Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Boys season ends in district final

WALLACE—It simply wasn’t meant to be for the Brady boys.

After losing to Wauneta-Palisade twice during the regular season, the Eagles had high hopes for the third time at the D1-5 district final in Wallace on March 1.

“We hoped for a different night,” said Eagle coach Rich Britten. “We certainly planned things differently but on that night it was not going to happen for us.”

The Eagles fell behind early and never recovered as the Broncos earned a ticket to the state tournament with a 60-42 victory.

“We made a lot of mistakes in the first quarter,” Britten said, “and still we just kept hanging around.”

But the mistakes just kept coming and Wauneta-Palisade continued to capitalize with lay-up after lay-up.

The Broncos led 18-10 after one quarter and carried a 35-22 advantage into halftime.

“They came out with such a fast start that we were playing catch-up from the beginning,” Britten said. “And we’ve been able to break any press all year long until that night. By this time of the year, we should have been able to handle the pressure.”

The Broncos never let up defensively and cruised to the finish, dashing Brady’s hopes of a state berth.

Junior Tyler Egenberger led the Eagles with 17 points including three three-pointers. Sawyer Burke pulled down eight rebounds.

“Of course we had ideas and dreams of something bigger,” Britten said. “But you have to look at how far we’ve come.”

The Eagles end the year with a 12-12 record, the most wins since the 1998-99 season.

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