BDS rolls over outmatched Nebraska Lutheran
WILBER, NE – It took them a little while, but the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Eagles (19-4) pulled away down the stretch in a 65-35 win over Nebraska Lutheran (8-14) on Wednesday evening at Wilber-Clatonia High School in the Class D2-2 subdistrict semifinals.
The Knights, whose season came to an end Wednesday, matched BDS’ pace out of the chute, trailing only 14-10 through the first six minutes of the game.
The Eagles, who have now won 10 straight games, ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 21-10 after the first eight minutes.
Even then, Nebraska Lutheran hung around, trailing 33-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter, it was a different story. BDS hit its stride, outscored the Knights 22-8 in that frame and led 55-27 by the final period.
Junior forward Regan Alfs finished with a team-high 19 points. Sophomore guard Macy Kamler, who at one point missed six straight shots, had a smoother second half and ended up with 12 points.
Junior guard Raegan Fiala chipped in 10 points.
For the Knights, junior forward Amy Richert scored 21 of her team’s 35 points. Five other players had four or less points.
Nebraska Lutheran was simply outmatched on the floor. While the Knights’ tallest player is senior Lacey Davis (5’9″), the Eagles have four players who are 5’9″ or higher. BDS also has seven players back from a team that finished as state runner-up last season.
“Those same girls have a lot of experience last year in the state volleyball and basketball tournament,” BDS head coach Shana Gerberding said. “It kind of gives them an edge. They’re more relaxed, they’ve been there before. They keep their composure and their focus on what needs to be done.”
Exeter-Milligan survives shooting barrage from Dorchester
Dorchester (10-12) looked like the more high-flying team early on. The Longhorns knocked down seven threes in the first half. Yet, they still trailed 28-27 at the break.
While Exeter-Milligan (19-4) made half as many three-pointers as Dorchester, the Timberwolves’ defense and physicality in the lane was enough to push them to a 48-41 win in the D2-2 subdistrict semifinals at Wilber-Clatonia High School Wednesday.
The Longhorns made eight three-pointers in the game, with seven falling in the first half. Dorchester’s shooting went cold, and the Horns were unable to get to the rim against Exeter Milligan’s 2-3 zone defense.
Sophomore guard/forward Jacee Zoubek led Dorchester with 12 points – 9 of those 12 came from the three-point line. Sophomore guard Abigail Zoubek scored 11 point – 9 of those from three.
Junior forward/center Abigail Plouzek wound up with eight points and four blocked shots.
The Timberwolves made 15 two-point field goals Wednesday – Dorchester made only six. Exeter-Milligan also added four made three-pointers and a 6-of-12 effort from the free throw line to pad the victory.
Senior forward Kate Jansky was impressive as usual, finishing with a game-high 20 points. That marks the seventh time this season that she’s scored at least 20 in a game.
Senior forward Katherine White, who missed five games in January due to a hand injury, had her best performance since being back on the floor with 16 points and two blocked shots.
White returned in a home game against Hampton on Feb. 1. She scored 15 in her first game back on the floor since Jan. 11.
“Katherine, she brings a dimension to our team,” Exeter-Milligan coach Jackson Krejci said. “She can do a lot of things for us on both ends of the court. Her ability to create really helps with the other girls. Getting her back has really helped us.”
It has certainly helped. Exeter-Milligan was 2-3 without White. They’re 4-0 with her back in the fold.
These results set up what should be a highly entertaining D2-2 subdistrict final. No. 1 seed BDS and No. 2 seed Exeter-Milligan face off on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Wilber.
Pregame coverage starts at 6:40 on Ol’ Red 99.5.
BDS won the last meeting against Exeter-Milligan, 37-28, on Jan. 17 in Exeter. Worth noting – Katherine White did not play in that game.
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