Platteview girls bounce back; prepare for postseason run

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 12:00 am

Platteview's girls basketball team had to do something Friday night it has done only one other time this season - get back on the court after a loss in its previous game.

But as they did after their first loss of the season, the Trojan girls bounced back in grand fashion with a 72-32 thumping of Douglas County West in their regular season finale Friday night in Valley.

The Class C-1 No. 3 Trojans ended the regular season with a 19-2 record and began C1-3 Subdistrict play Tuesday night with a game against Fort Calhoun at Omaha Roncalli.

A win would put the top-seeded Trojans in Friday's championship game against either Omaha Concordia or Louisville. The subdistrict winner advances to the C1-2 District championship game Feb. 28.

Platteview's win came on the heels of a 58-50 loss at sixth-ranked Wahoo Neumann Feb. 11.

“We talked all week about coming back and being ready to go, so it was nice to get back on the floor,” Trojan coach Justin Dannelly said.

“We're in the fourth part of our season and we need to be focused.”

Platteview raced to an early 23-7 lead and never looked back in topping the Falcons for the third time this season.

It was a milestone night for Trojan junior Kenzie Kulm as she became just the third player in school history to pass the 1,000-point mark, finishing with a game-high 24 points.

“It's a big milestone for her,” Dannelly said. “She does so much for us and she's got great instincts on the court.”

Kulm was joined in double figures by Mackenzie Zach with 14 and Sydney Feller with 10. Lexie Wichman finished with nine.

Neumann used a 16-6 first quarter run to put the Trojans in a hole they could never dig out of three nights earlier.

Feller led three Trojans in double figures with 15 points while Michelle Keyes had 13 and Kulm 10.

Neumann will be the top seed in the C1-4 Subdistrict so a second meeting with Platteview could loom with a spot in the state tourney on the line.

“We learned a little bit about their style and that could benefit us if we see them again,” Dannelly said. “They are so good defensively and that's something we can't simulate in practice, so we needed to see it.”

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