HARTINGTON, NE — The Osmond Tigers scored a season-high in points to beat Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 81-64 to win the Lewis and Clark Conference Championship on Monday night.
Osmond’s (19-1) win avenged their only loss on the season, a 80-54 defeat at the hands of the Bears (19-3) on January 22nd. The Tigers flipped the score by 43 points in games separated by just two weeks.
Justus Maertins got hot early for the Tigers. The junior scored eight points in the first four minutes to give Osmond an early seven-point lead. Noah Schutte helped the Bears claw back to a 17-15 deficit after one period.
Maertins sat with foul trouble in the second quarter and Schutte took advantage, finishing the half with 14 points. Osmond held a two-point lead at half.
The Tigers accelerated in the second half. Graysen Schultze socred all 10 of his points in the second half, including a three-pointer second before the end of the third quarter. Merrix Denn found his stroke from three in the second half to post 16 points. Osmond’s defense forced 12 turnovers, most of them in the final two quarters.
The win gave the Tigers their first conference championship since 1981.
Osmond: Denn 24, Maertins 21, Timmerman 15, Schultze 10, Reikofski 7, Chishiba 4
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge: Schutte 24, Erwin 15, Reifenrath 10, Haisch 6, Hartung 4, Hall 4