GOTHENBURG — South Loup hopes the third time’s the charm.
The Lady Bobcats (12-10) used staunch defense to defeat Maywood-Hayes Center (11-10) 40-30 in a girls D1-11 Sub-District semifinal matchup on Tuesday in Gothenburg, setting up a date with No. 1-seeded Brady (15-7) in tomorrow’s sub-district title game.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams with Brady taking the first two by scores of 48-42 in overtime on Dec. 21 and 56-39 on Jan. 16.
South Loup head coach Abe Hinman knows a key to defeating Brady is slowing down the Eagles’ leading scorer and rebounder Tara Callahan.
Callahan, a 6-foot-2-inch junior forward, averages 19.5 points per game and 10.2
rebounds and scored a game-high 21 points against Maxwell in Brady’s 56-33 subdistrict semifinal win on Tuesday.
“Obviously, I think you have to key in on Tara, because Brady’s offense and defense goes through her,” Hinman said. “Offensively, we need to handle their pressure and on defense we need to play another solid game like [Tuesday] and try to make it a lower scoring game.”
On Tuesday, South Loup’s defense never let the Wolves get on track offensively, holding Maywood-Hayes Center to 30 points.
“Defense is kind of our calling card and something we really have emphasized all year,” Hinman said. “We’re not the best shooting team, so we lean on our defense and I thought we did a nice job of not letting [Maywood-Hayes Center] get comfortable on offense.”
Senior guard Haley Reed provided a boost for the Bobcat offense, netting a game-high 16 points after being sidelined with a leg injury.
“Haley has been hurt the last three games, so to see her come out in her first game back and have a big night was really to good see and also good for her confidence as well,” Hinman said. “We weren’t exactly sure how her leg would hold up, but I thought she looked good on both ends of the court.”
Kasey Clifford led the Wolves with 12 points, while Sydney Mullen-Shaw added 10.
Brady 56, Maxwell 33
Led by a game-high 21 points from junior center Tara Callahan, top seeded Brady ran away from Maxwell 56-33 in a girls D1-11 Sub-District semifinal matchup on Tuesday in Gothenburg.
Maxwell (7-18) didn’t let its season end quietly.
After falling behind 7-1, the Lady Wildcats mounted a rally, going on an 8-0 run to take a 9-7 lead midway through the first quarter.
However, Brady (15-7) finished the quarter on a 5-0 run of its own and never looked back, outscoring Maxwell 49-24 the remainder of the game.
In total, the Eagles had 10 players get in the scoring column, including senior Emilee Shaw with 10 points and sophomore Emery Swan who added eight.
Senior Ally Hazen led Maxwell in scoring with eight points, Katelyn Stryker had seven and Grace Sommer added six.
Brady advances to the D1-11 Sub-District final tomorrow night against South Loup (12-10) at 7 p.m. at Gothenburg High School.
The Eagles are 2-0 vs. the Bobcats this season.