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COLUMBUS — What started as a promising night for the Lakeview Vikings ended in disappointment Tuesday night.

The Vikings, who held a seven-point halftime lead, couldn't hang on as North Bend rallied for a 36-33 win in the semifinal round of the C1-4 subdistrict girls basketball tournament at Columbus High School.

The Tigers (17-5), the top seed in the five-team tournament, advanced with the win to Thursday's 6 p.m. championship game against Scotus Central Catholic, which defeated David City Aquinas in the other semifinal.

Despite the loss, Lakeview head coach Curt Softley said he's proud of his team.

"Our girls have heart. I love 'em," Softley said. "It's gonna hurt. They're a good group. I wouldn't trade them for anybody."

The Vikings (11-12), who led for a majority of the game, took its last lead at 33-32 on a field goal by Kayla Schrunk midway through the fourth quarter. A senior, Schrunk finished with a game-high 16 points.

But Lakeview failed to score on its last six possessions. The Vikings especially struggled at the free-throw line, going 3 for 9 from the stripe in the final period.

Alexandria Humlicek, who led the Tigers with 14 points, hit a field goal with 1 minute, 50 seconds left to give North Bend a 34-33 lead, and the Tigers hit a pair of free throws for the final margin.

Lakeview took a 10-8 lead after one quarter, then outscored the Tigers 10-5 in the second quarter to go into the locker room with a 20-13 halftime lead.

But the Tigers nearly equaled their first-half point total in the third, putting up 12 in the period to pull within 28-25 going into the fourth.

"We were up at the half, playing a game we can play," Softley said. "We just got out of that in the third quarter and that really kind of hurt us."

The 36 points North Bend scored was the second-lowest point total for the Tigers this season. Tekamah-Herman held North Bend to 34 points, but the Tigers prevailed 34-31 on Feb. 9.

"We wanted to slow them down in the post, let them shoot from the outside and really just take our time offensively and pressure them in the full court," Softley said. "I thought we did OK. Holding them to 36 is pretty good. We've just got to score more offensively."

The loss ended the season for Lakeview and concluded the first season for Softley as the Vikings head coach.

"It was a lot of fun," Softley said. "There were a lot of ups and downs. I learned more than they probably did. This is my first year with girls and they're good. They listened pretty well. Moving into next year, we're already ahead of I was when I came in. ... I think the girls improved a lot."

Tuesday at Columbus High

Lakeview (11-12);10;10;8;5 -- 33

North Bend (17-5);8;5;12;11 -- 36

Lakeview -- Erika Loseke 0 0-0 3 0, Payton Rosendahl 1 0-2 2 2, Bailey Sloup 2 2-4 2 6, Ali Janssen 0 0-1 0 0, Gracie Borer 0 0-2 2 0, Addie Wilke 0 0-0 0 0, Ryanne Lueders 2 2-3 2 6, Morgan Bignell 0 0-0 0 0, Kayla Schrunk 5 6-8 4 16, Jordee Korte 1 1-2 5 3. Totals 11 11-22 20 33.

North Bend -- Jacquelyn Minarik 0 0-0 2 0, Alexandria Humlicek 4 6-10 1 14, Sabrina Adams 1 3-4 4 5, Kaitlyn Bjorklund 0 0-0 4 0, Hailey Bang 0 0-0 0 0, Kristin Lux 1 4-6 2 6, Sophia Kluthe 1 1-1 2 3, Brooke Fredrickson 3 2-6 0 8. Totals 10 16-27 15 36.

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