Twin River girls basketball was 11-10 headed into the first round of the C2-9 sub-district against Arcadia/Loup City at Ord High School on Tuesday night.
Currently sitting at 25th in the wildcard standings, the Titans are in win-or-go-home mode, and that's exactly what the team was able to do when the Titans defeated the Rebels 48-29.
"This team has kept a positive attitude and they have continued to work hard despite the gauntlet of ranked teams we played to end the season," said head coach Jeff Morris in comments sent to the Telegram.
"We have had an exceptionally tough schedule and that has prepared us very well for districts. I credit our senior leadership. The girls know they can play with anybody and they came out ready to go."
Senior Halle Konz scored eight points in the first quarter propelling the Titans to a 16-6 lead after eight minutes.
For the next two quarters, the teams traded buckets with Twin River possessing a 35-26 lead headed into the fourth.
The Titans then put the game on ice, outscoring the Rebels 13-3 in the final stanza.
"We played well defensively the entire game," Morris said. "We made executing the offense tough for them. Staying focused for four full quarters is always the goal, and due to their hard work, this team keeps improving."
Konz scored a team-high 20 points during the game.
Twin River now will face Burwell in the district finals on Thursday. Burwell has had an impressive season, going 17-5 thus far.
"They are a good team and we will need to play well," Morris said. "They have a couple of good guards and a post player that all can score."
The Titans will have to win in order to keep their season alive.
The game will take place at 7 p.m. at Ord High School.
Cross County 39, East Butler 37: Cross County kept the season alive on Tuesday night defeating East Butler at Malcolm High School in sub-district play.
The Cougars got out to an early lead, jumping out in front 13-6.
The Tigers tried to catch up in the second quarter, and only trailed 17-13 going into halftime.
Cross County was outscored 12-9 in the third quarter and controlled a 26-25 lead headed into the final eight minutes.
With their backs up against the wall, the Cougars outscored the Tigers 13-12 in the final eight minutes to move on to the sub district finals to face No. 9 Centennial on Thursday.
The Centennial game will take place at 7 p.m. at Malcolm High School.
St. Edward 50, Elba 28: St. Edward kept its season alive beating Elba for the second time this season at Boone Central/Newman Grove on Tuesday.
Freshman Alyssa Reardon scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Beavers were ahead 32-12 after the first half and never looked back the rest of the game.
St. Edward played No. 1 Humphrey St. Francis Wednesday night in the second round of the sub district playoff at Boone Central.
Nebraska Christian 47, High Plains Community 26: The High Plains season came to an end on Tuesday after a 47-26 defeat to Nebraska Christian on Tuesday night during the first round of the D1-5 sub-district.
The Storm finished the season with a 4-15 record. This will be the final game for Cassidy Rieken, Sydney Strobel and Hannah Tonniges, who are all seniors.
Nebraska Lutheran 48, Osceola 44: Osceola's season was also ended on Tuesday night after a first-round sub-district loss.
Kamryn Hahn, Grace Zelasney and Mollie Rathjen were the seniors on the team.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 1-20 record.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org