BDS Enters Subs 21-2; No. 1 D-1

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:42
Written by thenebraskasigna

On Tuesday, February 6, the Meridian Lady Mustangs battled the weather and made the trip to Davenport to take on the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley.  The Lady Eagles got off to a fast start in the game and took an 11-0 lead before Meridian would be able to get on the scoreboard.  By the end of the first quarter the Eagles built an 18-5 lead.  
Meridian would fight back and cut the lead to  seven by half, 30-23.   In the first possession of the third quarter, BDS senior Carley Elznic hit a 3-pointer to get the team going.  Elznic went on to hit two more treys in the quarter.  The Eagles outscored the Mustangs in the third period, 26-6, and outscored the Mustangs 42-17 in the second half of the game.
"This was such a fun team game to watch... 24 assists on the night," an excited Eagle head coach Shana Gerberding said.  "Lexi Kadel dished out 11 of those 24 assists on the night and Carley also had six assists.  Everyone did a great job of making the extra pass to their teammates."
The Eagles were able to out rebound the Mustangs 54-38.  Regan Alfs pulled down 10, Elznic and Megan Grote each grabbed 8.  Leading scorers on the night was Alfs with 23 on 10-for-11 shooting.  Elznic had 17 and Grote 9, respectively.
The last regular season game of  2017-2018 matched the BDS with High Plains. The Storm came out and were ready to play but BDS was able to build a seven-point lead by the end of one quarter of play.  The second quarter would be very similar with the Eagles never able to really pull away in the game.  At the half BDS led 27-17.
"At half, we just talked about our defense and we wanted to come out in the second half and take it to them," Gerberding said.
The Eagles did just that and put up 21 points in the third quarter and held High Plains to just three.  The home team outscored High Plains 34-4 in the final two quarters of the game.
"We need to keep coming out energized and determined in the second half like we have lately in future games," Gerberding noted.
Leading the Eagles in scoring was Macy Kamler with 14, Elznic chipped in 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and 5 steals on the night, Kadel knocked down 9 points, dished out 7 assists, and 4 steals as well, Jadyn Kleinschmidt also had 5 assists on the night.  With the 61-21 win over High Plains the Eagles improve to 21-2 and are CRC Regular Season Champions going undefeated in the Conference.
This game would also be the last home game for six seniors on the BDS squad.  Seniors include Kim Ardissono, Elznic, Grote, Kadel, Skyler Knigge and Nicole Swartzendruber.  This group of seniors has a four-year record of 72-23 (76-percent wins and the first 20-win season in BDS history).  
This group is more than the wins/losses, Gerberding said.  They work very hard at everything that is asked of them and are very coachable individuals.  The best characteristic that the six seniors epitomize is their unselfishness.  They believe in “Team before Self.” This shows up on the court when they play how they are so willing to make the extra pass to a teammate instead of taking the shot themselves and how excited, encouraging they are when not in the game of their teammates.
BDS began D1-2 Sub-district play on Tuesday against Lawrence/Nelson.  A rematch with Meridian seems likely on Thursday in the sub-final at Sandy Creek.  Johnson-Brock (13-8) is the only team with a winning record on the other side of the District bracket.  The Eagles enter postseason play No. 1 in wildcard points in Class D-1.
"Our mental focus and toughness will get tested by each opponent but I know our tough schedule will have the girls prepared for whatever any opponent throws at them," Gerberding said.