Eagle girls still on a roll
Despite added pressure that comes with a 9-1 record and a No. 3 state rating, Brady’s girls remain calm, cool and collected.
The Omaha World Herald bumped the Eagle basketball team from its No. 5 pre-season rating to No. 3 last week.
Coach Lance Arterburn said the move up hasn’t changed much of anything for his team.
“These girls don’t seem to get too worked up,” the coach said. “They tell me they’ve got things under control. I kind of have to let them go with it.”
Even when Maxwell took a slim lead over the Eagles early in their game on Jan. 3, Arterburn said he wasn’t worried.
Except for the team’s lone loss to Hitchcock County (No. 2 in D-1), Brady had not trailed in a game until the Maxwell matchup.
Arterburn said it was a good challenge.
“Except for Hitchcock County, it was the only time my starters have played a whole game,” he said. “We’re going to need that kind of experience down the stretch.”
Maxwell captured the lead several times in the first half but the Eagles always managed to regain the advantage.
Midway through the third period, Brady went ahead for good, finishing with a 45-37 victory.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was junior Brittney Christophersen with a season-high 12 points.
“They were tough,” Arterburn said.
Saturday’s game at Arthur County wasn’t so tough as the Eagles came away with a 60-18 win.
“Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused in a game like that,” Arterburn said.
But that doesn’t mean there weren’t lessons that came from the win.
Arterburn said for the first time this season, the Eagles were out-rebounded by their opponent.
Brady pulled down 25 boards and Arthur County had 35.
“We talked about that a lot,” the coach said. “We certainly don’t want to make a habit of it because something like that can sneak up to bite us later.”
The Eagles travel to Hayes Center (2-8) on Friday with a home game against South Loup (1-8) on Saturday.
“We really need to work on staying focused on playing our game, not falling into theirs,” Arterburn said.