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Eagle girls fall just short of Mullen, get past SMC

If Brady could have eliminated just a few mental errors in the first half of the Eagles’ game at Mullen on Thursday, the slim margin may have gone Brady’s way.

“We played tremendous in the second half,” said coach Lance Arterburn. “We just made a few too many mistakes in the first half.”

The No. 7 state-ranked Broncos slipped away with a 57-55 victory.

Mullen led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and was up 33-28 at halftime.

In the last two minutes before the break, the Eagles committed five straight turnovers to give Mullen a seven-point edge but an acrobatic lay-up at the buzzer by Brady junior Courtney Widick left the margin at only five.

“We were down at least 11 in the first half and worked our way back in it,” Arterburn said. “The girls kept their composure throughout.”

At the end of three quarters, Mullen was up 44-41 and with 3:32 to go in the game, sophomore Brittney Christophersen hit a bucket to tie the score at 49-49.

It was back and forth from there.

At the 30-second mark, the score was knotted again at 55-55 on a jumper by Jessica Schrad.

“We definitely had our chances to win,” Arterburn said.

Mardee Sierks, a Mullen senior, sank a long two-point field goal as time ran out to give the Broncos the win and a 12-3 record.

“She made a great shot with a hand in her face,” Arterburn said. “It was a fun game. We hope to see them again in the conference tournament.”

Widick led Brady with 15 points while Schrad chipped in 13 and Maggie Burke added 12.

The Eagles got back on the winning track Friday night with a hard-fought 57-50 win over Stapleton-McPherson County.

“I think we had tired legs and tired bodies,” Arterburn said. “I was a little worried after

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