Lady Tigers advance to District Final for first time since ‘98

The Falls City High Lady Tiger Basketball Team is just one win away from the school’s second trip to the Girls’ State Basketball Tournament, as the FC girls won the Class C1-1 Subdistrict Tournament last week at Adams.

Tuesday, FC handled Conestoga 41-25, then Thursday, despite only scoring one field goal in the second half and four two-pointers all night, posted a 36-26 victory over rival Auburn in the sub final. In that one, early three-pointers from Alyssa Frederick, Molly Brown and Bailey Armbruster helped FC jump out to an early 14-5 lead that proved to be about all they needed. The Tigers entered halftime up 25-12 and ran clock almost the entire second half. 

When the Bulldogs forced the issue, FC made its free throws, effectively clinching the win. Senior Syd Armbruster was an outstanding 10-of-14 from the stripe and scored a team-high 13 points to go with six rebounds. Frederick hit a pair of threes and scored 11, to go with nine team-high rebounds. As a team, FC made 16-of-29 freebies.“Our girls played well,” fifth-year FCHS Head Coach Max Milam said. “Auburn didn’t get any easy hoops and we shot well early and jumped out on them. They stayed in that zone, which allowed us to take our time and run clock, which was OK.

“It was a great win – our girls were pretty pumped; we were on the floor a long time afterwards – they were excited,” Milam said. 

Rightfully so, as the FC girls last qualified for a District Final in 1998 and the school has made just one trip to state, back in 1997.

To make it back, FC must get past 17-5 Omaha Concordia at 7 p.m. Friday at Nebraska City High School. Concordia 

“We’re heading in the right direction, Milam said. “We’re getting more people involved and we’re getting tougher. We have some young girls who I think are starting to figure out what it takes to win.” 

That might mean taking Sydney Armbruster’s lead. She came up big all week, scoring 17 with 12 rebounds in Tuesday’s win over Conestoga. 

“She was huge on the boards and just had a great tournament,” Milam said. 

Concordia opened the year with 11 straight wins and took an undefeated record into the third week of January. Since then, though, the Mustangs are 6-5 and they needed overtime to beat 14-12 Louisville by two last Thursday.

“We’ll try to get out and push the ball,” Milam said. “Not many teams are as fast as we are.”

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