Heartland Lutheran used a dominant performance in the second quarter to get past Central Valley in Tuesday’s Class D-1, Subdistrict 7 semifinals at Grand Island Central Catholic.

The Red Hornets went 8-for-9 from inside the 3-point line while outscoring the Cougars 16-2. That played a huge part in Heartland Lutheran’s 47-37 victory.

Red Hornets coach Kathryn Langrehr said her team’s aggressiveness paid off in the big period.

“We ran the floor,” she said. “That’s one of the top things we’ve talked about — pulling down the rebound, getting the outlet and going. I think we’ve kind of been hanging in the backseat. The thing is shots are still going to fall. We’ve got to believe they’re going to fall. We’ve got to still shoot them.”

Central Valley (4-15) only trailed 10-8 entering the second quarter but went 1-for-7 from the floor with eight of its 19 turnovers coming in that period.

“We’re not smooth sometimes,” Central Valley coach Brad Williams said. “We’re kind of choppy. We make some silly turnovers sometimes when we shouldn’t. But they’re good kids, and they’re going to get better.”

The Cougars outscored Heartland Lutheran (13-10) in each of the final two quarters but faced a 17-point deficit with 3:45 left before scoring nine unanswered.

“I thought we played OK in the first quarter,” Williams said. “In the second, we didn’t play nearly as well. In the second half I thought we played our tails off, but it was too little, too late.”

Langrehr said: “Our defensive effort in that second quarter and at the start of the fourth was huge.”

Sydney Schmitt led the Red Hornes with 16 points. Justine Bader added 15 points while Claire Hiegel chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds.

“Justine had a huge game for us attacking and having that mental focus of ‘nobody’s going to stop me, I’m going to the hole,’” Langrehr said. “Syd had some huge shots as far as that goes.”

The second-seeded Red Hornets face top-seeded Kenesaw Thursday at 7:45 p.m. in the subdistrict championship game.

“I am confident in the way that we’re playing,” Langrehr said. “(Kenesaw is) a young squad if you look at their starting lineup, so we’ll have to be physical and not be afraid of getting after it with them.”

Heartland Lutheran 47, Central Valley 37

HEARTLAND LUTHERAN (13-10)

Schmitt 7-16 2-4 16, Bader 5-11 5-6 15, E. Wiegert 2-11 0-0 5, Cl. Hiegel 2-6 4-4 9, Zehendner 1-4 0-0 2, K. Wiegert 0-0 0-0 0, Staehr 0-0 0-0 0, E. Niemeier 0-1 0-0 0, Bluschke 0-1 0-0 0, Bockmann 0-0 0-0 0, Ca. Hiegel 0-0 0-0 0, S. Niemeier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-50 11-14 47.

CENTRAL VALLEY (4-15)

Erickson 0-1 1-2 1, Behnk 2-7 2-6 6, Butcher 0-2 0-0 0, Wood 2-13 0-0 4, Barr 4-12 0-0 9, J. Rother 3-7 1-1 7, Dugan 1-4 2-4 4, Essman 2-2 0-0 4, K. Rother 0-1 0-0 0, Grossart 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 15-53 6-13 37.

Heartland Lutheran 10 16 13 8—47

Central Valley 8 2 15 12—37

3-point field goals—HL 2-15 (E. Niemeier 0-1, Bluschke 0-1, Schmitt 0-2, E. Wiegert 1-8, C. Hiegel 1-2, Zehendner 0-1), CV 1-10 (Wood 0-5, Barr 1-5). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—HL 37 (C. Hiegel 12), CV 36 (J. Rother 11). Assists—HL 6 (Bluschke, Zehendner 2), CV 9 (Wood 3). Turnovers—HL 19, CV 19. Total fouls—HL 13, CV 9. Technicals—none.

Kenesaw 57, Harvard 29

Top-seeded Kenesaw needed until the middle of the second quarter to take control, but once the Blue Devils did they steadily pulled away from Harvard for a 57-29 victory Tuesday.

Kenesaw found itselft in a 14-14 tie with 5:51 left in the first half before going on a 26-3 run. Coach Jace Morgan said a better performance on the boards — where the Blue Devils finished with a 55-37 advantage — got things going for his team.

“I thought we were boxing out a little bit better,” he said. “We gave up too many rebounds that first quarter. They made some shots that first quarter too, so credit them for coming out ready to play.

“We settled down a little bit and hit the right spots offensively. But it really started defensively when our press started working well, our rebounding got better and everything else improved after that.”

Brielle Schneider led Kenesaw (16-7) with 23 points, including 14 of the Blue Devils’ first 18. Haley Schukei and Ashley Uden each chipped in 10.

Morgan said the Blue Devils started their postseason with a pretty solid performance.

“I wish we would have come out with a little stronger start, but at least we kept our composure,” he said. “We made some adjustments on the fly, and I thought the girls did a good job with that. It’s good to come out with a win, and that’s what it’s about right now.”

Kenesaw 57, Harvard 29

HARVARD (6-18)

Wilkerson 1-9 0-0 3, Medina 1-8 1-2 3, Schuck 2-12 4-6 9, Julich 0-1 0-0 0, Griess 0-6 0-0 0, Roberts 5-12 0-0 13, Hansen 0-2 1-2 1, Ramirez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-50 6-10 29.

KENESAW (16-7)

Schnitzler 1-4 0-0 2, Nunn 1-12 0-0 3, Schukei 3-5 3-5 10, Schneider 7-18 8-16 23, Weavers 1-5 0-0 3, Uden 5-12 0-0 10, Brundage 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Burr 1-4 0-0 2, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Wehrman 0-0 2-2 2, Jaeschke 1-2 0-0 2, Schleeman 0-1 0-0 0, Gamble 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-63 13-23 57.

Harvard 12 5 1 11—29

Kenesaw 9 18 15 15—57

3-point field goals—Harvard 5-31 (Wilkerson 1-9, Roberts 3-10, Medina 0-3, Schuck 1-8, Griess 0-1), Kenesaw 4-19 (Schnitzler 0-1, Nunn 1-7, Schukei 1-1, Schneider 1-7, Weavers 1-2, Jaeschke 0-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Harvard 17 (Wilkerson, Julich 4), Kenesaw 55 (Nunn 9). Assists—Harvard 3, Kenesaw 9 (Nunn 3). Turnovers—Harvard 26, Kenesaw 14. Total fouls—Harvard 17, Kenesaw 12. Technicals—none.

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