Girls breeze through tourney
The Brady girls basketball team committed a record-high number of turnovers in the championship game of the Sandhills Conference tournament at the McGahan Activity Center in North Platte on Friday.
They also missed an uncanny number of layups and threw too many lazy passes, said coach Lance Arterburn.
Still, the Eagle girls breezed to a conference championship with a 46-32 victory over Sandhills/Thedford.
“I think part of it is our schedule allows us to play at less than 100% a lot of the time,” Arterburn said. “We get away with more mistakes because of our athletic ability.”
That may not always be the case, Arterburn said.
“The girls get frustrated because I am more critical during easier games. I want them to be precise no matter who we’re playing,” the coach said. “In some game somewhere down the road, somebody’s going to make us pay for being sloppy.”
Still, the wins continue to roll for the 16-1 Eagles who are ranked No. 4 by the Omaha World-Herald.
Brady jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the first period against Cody-Kilgore in the SHC semi-finals and never looked back.
Senior Courney Widick had nine of her game-high 20 points in the first period.
The Eagles continued to pound the Cowboys in the second quarter, out-scoring Cody-Kilgore 18-8, and then set the cruise control for the second half in their 53-29 victory.
“Cody-Kilgore has been winning some games so we expected a little more of a fight,” Arterburn said.
Widick was the only Eagle to score in double figures but eight players contributed to the scoring.
Friday’s championship against Sandhills/Thedford started out with a bit of a battle as Brady led 21-16 at halftime but the Eagles turned up the heat defensively in the third period to blow the score open.
“The third quarter is usually ours,” Arterburn said. “No matter how the first half goes, the girls come into the locker room saying, ‘We’ve got this. The third quarter is ours.’”
Brady held Sandhills/Thedford to three points in the third, a single three-pointer by Shania Simonson.
Dakota Terry was the leading scorer for Brady with 10 points. She also had seven rebounds.
The Eagles have only two games remaining in the regular season before D2-9 sub-district play starts Feb. 13.
Brady travels to Hyannis on Friday to face the 4-7 Longhorns and the girls finish with winless Medicine Valley on Feb. 10.
Though not overlooking any team between now and the sub-district, Arterburn said his Eagles need to be prepared for tough games ahead.
“We’ve maybe had a few easy games so far this year but once we get to the sub-district, there won’t be any,” Arterburn said. “We’re in for a fight and we have to be prepared for that.”