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Brady girls assume top seed in SHC tourney

The Brady girls have become accustomed to being at the top so a No. 1 seed in the Sandhills Conference tournament this week was an expectation.

Now the girls must go after the title.

The SHC tournament opened Tuesday afternoon in Brady with first-round and semi-final matches.

After a 25-12, 25-20, 25-7 victory over Wallace at home Friday night, the Eagles entered the tournament with a 19-2 record.

Sandhills/Thedford brought the next best record at 17-6 with Mullen and Hyannis each close behind.

“The conference tournament is one of those where we’d better be playing up to snuff or we could drop some sets,” said Eagle coach Lynne Johnson.

The Eagles were beyond average against Wallace, Johnson said, as the team attempts to pick up steam to finish the regular season.

Junior Dakota Terry had 10 kills and two blocks to lead Brady’s net play while libero Carissa Rayburn served 20-of-22 for 14 service points with three aces. The sophomore also picked up 10 digs.

Senior setter Maggie Burke was perfect on the night making 16-of-16 serves for 14 points and setting 73-of-73 to offer 25 assists.

“We’ve got tough matches from here on out,” Johnson said. “The girls just need to stay relaxed. I want them to be intense but I don’t want them to put any unnecessary pressure on themselves.”

Results from the first day of SHC tournament action were not available before press time. Complete tournament coverage will be printed in next week’s edition of The Times.

The consolation match of the SHC tournament will be at 4 p.m. in Brady followed by the championship.

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