In a game where defense was dominant, Ord found an alternative way to win. The No. 3-rated (Omaha World-Herald) Chanticleers scored 20 points at the free-throw line, including their final 14, on the way to a 36-25 victory over Wayne in the Class C-1, District 4 championship at Cross County High School.

Ord didn’t play its best game, scoring its second-lowest total of the season, but its effort was enough to earn a place in the Lou-Platte Conference championship.

Ord was not having things go its way for most of the second set. The Class C-1 No. 2 Chanticleers were down 20-12 and struggling to get anything going against No. 6 Chadron. But they started to chip away at the lead, and eventually rallied to take the set. That carried over into the third as Ord, behind Andrea Carson’s 13 kills, pulled away to a 25-23, 28-26, 25-17 win Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Ord finished off Grand Island Central Catholic this time around. After seeing the Crusaders rally for a 2-1 win earlier this season, the Chanticleers didn’t allow a repeat during a 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 sweep Thursday in the first round of the Class C-1 tournament at Lincoln North Star.

If the Class C1-4 district final here Thursday had been a semester test, one couldn't be blamed for thinking Ord stole the answers.

Class C-1, No. 1 Ord had to dig deep to advance to the Lou-Platte Conference Tournament finals. The Chants lost the first two sets to No. 4 St. Paul, but came back to win the final three sets in a 24-26, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-7 victory Tuesday at Centura High School.

Lexie Kohmetscher kept the Grand Island Central Catholic softball undefeated. Kohmetscher threw three perfect innings and had four strikeouts in a 15-0 three-inning victory over Ord Tuesday.

Ord brought the energy. Wood River didn’t. That was the independent conclusions of both head coaches after third-seeded Ord topped the second-seeded Eagles 56-43 in the Lou-Platte Conference Tournament semifinals Friday at Adams Central.

The Cross County Cougars traveled to Ord last Monday night to open first round action in the Central City Holiday Tournament. The Cross County girls were blitzed over the middle two quarters 44-17 and went on to drop the 80-45 first round decision.

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