Cowboys eliminate Brady in first round
Eagles shoot poorly at SHC.
ARTHUR—The Eagle boys know they can’t rely solely on their perimeter shots.
They also realize that making just 1-of-12 three-point attempts and shooting only 28% from the field isn’t going to give them an edge over many teams.
Brady coach Rich Britten expected to match up well with Cody-Kilgore in the first round of the Sandhills Conference Tournament on Jan. 26 after losing to the Cowboys by seven points early in the season.
“They’ve improved,” Britten said. “I thought we had too.”
But Cody-Kilgore had an answer for everything Brady tried.
“They were well prepared and well coached,” Britten said.
The Cowboys hammered the Eagles early and often to advance with a 57-29 victory.
Much of Brady’s struggle, he said, came from the ball simply not falling through the hoop.
“We really weren’t shooting well from anywhere on the floor,” Britten said.
The Eagles fell behind 14-7 after one period and trailed 24-11 at halftime.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the deficit was still huge at 34-17 but Britten said he and the boys hadn’t given up yet.
“We can usually do a good job of picking it up in the fourth quarter,” the coach said. “Instead, it really got worse.”
The Cowboys scored 23 points in the fourth period.
“Nothing was working,” Britten said.
None of the Eagles scored in double figures. Junior Kyle Pohlman led the way with seven points and Dalton Riedel pulled down six rebounds.
Cody-Kilgore finished second in the SHC tourney after a 61-53 loss to Sandhills-Thedford in the championship.
Now the Eagles regroup for the final four games of the season. Britten said looking at records alone, the next couple should give the 2-13 Eagles a golden opportunity to get some wins.
Brady traveled to Wallace (1-12) Tuesday night and will go to Hyannis (1-10) on Friday
“You have to remember, though, that those teams are looking at us in the same way, hoping for a win,” Britten said.