough balance to overcome that.
The winner plays Boone Central/Newman Grove back at CHS on Thursday - a 33-28 winner of Scotus on the other side of the bracket.
The Lady Vikes took down the Cardinals 41-23 in Albion on Dec. 13.
"Locking down Gracie, that was probably something that killed us in the beginning. But then all of us just stepped up in the lineup and hit our shots. We did what we needed to do," Klug said.
"No, I have not (hit four 3-pointers in a quarter), but I couldn't have done it without my team. When I see one go in, that helps the confidence. But I just keep shooting no matter what, shooters shoot."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org