Northwest produced just the type of win it was looking for in Monday’s first round of the Central Conference Tournament.

Playing a stretch of four games in five days, the Vikings quickly jumped ahead of Schuyler to win 66-24 and spread out their minutes among all 13 players.

"We hoped that we could get to that point in the game and I thought we were able to do that," Northwest coach Mike Herzberg said. "Defensively we made it hard for them to score, so (Tuesday) night we’ll need to be as fresh as we can be because we’re playing a very good team, but a team that I hope our kids are excited to play because it will take all that we have for 32 minutes."

Northwest (7-8) advances to travel to second-seeded Central City for Tuesday’s 7:45 p.m. quarterfinal, which is the fourth game in the Vikings’ recent jam-packed schedule.

But they should be in pretty good shape after Monday. Although Northwest didn’t score for over two minutes to open the game, the Vikings’ first basket ignited a 27-2 run that quickly outdistanced the Warriors (1-15).

Twelve Northwest players scored. Kylie Broich led the Vikings with 13 points while Aubrey Fisher added 11. Kesley Placke chipped in eight points and six assists.

"I thought we shot it well," Herzberg said. "We had different people make shots that we need to make shots. Aubrey and Kylie shot it well tonight, and Kelsey had a really good night Saturday at Schuyler.

"Erin (Schleicher) rebounded well and Allie (Beckmann) has hit some open shots. It’s going to take everybody playing well. We don’t need a super human effort out of one person. We need to be sound in all areas offensively and defensively."

Northwest had now won three out of its last four games including back-to-back routs of Schuyler.

Herzberg said the Vikings keep focused on making steady progress.

"We’re not trying to beat the opponent. We’re trying to beat the game," he said. "So if we’re fundamentally sound and we pass and we catch it and we take care of the basketball and we get high-percentage shots, usually the outcome is going to come out in your favor. We’re trying to be fundamentally good at as high a rate of speed as possible.

"We’ve got some momentum now. We’ve had some success. We lost last Friday (to Hastings) by six, but that was a game we possibly could have won. So hopefully we have some momentum and some confidence."

Northwest will have an opportunity to see how far it has come when it faces Central City (15-2). The Bison beat the Vikings 46-33 in the season opener, but Northwest only trailed by one point with three minutes left.

"Early in the season you never know what’s going to happen, but they got us here at home," Herzberg said. "Our kids should get on the bus really hungry. I think it will be a great chance to see how much we’ve grown.

"Obviously Central City is having a really good season and they’ve got a ton of confidence. To go into their house, it’ll take a great effort. But I think athletically and physically we have just as good a chance as they do."

Schuyler ........................................ 5 4 8 7—24

Northwest ...................................... 14 20 20 12—66

SCHUYLER (1-15): Folda 2-7 0-0 4, Brabec 2-10 7-12 12, Horejsi 0-0 0-0 0, Adame 0-0 0-0 0, Wolfe 3-16 2-4 8, Morales 0-0 0-0 0, Avalos 0-1 0-0 0, Valez 0-0 0-0 0, Rojo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 7-35 9-16 24.

NORTHWEST (7-8): Fisher 5-7 0-2 11, Broich 4-7 2-4 13, Placke 3-7 0-0 8, Parr 2-3 0-2 6, E. Schleicher 4-9 0-0 8, Bahe 1-4 1-2 3, Wieland 2-4 0-0 4, Wood 1-5 2-2 4, Winton 0-4 2-2 2, Beckmann 1-4 0-0 3, Simmons 0-2 0-0 0, F. Schleicher 1-6 0-0 2, Holliday 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 25-65 7-15 66.

3-point field goals—Schuyler 1-6 (Brabec 1-4, Wolfe 0-2), Northwest 9-16 (Fisher 1-1, Wieland 0-1, Broich 3-4, Placke 2-4, Parr 2-2, Winton 0-1, Beckmann 1-1, Simmons 0-2). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Schuyler 26 (Wolfe 9), Northwest 47 (Beckmann 8). Assists—Schuyler 2, Northwest 18 (Placke 6). Turnovers—Schuyler 22, Northwest 12. Total fouls—Schuyler 9, Northwest 14. Technicals—none.

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