Bruning-Davenport/Shickley began its quest to repeat as Crossroads Conference Tournament Champions against Giltner on January 21. The Eagles jumped out to a 9-2 lead after quarter one and would never trail in the game. At the break, the Eagles led 23-12.
The Lady Hornets would keep battling despite being down 12 points with 2:30 left in the third quarter. Giltner went on a 5-0 run to end the third quarter and cut the Eagle lead to seven at 30-23. BDS managed to build its lead back up to 11 with five minutes left in the game and held on for a seven-point win, 37-30, to advance to the semifinals.
“I was happy with how the girls were able to take care of the ball in the fourth quarter and didn’t have any turnovers in the quarter,” Eagle coach Shana Gerberding said.
The Eagles were led by Regan Alfs’ 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jadyn Kleinschmidt chipped in four points and had three steals. Macy Kamler scored five points.
The Eagles had a scare Thursday afternoon against upset-minded East Butler in the semifinal round of the CRC Tournament in York. The No. 4 seeded Tigers connected on 10 three-point field goals in the game with seven of those coming in the first half. The top-seeded Eagles found themselves trailing the Tigers 31-19 at halftime.
Alfs went a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the third quarter scoring 13 points. The Eagles scored 19 points in the third stanza (6-0 run to start the period) and were able to tie the score at 38 points apiece with one quarter left to play. Both teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter with the game ending in a stalemate at 52-52.
In the overtime period, the Eagles outscored the Tigers 9-0 on their way to a 61-52 victory and a spot in the Championship game Friday night against McCool Junction. Alfs led the Eagles with 36 points and 15 rebounds. Jadyn Kleinschmidt added 12 points and nine rebounds. Macy Kamler dished out eight assists and scored five points in the game. Taylor Sliva added four points and both Raegan Fiala and Kaylee Noel added a bucket.
BDS faced off against McCool Junction in the CRC Championship game Friday night in York. The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the early go, but the Mustangs responded, scoring five straight points to cut the Eagles lead to one. BDS seniors Jadyn Kleinschmidt and TaraLee Hudson combined for seven points to end the first quarter and to give the Eagles a 13-5 lead after one quarter of play.
The Mustangs scored back to back 3-point field goals to open up quarter two making the score 13-11 in favor of the Eagles. Junior Kaylee Noel gave the Eagles a spark off the bench scoring four straight points and helping her team secure a 22-15 lead at halftime.
The Eagles came out of halftime with an increased intensity of the defensive end of the floor, according to Gerberding. BDS held the Mustangs to just 2-for-17 shooting in the second half, only allowing four points. Alfs scored 12 of her game- high 20 points in the second half for the Eagles as they walked away with a 42-19 victory.
The Eagles are back-to- back CRC Champions and have won three out of the last four titles, finishing runner up in 2017 to the Hampton Hawks. With the win the Eagles improve to 14-4 on the season (No. 3 in wildcard points in Class D-2) and will next meet up with the Osceola Bulldogs.