Girls come back, get past Medicine Valley
Brady opens sub-district against Wauneta-Palisade.
It’s not that Brady’s girls like to play from behind.
Eagle coach Darren Tobey would much rather have his team cruise with a lead than be forced to make a comeback surge.
Still, the Eagles allowed Medicine Valley to jump out to an 11-0 lead, not scoring at all in the first quarter Friday night.
“We’ve done it before,” Tobey said. “I wish I knew why.”
Despite Medicine Valley’s head start, the Eagles came back to win 40-36.
“We couldn’t hit a shot in the first quarter,” Tobey said. “Once we got one to fall, things started going our way.”
That magic bucket came from junior Jessica Schrad 15 seconds into the second period.
“We picked up the tempo with a full-court press and all of a sudden the game opened up for us,” Tobey said.
A switch from man-to-man defense to zone forced Medicine Valley off balance, Tobey said.
With 3:44 to go in the first half, Brady tied the score at 14-14 and the Eagles led 22-18 at halftime.
“We spent a lot of energy trying to get back in the game,” Tobey said.
By the time the fourth period started, the Eagles had gained a 34-24 lead.
Then another scoring drought let the Raiders back in the game. With 28 second to play, Brady was up by a slim two points 38-36.
“It’s that inconsistency that will drive you crazy,” Tobey said.
Schrad led all scorers with 20 points.
“Jessica really stepped up for us,” Tobey said. “We’ve had a lot of girls contributing and that’s what it’s going to take to keep playing now.”
At 10-9, the Eagles earned the third seed in the D1-9 sub-district which started Monday in North Platte.
Brady faced Wauneta-Palisade (10-10) Tuesday night.
“We’ve got to play four quarters of basketball if we want to keep going,” Tobey said.
Look for complete coverage of the sub-district game in next week’s issue.