Brady girls hope defense takes them back to state
Want to go again.
Last year’s first-ever trip to the state tournament gave the Brady girls basketball team a taste of true success.
It was just a nibble, though, says first-year head coach Lance Arterburn.
“We know that’s the ultimate goal,” said Arterburn, who served as the girls assistant coach last year. “But we also know we’ve got a long ways to go to get there.”
And the Eagles don’t want to just get to state. They want to win at state.
“We want to get back to Lincoln and win a game or two and prove last year wasn’t just a fluke,” the coach said.
To win games, the Eagles are going to have to play intense defense.
“We know we’re not great shooters,” Arterburn said. “We will use our quickness and focus on defense to get break-away shots that are high percentage.”
Still, Arterburn said, the team is focusing on those intermediate shots 5 or 10 feet from the basket.
“We missed an awful lot of bunny shots last year,” he said. “We’re concentrating pretty heavily on those.”
Arterburn and new assistant Darcee Miller are also emphasizing the mental aspects of playing the whole game with no let-downs.
“Every second, every game,” Arterburn said. “We want to try and keep the same intensity all the way through.”
The Eagles will look for strong leadership from small but experienced junior and senior classes.
Juniors Megan Polt and Courtney Widick are returning starters who also received all-conference recognition last winter. They’re joined by transfer Maggie Burke who lettered as a sophomore at Maxwell last season.
Seniors Jessica Schrad and Amanada Lunkwitz add to the mix of experienced players with classmate Kaiti Black, who is out with an injury to start the season.
“Then we have a whole group of sophomores who played varsity last year and some freshmen who will step in and help out before the season is over,” Arterburn said.
The experience is there, the coach said, but so is the target.
Arterburn said the Eagles have already experienced opponents’ increased desire to beat them while playing in summer league and camps.
“It’s not going to be an easy road,” he said.
Arterburn expects Mullen and Stapleton/McPherson County to be tough in the Sandhills Conference with
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