COUNCIL BLUFFS — Time off in basketball can be bittersweet.

Players can rest and get healthy. Coaches can strategize.

On the other hand, not competing takes everyone out of rhythm.

During Saturday’s Class 4-A regional semifinal at Council Bluffs Lewis Central, the No. 2 Titans initially had to fight through the latter. They found themselves trailing the same Glenwood team they defeated by 37 points on their home floor on Dec. 8.

Then in the second quarter, the Titans (19-1) found their groove. Using a variation of a 1-2-1-1 full-course press, Lewis Central forced seven turnovers and closed the quarter on a 15-2 run to take a 21-10 advantage into the half.

They rode that momentum to a 49-33 victory.

It was the Titans’ first game since earning a one-point victory at then-No. 1 Harlan eight days prior. While Lewis Central coach Derek Archer wasn’t fond of the slow start, he wasn’t surprised, either.

“It honestly is kind of what I expected,” Archer said. “We haven’t played in a week. We had a big, emotional victory. We’re playing these guys for the third time this year, and we’ve played them 12 times in the last four years.

“They’re so familiar with what we do, and we’re familiar with what they do. I thought it would be a little bit of an ugly game.”

Lewis Central advances to Tuesday’s regional final, where it will host ADM for a chance to qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 2013.

On Saturday, the Titans’ rust showed initially as they made just 2 of 15 shots in the first quarter, falling behind 6-4.

A Madison Paulsen basket tied the game 1:34 into the second, and Maegan Holt gave the Titans the lead for good with her free throw on the ensuing possession.

From there, Lewis Central’s defense took over. It didn’t allow a Glenwood field goal over the final 7:07 of the first half, and Holt, Paulsen and Alissa Pomrenke each scored as part of the quarter-closing run.

Holt missed her first seven shots from the field, but she bounced back from there to finish with a team-leading 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

“We were struggling at the beginning, but once we saw some shots go through, it helped build some momentum and helped us push through at the end,” Holt said.

Paulsen added 13 points, and Kye Madsen had 10 for Lewis Central. The Titans have two days to prepare for an ADM team that slipped past No. 11 Dallas Center-Grimes 39-38 on Saturday.

“We’ve seen them,” Archer said. “We kind of know what they want to do, and we think we have an idea of what we can exploit. Hopefully, we can do that.”

Myranda Starner led Glenwood with 14 points, but no other Ram finished with more than five.

“Their full-court pressure is what kills us,” Glenwood coach Wendy Lausen said. “The first time we played them, we had 39 turnovers. We cut that to 27, which is still way too many.”

Lausen loses six seniors to graduation, including all five of her starters in Starner, Molly Dean, Emma Ringsdorf, Alicia Leu and Danika Lucy. Gabriella Mixan also played her final prep game.

Lausen’s first year as head coach ends with a 13-10 record. Despite a poor start to the season, the Rams quickly regained their poise.

“We started out 1-4, and I was really questioning if I had coaching in me,” Lausen said. “Then we went on a six-game winning streak, and the girls just built confidence, and I built confidence. I’m proud of the way they fought and battled. We had some big wins.”

Glenwood (13-10)...........................6 4 9 14 — 33

CB Lewis Central (19-1)..................4 17 17 11 — 49

G: Molly Dean 0-10 2-2 2, Myranda Starner 4-9 3-4 14, Emma Ringsdorf 1-6 2-4 5, Alicia Leu 1-5 2-2 5, Danika Lucy 2-8 1-2 5, Brielle Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Gabriella Mixan 0-1 0-0 0, Baylee Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Sidney Lucy 0-0 0-0 0, Nikki Schuppan 0-0 0-0 0, Danielle Hardcastle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-40 10-14 33

CBLC: Alissa Pomrenke 1-7 2-3 5, Kye Madsen 2-7 6-9 10, Maegan Holt 4-13 6-9 14, Madison Paulsen 4-8 4-4 13, Kassie Larsen 0-1 0-0 0, Dani Petersen 0-0 0-2 0, Nicole Miller 1-4 0-0 2, Whitney Wilson 1-4 1-2 3, Jacey Martin 1-1 0-0 2, McKena Duffek 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Parks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-45 19-29 49.

3-point goals: G 5-16 (Starner 3-4, Ringsdorf 1-4, Leu 1-3, Dean 0-5); CBLC 2-12 (Pomrenke 1-4, Paulsen 1-4, Madsen 0-2, Miller 0-2). Rebounds: G 34 (Lucy 11), CBLC 33 (Holt 8). Assists: G 7 (Dean 4), CBLC 5 (5 with 1). Steals: G 4 (Smith 2), CBLC 12 (Madsen, Holt 3). Blocks: G 2 (Lucy, Starner 1), CBLC 3 (3 with 1). Turnovers: G 27, CBLC 14.

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