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Brady girls finish regular season with a flourish

As far as Brady girls basketball coach Lance Arterburn is concerned, there was no better way to close out the regular-season schedule than with a big win at home on parents night.

The Eagles defeated Medicine Valley 69-10 on Friday to put an exclamation point on their 19-1 record.

It was the last time Brady’s seniors will compete at home as D2-9 sub-district action began this week.

Arterburn has nothing but positive things to say about his three seniors and their leadership. Megan Polt, Courtney Widick and Maggie Burke have been the driving force for the team both this year and last.

The coach hopes all three can carry the Eagles deep into the post-season but Widick will be questionable this week.

Brady’s leading scorer sprained her ankle during practice last week and watched from the bench Friday.

Arterburn planned to keep his team’s leading scorer sidelined during Tuesday’s opening game of sub-districts and re-evaluate as the Eagles move on.

“Courtney is such a huge part of what we do,” the coach said. “The girls have a different kind of confidence with her on the court. Even against Medicine Valley, we looked a little lost at first without her there.”

But the Eagles handled their business with Widick watching as underclassmen took over high scoring honors for the game.

Freshman Josie Palmer had 16 points to lead Brady with sophomore Valerie Most contributing 12 points.

Widick’s contribution to the team was obvious the game before when the Eagles defeated Hyannis 71-44 on the road on Feb. 7.

She had 15 points including three three-pointers.

“The thing is we’ve got all kinds of kids who can score,” Arterburn said. “We’re going to get ready for the next game and plan without Courtney. If we get her back, it will definitely be a bonus.”

The Eagles have blown out most of their competition so far but Arterburn said they are about to find out how they’ll handle close games.

“We haven’t been challenged a lot so far,” he said, “and you never really know how they’re going to react. We’ve got a lot of experienced players and we’re going to hope that carries us through. If we don’t handle it well at this point, we don’t get another chance.”

Brady’s first game of the sub-district Tuesday night against Sumner-Eddyville-Miller finished after press time.

Full coverage will be provided in next week’s edition, including the remainder of the D2-9 action.

Finals of the sub-district are set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Cozad. The winner will play on Feb. 24 against the champion of the D2-10 sub-district being played at Chase County High School for a chance to compete at state.

While Arterburn has high hopes of a return trip to state, he said he and his team are taking one game at a time.