LINCOLN-In the first round of D-2 girls state basketball tournament, the Brunning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles girls lived to see another day, barely.
It was very narrow win that came within the last few seconds of the game, but BDS beat the Mullen Broncos 36-34 to advance to the semi-finals.
It was a tough night for the BDS offense as they had a hard time finding the basket in the first half. After leading at the end of the first quarter 7-6, they were losing at the half 17-15.
Dwon by ten with their backs against the wall BDS began a comeback.
After they played pesky man-on-man defense and were able to force some turnovers, they capitalized on said turnovers and began their run.
Mullen sophomore, Samantha Moore, the leading scorer on the team, was held in check in the fourth quarter after BDS coach Shana Gerberding switched her matchup. The 5’4” Jadyn Kleinschmidt had been covering the 6’0” Moore. Gerberding kept Kleinschmidt in the game but brought 5’7” Taylor Schmidt in to cover the tall forward.
The moved seemed to pay off as Moore struggled to find the hoop from there on.
In the fourth quarter, down by one, after being fouled Jadyn Kleinschmidt had a chance to be a hero and put here team ahead if she made both free throws. She missed them both.
Soon after Macy Kamler was fouled and made both of her free throws with less than a minute to play.
Due to the tough, well executed defense of BDS held off Mullen, with thanks in large part to junior Regan Alfs who was was a rebounding machine and even dropped in bucket herself late in the fourth quarter.
Macy Kamler lead the Eagles with 11 points, Alfs had 10, Kleinschmidt 7.
Moore lead Broncos with 11 points. Alyson Daniels poured in 6, both from downtown.
#3 seed BDS will play today against #7 seed Wynot who upset Humphrey Saint Francis 45-44 yesterday.
The game is set for 8:45 pm tonight from the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Catch in on 104.9 Max Country.
Listen to Thursday’s game here.