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  • Columbus sweeps SE on Senior Night

  • The Columbus Titans crashed the Senior Night festivities at Southeast.

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  • The Columbus Titans crashed the Senior Night festivities at Southeast.
    After a horrendous first half in terms of shooting, a missed 3-pointer by Marissa Thompson, rebounded by Katrina Froebe who turned to score the put back, put the Titans up by one and the Lancers missed four straight inside shots to win 42-41.
    “It was a hard fought battle,” said Columbus head coach Marty Atnip. “They played pretty well and we just seemed to make the right plays at the right time.”
    An outside shot by Thompson tied the game at 10 with 6:15 left in the second quarter before a Tera Spear lay up gave the Titans their first lead of the night at 12-11.
    There were four different lead changes in the second quarter.
    A steal by Tessa Robin turned into a wide-open layup, propelling the Lancers to a four-point lead.
    The Lancer defense made an arduous night for the Titans, forcing them to shoot from the outside.
    It could have been the hangover from losing to Baxter Springs on Friday, which eliminated the Titans from CNC league title contention but Atnip said it was just a better game played by Southeast, who were much improved from the last time the two sides met.
    “We knew that it was going to be a tough battle in the game,” Atnip said. “I knew we were going to have to play well since Southeast had improved since the last time we played them. It was a good, hard fought victory and we’ll take it.”
    The Titans went on a 6-2 run to start the second half to close the gap at two-points. Another steal by Robin turned into another wide open layup with one second left in the third quarter, widening the score to 33-27.
    Froebe got off to a quick 4-0 run to start the fourth with consecutive inside shots.
    Robin was the leading scorer for the Lancers, getting 11 points while Rachel bole had 10.
    Froebe was the leading scorer for the Titans, finishing with 13 points and Madi Evans had 10.
    Two free throws by Robin and a Froebe and one put the Lancers in front, 40-37 with 3:52 left. A field goal by Olivia Powell pushed the lead.
    The Lancers missed a golden opportunity to ice the game when Martin missed both free throw attempts. The Titans got the ball backwhich led to the game winning shot.
    Both teams will now turn their attention to substate next week.
    Columbus boys 54, Southeast 42
    The Columbus Titans took an early lead and never looked back as a turnover filled night hurt the Southeast Lancers, 54-42.
    Jordan Morgan proved too tough to stop as he went on to score 16 points while Blake Mackensen also kept the scoreboard busy with 13 for the Titans.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I thought we played hard and had opportunities to win the game but we couldn’t convert,” said head coach Steve Taylor. “When we got inside shots and we missed a bunch of free throws. We hurt ourselves. We turned the ball over.”
    The Lancers only made 15 field goals and were four of 10 from the free throw line.
    Back-to-back 3-pointers by Caleb Biancarelli brought the Lancers to a one-point deficit with 4:20 in the second quarter.
    An over-the-back field goal by Morgan made it 21-15.
    Josh Thompson hit one from the inside and Riley Ulery made a 3-pointer to spark a 5-0 run early in the second half.
    But by the fourth quarter, it started to lean more into Columbus’ favor.
    An outside shot by Nate Bole gave the Titans a 39-28 favor. Nathan Copp took advantage of a missed free throw from Steven Uber to extend the lead.
     “Columbus played well,” Taylor said. “They do a lot of nice things. But when we turn the ball over and not capitalize on their mistakes and they did that. They capitalized on our mistakes.”
    Morgan and AJ Wary both scored from the inside on a 4-0 run.
    Travis Trayer was the leading scorer for the Lancers with nine points. He hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
    Up next for both teams will be substate. Taylor says his team is not far from achieving what they need to do next week.
    “We just got to keep fighting,” Taylor said. “I don’t think we are very far away, we just need to clean up our own game and we’ll have opportunities to win.”
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