The Bruning-Davenport-Shickley girls basketball team knocked off top-seeded Falls City Sacred Heart to claim a MUDECAS A Division championship.
BDS defeated the Irish 47-46 Saturday night at the Beatrice City Auditorium. It is BDS' first MUDECAS championship since 2014 when they won the A Division.
BDS coach Shana Gerberding said winning the MUDECAS Tournament is a big deal considering the tough competition.
"It's not an easy thing to do when you play Sacred Heart," Gerberding said. "Year in and year out, they are good and they make you earn everything. Tonight we had to dig deep, but the kids stepped us."
Gerberding said they were worried about rebounding going into the game, but said her team responded well.
"We were worried about giving up offensive rebounds, but we did a good job with that," Gerberding said. "We even got some offensive rebounds ourselves, which I was really happy with."
Sacred Heart held a slight lead for most of the game, but BDS was able to take a 45-44 lead when Regan Alfs scored with 1:07 left in the game.
Alfs then got a steal on the defensive end and came up with a big offensive rebound off a missed BDS free throw. That allowed Taylor Sliva to hit two free throws to extend the lead to 47-44.
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Sacred Heart's Erison Vonderschmidt scored a basket to make it 47-46 with 16 seconds left in the game.
The Irish fouled immediately and BDS missed a free throw, but the Eagles were able to track down the loose ball.
They missed two free throws. Sacred Heart took the ball down the floor, but their off-balanced shot at the buzzer missed the mark, making the final score 47-46.
Regan Alfs had several big plays during that last minute, which allowed BDS to get the win.
"She got a big offensive rebound," Gerberding said. "She's really good about getting a hand on the ball and tipping it back to herself. She gets a lot of rebounds that some kids don't get."
BDS was led by Regan Alfs' 12 points while Taylor Sliva had nine, Macy Kamler had eight, Rylee Haecker had six, Mariah Sliva had four, Bryn Kadel had three and Raegan Fiala had two.
Sacred Heart was led by Vonderschmidt's 22 points while Rachel Magdanz and DeLanie Witt had five each. Ella Simon and Olivia Eickhoff had four each. Danielle Bippes had three, McKenzie Witt had two and Jessica Wertenberger had one.
BDS improves to 10-3 on the season. Sacred Heart falls to 13-2 on the season.
Gerberding said their second half against Sterling in the semifinals is when they figured a few things out and they kept that going on Saturday.
"They played loose and just did what they had to do," Gerberding said. "Tonight, they came out with some confidence. It doesn't matter who we play on a particular night -- we have to come out with that same mentality. I think the girls now realize they can play with anybody and hopefully we can keep this going."