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Wildcats fall to No. 3 Sigourney

Union photo by Doug Brenneman

Michelle Diaz gets fouled in the lane during Columbus' 62-13 loss to the visitors from Sigourney Thursday.
Union photo by Doug Brenneman Michelle Diaz gets fouled in the lane during Columbus' 62-13 loss to the visitors from Sigourney Thursday.
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COLUMBUS JUNCTION — An early season game between a team that was winless last season and a team that is ranked third in Class 1A had the expected result.

Sigourney rolled past Columbus in girls basketball Tuesday 62-13.

“Thanks a lot, AD,” Columbus coach Katie Coil said of the scheduling. “It was really tough. We are definitely not in their league.”

The visitors had a 7-0 lead before Taylor Howell’s triple made it a 7-3 game but it was 21-3 by the end of the first quarter. Victoria Howell made a conventional three-point play and Lizbeth Paz hit 1 of 2 free throws as the Wildcats trailed 38-7 at the half.

“Our girls did the best that they could with their abilities,” Coil said. “We are just not in the same league as that caliber of team. It was good for us to see that good of a team.”

Jobie Lekwa hit a triple in the third quarter for Columbus.

“It’s a huge learning curve for us, playing against someone like that is a learning experience for us,” Coil said. “At the same time, it was kind of demoralizing because we struggle with area competition the way it is. Then to go against a solid team like that was tough. We were expecting a better result than we got.”

Megan Stuhr scored 28 points for the Savages.

“She played really good at times,” Sigourney coach Zach Tremmel said. “It was good for us to get out and work on some things. We missed some bunnies that we have to work on. We rely a lot on our defense and that caused Columbus a lot of trouble.”