Titans push win streak to six games

Papio South’s Raegan LeGrand goes up for a basket in Friday’s Titan win over Columbus. The Titans added a win over Kearney Saturday to post a six game winning streak.

It didn’t take long for Papillion-La Vista South to wake up in the second half against Columbus after a sluggish first half.

The Titans opened the third quarter with a 16-2 spurt on their way to the 58-46 victory over the Discoverers Friday.

After a subpar first half resulted in a three-point deficit for the Titans, the quick start in the third was a huge boost.

“In the first half, we were a bit lethargic and not very energized,” Titans coach Andy Gerlecz said. “I felt like we needed to play with more energy.

“The message at halftime was to continue to fight even when things aren’t going well.”

Columbus also caused the Titan offense some problems with its zone defense. The game was tied at 11 after the first quarter but an 8-0 spurt for Columbus helped them to a 23-20 halftime lead.

Taylor Beacom got the Titans going in the third quarter by scoring five quick points to give Papio South a 25-23 lead. Beacom finished with 18 points to lead the Titans.

“Taylor had a tough first half with some turnovers but she can fill it up in a hurry,” Gerlecz said.

The Titans pushed that lead to 36-25 with just under three minutes left in the third. Papio South took a 45-33 lead into the final quarter and wouldn’t allow the Discoverers to get within single digits the rest of the way.

The Titans started to get more aggressive in the second half, which helped lead to their success.

“We started to screen the zone more,” Gerlecz said. “We started to get into the paint more. I felt like we were settling for long jumpers in the first half.”

Maddie Allen scored nine for Papio South with Raegan LeGrand chipping in with six points.

Coming back from early deficits isn’t anything new for the Titans, who needed comebacks frequently in the first part of the season. While they don’t want to make comebacks a habit, it’s nice to know they have the ability to erase a deficit.

“Our character in the beginning of the season was to get down early and come back,” Gerlecz said.

“Sometimes we’d get down 12 or 15 before we’d wake up. We’re continuing to get better at starting fast.”

P-LV South 68, Kearney 62 - The Titans got off to a hot start with a 16-7 lead after the first quarter Saturday.

After pushing their lead to 29-19 at halftime. Kearney put a dent into the Papio South lead in the second half but the Titans held on for the victory.

Allen scored a team-high 17 points with Ciara Morehouse adding 13.

Baileigh Nuzum notched another 10 points for the Titans.

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