Despite going 9-2 so far this season, and starting 7-1, Lakeview girls basketball hasn't received much attention in various polls put together across the state. After a big road win Friday, it seems that has begun to change.
Gracie Borer scored 26 points, the Lady Vikes shot over 50 percent from the floor and took down Grand Island Northwest on Friday 52-50.
Northwest came into the night 8-2 and ranked No. 6. The latest Lincoln Journal Star ratings have moved it up to No. 3.
The Lady Vikes, likely thanks to the victory, are finally listed as well, No. 8 in Class C-1.
"Against Northwest, we knew it would be a tough test for us, as they were rated as high as No.3 in Class B, with one of the best guards in the state and multiple 6-0 players," said head coach Monte Jones in comments sent to the Telegram.
"Our ability to limit their second shots and continue to score ourselves kept us even for most of the game. We finished with a junk defense on their best player which let us stretch the score when it mattered. The biggest difference for us is our resurgence in scoring from multiple spots, as I think we caught our groove after the holiday break."
Gracie Borer made three of her four 3-point shot attempts going 10-16 overall.
After the first quarter, the game was as close as could be with both teams matching each other's totals in the second, third and fourth.
Makeena Klug scored 10 points after knocking down two 3-point shots.
One of the biggest differences in the games was at the 3-point line where Lakeview was 5 of 11 and Northwest just 4 of 22.
Grand Island Northwest 44, Lakeview Boys 37: The Lakeview boys dropped their second straight and third in four games with a road loss on Friday night.
Cameron Drozd and Thunder Pilakowski scored double digits for Lakeview, but no other player was able to score more than five points.
"We are still trying to pinpoint exactly what is causing that inconsistency," said head coach Tyler Covin in comments sent to the Telegram. "I honestly think its a combination of many factors.
"First this is all new to both the kids in terms of our expectations as coaches and for our program and then for us as coaches trying to learn about the kids and their strengths/weakness. We aren't a great shooting or scoring team so that is certainly part of the problem."
York 37, Scotus Girls 30: Scotus Central Catholic girls basketball team competed with York for the first half of play trailing 14-11 at halftime, but York found its rhythm in the third quarter outscoring the Shamrocks 18-3 and never looked back.
"We played a great first half and then their pressure got to us in the second half," said head coach Jarrod Ridder in comments sent to the Telegram. "I was happy with our transition defense all night and proud of our kids for going after loose balls.
"We didn't shoot the ball well and need to continue to grow and get better. Our kids have handled all the adversity very well this year."
Camille Pelan led Scotus with eight points.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com