Southern Valley girls blast Broncos, thinking big at state

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Southern Valley junior Brecklyn Hammond
Steve Towery/McCook Gazette

OXFORD, Neb. — Southern Valley barely felt a speed bump on the way to another girls’ state basketball tournament Friday night.

The 25-1 Eagles zoomed in front, 19-5, through on quarter and really net let off their ignition during a 54-33 victory over Amherst.

Senior Ann Bose’s 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals powered the Eagles into Lincoln where they’ll meet No. 6 Elgin Public/Pope John (22-2).

Opening tip for this quarterfinal is 7:45 p.m. at the Devaney Center.

The Eagles are aiming to go beyond their first-round finish of last season.

“I like our trip other than the times we might play — 7:45 game turnaround 10:45 game (Friday semifinal) is going to be hard,” coach Richard McDonald remarked. “We are at the healthiest we have been for a long time. We were three power points from being the number two seed and close to the one seed.”

The Eagles’ only loss this season was to C-1 Top 10 Gothenburg.

“I think we can compete with all of them and I’m excited to see the girls play,” McDonald added.

Junior Brynn Baily added 12 points to Friday’s victory, making all three of her field goals besides 75% free-throw shooting (six for eight).

JuniorAdi Hunt motored to 11 points, sophomore Tori Bose eight and junior Vanessa Aguayo scored six which complete those S.V. starters.

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