Cold shooting spoils Lady Irish’s bid for MUDECAS repeat

Bruning-Davenport-Shickley capitalized on Falls City Sacred Heart’s shooting struggles last Thursday night during one of the A division semifinals at the MUDECAS girls basketball tournament and escaped with an upset victory, while also snapping a 14-game winning streak.

FCSH stumbled out of the gates, while the Lady Eagles took advantage and knocked down shots early  to pull off the 41-36 upset. BDS went on to claim the championship Friday night with a 44-38 victory over Sterling, while the top-ranked and now once-defeated Lady Irish responded with a 38-21 win over Wymore Southern in the third-place game.

“Give BDS credit,” FCSH Head Coach Luke Santo said. “They were the aggressor from the tip and they came out and made a lot of shots early.

The Lady Irish, now 13-1, fell behind by 12 at halftime, due in large part to four BDS three-pointers. FCSH finished just 2-for-11 from downtown and both came in the fourth quarter. Leading scorer Abby Magdanz, who entered the game averaging nearly 13 points per contest, was held to just four on 2-of-7 shooting.

“Abby got two early fouls, and with BDS making shots, our girls got a little rattle,” Santo said. “We have older girls this year, so we were disappointed it took us a whole half to settle down.

“In the grand scheme of things, the loss doesn’t change a lot though,” Santo added. “The girls bounced back nicely Friday, but that loss should serve as a reminder that you have to bring it every single night.”

Sophomore Maggie Goltz led FCSH with 15 points in the loss. Freshman Haylee Heits scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Scoring was balanced Friday against Southern, with Heits posting nine points, senior Ashli Jordan and junior Elizabeth Magdanz each scoring eight and Abby Magdanz with seven.

Abby Magdanz was named to the A Division All-Tournament team. Goltz and Jordan received Honorable Mention.

The Lady Irish travel to Rock Port (MO) this evening and then host Pawnee City Friday night at 6.

Scoring vs. Southern
Third-place game Friday
    SH – Jordan 8, A. Magdanz 7, Schock 2, E. Magdanz 8, Goltz 4, Heits9.
Scoring vs. BDS
Semifinal, Thursday
    SH – Jordan 4, A. Magdanz 4, E. Magdanz 5, Goltz 15, Heits 8.
Scoring vs. Diller-Odell
First Round, Monday
    SH – Bieker 2, Jordan 7, A. Magdanz 18, E. Magdanz 4, Goltz 10, Ward 2, Barnes 3, Hill 3, Heits 2.    

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