Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Eagle girls turn up heat to beat Wildcats 74-49

WALLACE—It took the Brady girls basketball team a little longer than expected to wear down the Wallace Wildcats last week.

With a 4-10 record, the Wildcats hung relatively close to the highly state-ranked Eagles through three quarters.

“Wallace shot better from the outside than we thought they would,” said Brady coach Lance Arterburn. “They played hard, you’ve got to give them that, but I think every team is going to give us their best shot.”

But even Wallace’s best shot wasn’t enough to take down the 17-1 Eagles as Brady cruised with a huge fourth quarter for a 74-49 victory.

After a close first period, Brady widened the gap a little in the second quarter to carry a 29-19 lead into halftime.

Then scoring was equal in the third period as turnovers and missed shots kept the Eagles from pulling away.

“The third quarter has been our big quarter all season,” Arterburn said. “At Wallace, the girls turned it on in the fourth quarter.”

Brady out-scored Wallace 25-10 in the final period.

“We were finally able to really wear them down,” Arterburn said.

Senior Courtney Widick led the Eagles with 23 points. Junior Dakota Terry chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds while senior Maggie Burke added 12 points.

With the win, the Eagles maintain their No. 4 state ranking in Class D-2 by the Omaha World-Herald and move into third in the Nebraska School Activities Association’s power points rankings.

“This is going to be a big week for power points,” Arterburn said.

Not so much for the Eagles, though, as for other teams at the top of D-2.

“A couple of big upsets would be good for us,” he said.

Brady will finish out the regular season hosting winless Medicine Valley on Friday. Arterburn knows they’ll be the top seed in the D2-9 sub-district which begins Monday in Cozad.

While official brackets won’t be released until Thursday, Arterburn knows the Eagles will be the No. 1 seed and will play the winner of the No. 4 Anselmo-Merna and No. 5 Sumner-Eddyville-Miller game in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

The other semi-final game will pit 16-2 Ansley, which moved up from ninth to seventh in the World-Herald list, against 14-5 Eustis-Farnam.

“Eustis-Farnam is a much improved team,” Arterburn said. “They could give Ansley a battle.”

No matter who wins, Arterburn said his Eagles better be ready to finish strong.

“We want to win our way to state,” he said. “That would just save a few nerves. I think the power points for the wild card will come down to the hundredths. I’d really rather not have to worry about that.”