BRADY — After high schools have taken a five-day moratorium from all activities, Brady Public schools hosted the Brady Holiday Basketball Tournament that began on Friday. Crawford, Wauneta-Palisade and Anselmo-Merna traveled to Brady for their final games of 2012.
The Crawford girls defeated Anselmo-Merna in the opening game of the tournament 52-32, and the Anselmo-Merna boys downed Crawford 41-26. The Brady Lady Eagles outscored Wauneta-Palisade 60-44 in the third game of the day and the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos ended the evening with a 59-43 win over Brady.
It was no surprise to Lady Eagles coach Lance Arterburn the direction his team took in winning their eighth game of the season against just one loss. Brady trailed 9-8 with 2 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter when the Lady Eagles went on their first of two first-half runs.
Josie Palmer began the run with a put-back of an offensive board. Valerie Most scored a couple baskets and Brittney Christophersen ended the opening quarter with a bucket after a Brady steal. When Madison Elliott scored to open the second quarter, the Lady Eagles concluded a 10-point run to lead 18-9.
“That’s what this team does,” Arterburn said. “They make some nice runs at times.
“When I looked at the last game with [Wauneta-Palisade] we did some things that got us those runs and we continued those.”
The Lady Broncos closed the gap to just five on back-to-back buckets by Tailor Lee and Abbie Fanning before Brady started their second run of the half. The Lady Eagles put together a 13-3 run and led 33-17 at the 1:16 mark and would eventually take a 35-21 lead into halftime.
Palmer hit in the paint and then drove to the basket to kick-start the run, but it was Dakota Terry scoring seven during the span.
“That was the game,” Arterburn said. “We did some really good things that quarter. We ran some set plays and they did a great job of running those.
“One thing about [Wauneta-Palisade] is they won’t quit. They keep coming back at you. We’ve played them twice now and we could see them later on. They do a nice job and we were fortunate to get a win tonight.”
Brady continually crashed the boards, taking a decided advantage in the offensive rebounding. Wauneta-Palisade coach Betsy Johanson said, “They had a big advantage in the rebounding. That was the difference in the game. We couldn’t keep them off the offensive boards.”
Brady outscored the Lady Broncos 11-6 in the third quarter but Wauneta-Palisade held a 17-14 advantage in the fourth.
“The first half I thought we played pretty well,” Arterburn said. “We still haven’t learned not to reach yet and that we need to move our feet better on defense. I thought we moved the ball well, scoring 35 points in a half.
“But the second half we looked a little sluggish, a little flat. We didn’t move the ball as well. We continued to foul. I don’t think we played good defense the second half either.”
Wauneta-Palisade will play Anselmo-Merna in the consolation game at 1 p.m. today and Brady will take on Crawford at 4:30 p.m. for the tournament title.
Brady (8-1).........................16 19 11 14 — 60
Wauneta-Palisade (4-4) .............................9 12 6 17 — 44
Brady stats: (2 pt, 3 pt, ft, pts) Valerie Most 3, 0, 0/0, 6; Brittney Christophersen 3, 0, 2/2, 8; Madison Elliott 7, 0, 2/3, 16; Dakota Terry 3, 0, 2/3, 8; Carissa Rayburn 1, 0, 0/0, 2; Josie Palmer 9, 0, 0/0, 18.
Wauneta-Palisade stats: Emma Skelton 2, 0, 0/0, 4; Sydnee Harchelroad 2, 0, 1/3, 5; Abbie Fanning 3, 1, 6/13, 15; Tailor Lee 2, 0/ 2/4, 6; Cassidy Rathe 2, 0, 1/2, 5; Brooklyn Nordhausen 3, 0, 0/0, 6; Brianna Enspahr 1, 0, 1/2, 3.
Coyotes down Rams
Anselmo-Merna held Crawford to single-digit scoring in each of the four quarters on Friday enabling them to take the 41-26 win and a berth in the Brady Holiday Tournament finals today.
It was a low scoring first quarter as each team struggled to find the basket. Ryan Halouska helped the Coyotes take a 7-6 lead off an offensive rebound, but Crawford’s Taylor Osmotherly hit from behind the arc with just two seconds to go to put the Rams up 9-7 at the break.
Osmotherly hit all nine points for the Rams in the opening quarter, and led Crawford with a game-high 16 points in the first-round contest.
“You could tell both teams have been on a six-day break,” said the Coyotes head coach Brent Myers. “It’s never easy to stay on your pace when you’ve had six days off and one day of practice before your game.”
The Rams and Coyotes traded baskets in the second quarter with neither team able to gain a distinct advantage. Anselmo-Merna took a 20-13 lead with 1:05 left in the half on a steal and lay-up by Trey Gilligan, but 4-for-4 free throw shooting by Colton Micheel and Colten Motz closed the gap to 20-17 as the teams left the court at half.
The difference in the game would come in the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Coyotes went on a 10-point run to gain a 30-17 lead and the Rams could never get closer than six the rest of the way.
Troy Gilligan started the run when he scored after a Coyotes steal and Kylen Thompson ended it by scoring after another steal. Crawford got within 30-22 at the end of the third quarter and within six at 30-24 to begin the fourth, but the Coyotes scored 12 of the final 14 points for the win.
“We have a tendency to start slow and finish strong,” said Myers. “It will be nice when we get consistent four-quarter games with the consistency part.
“Our decisions are alright. But we need to attack instead of waiting for the game to come to us.”
Nine Coyotes scored in the game with Ryan Halouska leading the way with 11 and Trent Geiser with nine. Only four Rams found the scoring column.
“We’re very balanced,” Myers said. “I don’t think we’ve had two games all year that the same kid has led us in scoring. We always have someone step up and have a good game. It’s hard to prepare for one kid for us because you never know who it’s going to be.”
Crawford plays Brady in the consolation game at 2:45 p.m. today and Anselmo-Merna will meet up with Wauneta-Palisade in the championship finals at 6:15 p.m.
Anselmo-Merna (3-4)........................7 13 10 11 — 41
Crawford (4-4)...........................9 8 5 4 — 26
A-M stats: (2 pt, 3 pt, ft, pts) Trent Geiser 2, 1, 2/2, 9; Dustin Chandler 1, 0, 0/0, 2; Ryan Halouska 4, 0, 3/6, 11; Kylen Thompson 2, 0, 0/0, 4; Troy Gilligan 1, 0, 2/2, 4; Shaun Christen 1, 0, 0/0, 2; Trey Gilligan 2, 0/ 0/0, 4; Tyler McGown 0, 1, 0/0, 3; Trevor Schipporeit 1, 0, 0/0, 2.
Crawford stats: Colten Motz 1, 0, 2/2, 4; Colton Micheel 0, 0, 4/6, 4; Taylor Osmotherly 5, 1, 3/4, 16; Clayton Serres 1, 0, 0/0, 2.