There were 11 minutes remaining in the contest when district-title talk could be heard for the first time Friday night among players on the Doniphan-Trumbull sideline.

Doniphan-Trumbull easily got past Wood River Thursday night 61-41 on the Eagles home floor. The Cardinals quickly jumped to a 14-0 lead and fished the first quarter with a 21-3 advantage.

Top-ranked Diller-Odell withstood McKenna Niemoth and Doniphan-Trumbull just long enough. Niemoth had a match-high 34 kills for the No. 4 Cardinals, but it wasn’t enough as the Griffiths advanced to the C-2 state championship match with a 25-17, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25, 15-11 win Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with previews of new teams each day. Working their way up from the smallest class, the ratings are based on last season’s final Top 10. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with Nos. 5 through 10 today.

Centura’s Madison Myers and Emily Krolikowski may have started slow, but proved the old adage, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Their efforts helped lift the Centurions to a 46-40 win over Nebraska Christian in the opening round of Class C-2 Subdistrict 8 play Tuesday in Aurora.

Kearney Catholic’s strong fourth quarter prevented Doniphan-Trumbull from making a surprising run to the finals of the Lou-Platte Conference tournament.

Some tough lessons paid off for Doniphan-Trumbull Friday. After going 3-8 in games decided by single digits, the Cardinals found a way to earn another close victory at an opportune time.

Doniphan-Trumbull quickly knocked off some rust to start the blizzard-delayed Lou-Platte Conference tournament Thursday. The seventh-seeded Cardinals scored the first eight points then pulled away from 10th-seeded Ravenna over the final three quarters for a 64-41 victory.

GICC used a pair of big plays from Mayra Almayra and four free throws in the final minute from Chase Wenzl to seal a 50-42 win against Doniphan-Trumbull.