Eagle Girls CRC Runners-up

After beating High Plains to start the CRC Tournament, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley took on the Dorchester Lady Longhorns on Tuesday, January 24.  The Eagles had control of the game from the tip off and shot well in the contest.
“Our press got us going and forced Dorchester into turning the ball over,” BDS head coach Shana Gerberding said.
The Eagles took a 32-14 lead into halftime and never looked back.  Regan Alfs    scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half.  
“We had the advantage inside and our posts did a good job of getting position so the guards could get them the ball,” Gerberding said.
Lexi Kadel also scored a dozen points against Dorchester and Carley Elznic added nine.  Jadyn Kleinschmidt scored eight points and Megan Grote put in seven.
In the first CRC girls’ semi- final game with top-seed Exeter-Milligan, the Eagles squeaked by 30-26.  This was the third time the Eagles and Timberwolves met in January with each team getting a win.
The Eagles jumped out to an 8-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter but then struggled the next three quarters to get into any kind of offensive rhythm.
“Offense by either team was very hard to come by,” Gerberding said.
E-M pulled within two points by the end of the third quarter scoring 11, while holding BDS to just six points. Eagle foul trouble kept the door open for E-M on the free throw line.  Carley Elznic’s 3-pointer late in the fourth and a pair of free throws by Lexi Kadel held off the 13-5 Timberwolves.
Elznic scored 10 points in the win.  Kadel netted eight points.  Kleinschmidt added four points and Alfs and Nicole Swartzendruber both scored three.  Grote added a bucket.
With the win over the No. 1 seed Exeter-Milligan, the Eagles played in the CRC Championship game for the second year in a row against the Hampton Lady Hawks.  
“Our press caused Hampton to turn the ball over in the first quarter for seven turnovers,” Gerberding said. “Although we couldn’t capitalize on all those turnovers like we would’ve liked to.  In a game like this,    every possession is so important, you can’t afford to lose your focus because a good team like Hampton will make you pay.”
Hampton, 16-2 in Class D-2, led at the break in York 22-19.
Offensively, the Eagles struggled shooting just 26 percent inside the arc.
“Our defense kept us in the game and we had our chances throughout the game,” Gerberding said. “The CRC is a very tough conference to play in and getting runner-up in the conference tournament is nothing to hang your head about. “
With the 54-48 loss, the Eagles are 12-5 on the season and look to rebound on Tuesday, January 31 when they travel to Osceola.
Grote scored 13 points against the Hawks and Kadel put in 11.  Elznic netted eight points and Swartzendruber had six.  TaraLee Hudson and Kleinschmidt both had four.   

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