COUNCIL BLUFFS — When in doubt, the Class 4-A No. 5 Council Bluffs Lewis Central girls know it’s best to get the ball to No. 15 and get out of her way.
On Friday night, senior Maegan Holt scored a school-record 41 points to lead the Titans to a 62-43 victory over Hawkeye 10 foe Red Oak. Holt, who hit 20 of 22 free throws, had shared the previous record with Kyley Simmons after scoring 34 last season against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
The end of the third quarter was a perfect example of Holt’s value. Red Oak used a 7-0 run to cut the Lewis Central lead to 37-32. Holt responded with her own 7-0 run to make it 44-32.
Lewis Central (3-0) took a 46-34 lead into the fourth after it had looked like the Tigers (0-1) might make it close.
“I think she might have been the only one on our team not playing nervous,” Titans coach Derek Archer said. “Ultimately, the way Maegan carried us tonight is something I haven’t probably seen before.
“She led us in a lot of different ways, and that’s why she’s as good as she is.”
Holt scored from all over, but she was most effective in the post despite being guarded by senior Sierra Athen. Athen, the Tigers’ leading scorer a season ago, paced Red Oak with 13 points.
“Red Oak is a good team. They’re going to do well,” Archer said. “You just wait: By the end of the season they’re going to have a pretty special season themselves.”
The Titans, who won their first two games by an average of 41 points, had to battle Friday.
The Tigers jumped to a 9-3 lead in the first quarter, but their momentum was thwarted by Holt, who scored all 13 Lewis Central points in the opening period.
Both teams pressed nearly the entire game, and Lewis Central’s half-court traps continued to confound the Tigers.
“Anytime you get two teams that are going to make it a full-court game, you have the potential to have a lot of fouls and a lot of stoppages and stuff,” Archer said. “We got a lot of girls who are very smart when it comes to that.”
Senior Natalie Rigatuso added nine points for the Tigers.
Holt, who was averaging 21 points heading into Friday, knew the potential for a big game was there once the fouls started rolling in.
“I think I had an advantage inside and I was finishing strong and getting fouls,” Holt said. “I wanted to get to the free-throw line a lot.”
Holt may clearly be the go-to scorer for the Titans, but Archer is confident that the supporting cast around her is capable of stepping up down the line.
“We have some things to figure out offensively,” Archer said. “Right now we have one girl who is carrying us a little bit, but we have a lot of girls who have the potential to be just as good.”
Red Oak (0-1)……………………9 14 11 9—43
At CB Lewis Central (3-0)…….13 16 17 16—62
RO: Hannah Vial 4, Allie Weis 1, Ellie Rengstorf 9, Sophie Walker 11, Chloe Devries 2, Sierra Athen 13, Kyndall Kells 2, Kamryn Buntrock 1.
LC: Alissa Pomrenke 3, McKenna Paulsen 0, Dani Petersen 2, Maegan Holt 41, Natalie Rigatuso 7, Megan Witte 9.