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Brady girls refocus after loss to Falcons

Hitchcock County gave the Brady girls a little more than expected Friday night, handing the Eagles their first loss 64-47.

“They were a little better than we thought,” said coach Lance Arterburn of the unbeaten Falcons. “And we didn’t do enough of the little things to get the job done.”

Brady started out on a 7-0 run, all seven points by 5-foot-8 post player Maggie Burke.

After an 8-2 run by the Falcons, Brady still led 9-8 with 3:30 to go in the first quarter.

When all-state player Laramey Lewis hit an uncontested layup at the end of the period, Hitchcock County caught fire and never looked back.

The Falcons led 31-20 at halftime.

“We went cold at the end of the first quarter and it came back to haunt us,” Arterburn said.

The Eagles played a box-and-one defense focused on Lewis most of the game. It slowed her down a little, Arterburn said, but when Brady let her get the ball in the middle, she made the Eagles pay.

Lewis finished with 24 points.

“She pretty much took over on us,” Arterburn said.

Burke found her own success scoring 21 points for the Eagles.

“I could see a lot of stress in the girls that night,” Arterburn said. “Sure it would have been nice to go undefeated for the season but I think now a weight has been lifted off their shoulders.”

Brady couldn’t take long to linger with the loss, facing the Loomis Wolves the next night.

“I was pretty nervous about that game but Loomis wasn’t the team we thought they would be,” Arterburn said.

It didn’t take long for the Eagles to make a statement against the Wolves. Arterburn said he breathed a sigh of relief about three minutes into the game.

Brady opened on a 9-2 run and increased the margin to 14-2 at the end of the first quarter.

At halftime, the Eagles held a comfortable 28-7 advantage.

Loomis had been second in Class D-2 in power points awarded by the Nebraska School Activities Association.

“They lost a really good player when Katie Morten got hurt,” Arterburn said of the Wolves’ leader. “She must have been a pretty big spark plug for them.”

There was no spark against Brady as the Eagles earned an easy 57-20 victory.

Courtney Widick led the scoring with 18 points.

The Eagles (4-1) are in action again Wednesday (today) at the Maxwell Booster Tournament playing Stapleton/McPherson County at 3 p.m.

Arterburn said Maxwell is the team in the tournament that will put up a battle.

“They’re playing pretty well right now,” he said. “Most of all, they’re the team that scares me a little, just because it’s Maxwell.”

The girls tournament championship will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“Athletic-wise, I don’t think anyone will be able to match us,” the coach said, “but we still have to show up and play.”

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