LINCOLN – The state tournament started on a last second win for the BDS girls basketball team and the tournament would end on a last second victory for the Eagles as they beat Sterling, 36-34 Saturday afternoon.
BDS sophomore, Bryn Kadel scored only two points the entire day and they would prove to be the most important. Her layup just before the final buzzer gave the Eagles their first third place trophy in school history.
It was a fast start for the Eagles, opening up a 6-0 lead, before Sterling responded with six straight points. Both teams would trade punches the entire first half with a majority of the points coming inside the paint. Post players, Colby Thies and Regan Alfs combined for 21 points in the paint. The Jets would take a one point lead into the second half and would only relinquish their lead twice in the entire second half. However, the Eagle defense stepped up and would hold Sterling to 14 second half points. After both teams missed open shots with the game winding down, BDS would have one final shot with the game tied and five seconds to play. The Eagles would have to go the length of the floor and successfully navigated down the court on only one dribble where Kadel put in the game winning shot.
Thies finished with a game high 20 points for Sterling, but didn’t have much help on the offensive end. The next highest scorers were Malayna Wingert and Morgan Haner, each scoring four points. The Jets would turn the ball over 14 times and went 9-14 from the charity stripe. BDS was led by Alfs’ 11 points. She scored 41 points throughout the three games in Lincoln. Macy Kamler chipped in eight points as she scored a total of 28 points in the tournament. Jadyn Kleinschmidt contributed six in the winning effort. The Eagles had 12 turnovers and went 4-12 from the free throw line.
Sterling finishes in fourth place and ends the year with a 22-7 overall record. BDS finishes with a 23-5 record.
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