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Second In D-1; Eagles D-2 This Season

The Bruning-Davenport/Shickley basketball squad will surely look to build on the Eagle girls' volleyball State championship and look to place their own trophy in the case this season.  Top 5-rated BDS opened its 2018-2019 campaign with a 69-44 victory over outmanned Hampton.  The Eagles second game with East Butler was postponed due to the nasty weather in the area this past weekend.
BDS (26-3) was State Runners-up a season ago in Class D-1 after falling convincingly to North Central in the finals in Lincoln.
BDS has a busy weekend ahead with Dorchester at home in Bruning on Friday night and Lawrence/Nelson at home in Davenport on Saturday.
Seniors Jadyn Kleinschmidt and TaraLee Hudson averaged five and 3.2 points per game a season ago.  Kleinschmidt also dished out 2.4 assists a contest.  Post Regan Alfs tossed in 8.5 points and snagged 5.9 rebounds a season ago. Freshman Macy Kamler exploded on the scene with 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds a game last year.
"I see our competitiveness, experience.  Drive to win, helping us," said head coach Shana Gerberding in her preview. "This is a very athletic group of girls who have been very successful in all sports and want to keep being successful."
Gerberding notes her teams offensive output and ball handling will be key, as the Eagles graduated three of their main scorers and all of its ball handlers.
"We need to establish our depth and will look to and may rely on underclassmen to play the speed and style we like to play," Gerberding said.
Expected to take up this role are Raegan Fiala, Kaylee Noel, Jordan Bolte and Bryn Kadel.  Gerberding said she could also see several freshmen being in the mix as the season progresses.
Falling down to Class D-2 this season, the 1-0 Eagles will play with Dorchester, Exeter-Milligan, Nebraska Lutheran and Osceola in the D2-2 Sub-district on February 11-14.
"Our expectations are always the same, even though we lost some key players last year, we have a group of experienced returners that will lead the way for this year's team," Gerberding said.  "We may have a different look, but our goal is always the same.  I think we’ll be a tough match-up for people with our size and speed.  We’ll need a lot of production from our bench this year and I expect some underclassmen to step up and play some key minutes for us this season."