Eagle girls roll to 3-0 start
Big test coming in two games this weekend.
The Brady girls were thrilled to come away from the weekend with a pair of wins over Class D-1 Paxton and Sandhills Conference foe Cody-Kilgore.
The Eagles handled the scrappy pressure from Paxton on the road Friday night, downing the Tigers 59-34.
With 21 steals mostly from high pressure, full-court defense, Brady was able to score quickly on easy transition buckets to push to a 19-6 first quarter lead at Paxton.
Despite a Tiger run in the second period, the Eagles never let Paxton get any closer than nine points.
Seniors Courtney Widick and Maggie Burke were high scorers for Brady with 17 points each.
Junior Dakota Terry pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Eagles returned home Saturday to whoop on Cody-Kilgore 74-26, not giving up a single bucket in the final period.
“The girls played well for the situation,” said coach Lance Arterburn. “Sometimes it’s hard for them to stay focused when they’re up by so many points.”
With reserves on the court much of the third and fourth quarters, Brady held the Cowboys to only seven points in the second half.
Widick was again the leading scorer with 19 points while Burke added 18 and freshman Josie Palmer chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds.
“I think we showed what our bench could do against Cody-Kilgore,” Arterburn said. “Those girls were so tired, we ran them out of the gym.”
Brady’s bench will be a key in the games to come, the coach said.
“We’re going to have our hands full this weekend,” Arterburn said.
Brady will put its unblemished 3-0 record and No. 5 state ranking to the test at Hitchcock County on Friday.
The Falcons are also unbeaten and are rated No. 5 by the Omaha World-Herald in Class D-1.
“They’re going to be really tough,” Arterburn said. “We’re going to have to be at the top of our game. But to be honest, I think I’m a little more worried about playing Loomis on Saturday.”
The Wolves are also off to a 4-0 start on the season, sitting second in state power points in Class D-1.
“Everything they do is the same things we do,” Arterburn said. “They like to press, they get a lot of steals from their guards and score plenty of points in quick transition.”
Playing the Wolves at home will be an advantage for Brady, the coach said, as will playing 11-12 girls deep.
“Loomis is going to bring the pressure,” Arterburn said, “but I don’t think they have the depth we have.”
The girls, he said, are looking forward to the challenge.
“This is going to tell a lot about our team,” Arterburn said. “We’re going to see just how well we can handle the pressure. We’ve not had a close game yet but all of these kids have played in pressure situations so I think they’ll rise to the occasion.”
Friday’s game at Trenton is set to tip off at 6:15 p.m. with Saturday’s home contest beginning at approximately 6 p.m.
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