Depth a definite disadvantage
Brady boys move to 2-1 over the weekend.
The Brady boys gave state-rated Paxton all they could handle for one quarter Friday night but with one player out of town and another injured in the second period, the Eagles simply couldn’t keep up.
Paxton, ranked No. 6 in Class D-1, ran away from Brady 75-44.
“I thought we started with a disadvantage,” said coach David Jacobs. “Then when Ryan (Porter) went down, it affected us all.”
The Eagles matched the Tigers nearly point for point in the fast-paced first quarter, trailing 16-12 at the end of it.
Then midway through the second period, senior post player Ryan Porter was knocked to the floor and suffered a concussion.
His exit left only three players on Brady’s bench.
“Paxton is so big and so fast and they shoot so well we just couldn’t keep up with them,” Jacobs said. “We made runs at them and were right on the verge of getting back into it and then they’d come down and hit a couple threes.
Paxton stretched the score in the second period and took a 39-25 lead into halftime. The Tigers out-scored Brady 24-7 in the third quarter.
Zach Mann was Brady’s high scorer with 12 points. Sawyer Burke added 10.
Jacobs said as deflating as Friday’s loss was, he was proud of the way the boys bounced back to defeat Cody-Kilgore at home Saturday 46-28.
“It took us a while to pull away from them,” Jacobs said of the Cowboys. “When we started applying a little more pressure in the third quarter, we built a pretty good lead.”
Tyler Egenberger was high point with 14 while Burke and Lincoln Blede added 13 each.
The Eagles travel to Hitchcock County (1-3) on Friday before hosting Loomis (3-1) Saturday.
“We’ll have a little smaller lineup without Ryan,” Jacobs said. “Maybe that means we’ll be a little quicker.”
Tipoff at home Saturday is set for 7:30 p.m.