MEAD – Louisville’s defense gave the Lions a chance to nearly pull off a major comeback against Johnson County Central Friday night.
JCC weathered Louisville’s second-half rally attempt to win 30-26. The game took place at Mead High School as part of the East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament’s consolation round. Eighth-seeded Palmyra defeated fifth-seeded Mead 52-38 in the evening’s other consolation contest.
Sixth-seeded Johnson County Central (9-8) doubled up Louisville 12-6 in the opening period. The team then seemed to take control of the contest with a 13-4 run in the second quarter.
Tenth-seeded Louisville (4-14) changed the game’s complexion with lockdown defense in the second half. LHS outscored the Thunderbirds 9-4 in the third quarter and held JCC to one point in the final eight minutes. Johnson County Central was able to get enough late stops to hold on for the victory.
Quinn Wolcott helped Louisville with 11 points, five rebounds and one steal. Brady Geise finished the evening with ten points, seven pass deflections, three rebounds and two steals. Jaren Powell posted four rebounds, two assists and one steal, and Talon Ball had three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Jaden Maxey contributed five points, two steals and two pass deflections. Caleb Hrabik had one rebound and one assist and Eric Heard collected two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Conner Buettner made two steals, two rebounds and one pass deflection and Doug Euans provided defensive work for the team.
Louisville 6 4 9 7 – 26
Johnson County Central 12 13 4 1 – 30
Maxey 2-4 0-0 5, Geise 4-12 0-0 10, Euans 0-1 0-0 0, Powell 0-1 0-0 0, Wolcott 5-10 1-2 11, Heard 0-0 0-0 0, Hrabik 0-4 0-0 0, Ball 0-2 0-0 0, Buettner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-35 1-2 26.