YORK, NE – Despite 11 points from junior forward Regan Alfs in the first half, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley found itself trailing East Butler 31-19 at halftime.
Alfs exploded for 25 more points after intermission to finish with a cooperative-record 36 points Thursday. That effort was enough to help BDS (13-4) erase a 12-point deficit and knock off East Butler, 61-52, in an overtime semifinal game of the Crossroads Conference girls’ basketball tournament at York City Auditorium.
The previous co-op record for points scored in a BDS girls’ basketball game was held by Alfs, who scored 30 in a season-opening 69-44 win at Hampton on Nov. 30., 2018 earlier this season.
BDS opened the third quarter on a 14-2 scoring run to briefly regain the lead before East Butler tied it back up, 38-38, heading into the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter alone. The fifth and final tie of the game came when East Butler freshman guard/forward Allie Rigatuso hit a jumper with nine seconds to go in regulation, tying the game at 52-52.
Thursday’s game featured 11 lead changes and five ties total.
The Tigers (10-9) looked lost offensively in overtime, missing their first three shots and getting outscored by BDS 9-0 in the final, four-minute OT period.
Rigatuso, and junior guard Amanda Aerts, each led East Butler with 15 points each. Junior Lexi Haney finished with 10.
East Butler’s dry spell in overtime was surprising, because the Tigers had shot well from distance all day Thursday. They hit seven three-pointers in the first half and finished with 10 as a team. BDS had only three made tripes – all of them in the first half.
The Eagles will now face No. 3 seed McCool Junction (10-6) on Friday evening at 6:30. The Mustangs beat the Cougars 47-33 on Thursday.
Friday’s CRC schedule
No. 1 BDS vs. No. 3 McCool Junction, 6:30 p.m. (NCN TV)
3rd place: No. 4 East Butler vs. No. 7 Cross County, 3 p.m.
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