BEATRICE - After a slow start, No. 3 seed Bruning-Davenport/Shickley (8-3) relied on solid defense and clutch shots down the stretch to down No. 6 seed Meridian, 60-41, in the first round of the MUDECAS A Division bracket on Monday afternoon at the Beatrice Municipal Auditorium.

BDS, who won its fourth straight game, led only 11-8 at the end of the first quarter before leading 27-15 at halftime. The Eagles rode that momentum the rest of the way - BDS never led by fewer than 12 points for the final two quarters.

Senior Regan Alfs, who eclipsed 1,000 career points against Nebraska Lutheran last week, led her team in scoring Monday with 16 points. BDS finished with four players in double figures. Junior Macy Kamler dropped in 13, senior Rylee Haecker had 11 and sophomore Taylor Sliva finished with 10.

Meridian (8-4), who had a four-game winning streak come to an end, was led in scoring by senior Josiee Sobotka. She finished with a game-high 19 points. Fellow senior and Doane volleyball commit Halle Pribyl scored 14, but no other Mustang scored more than four.

Meridian was also plagued by turnovers throughout. They committed 22. BDS had 18 giveaways. Free throws were also a struggle for the Mustangs. They shot 7-of-17 at the foul line. BDS was 14-of-25.

Sterling vs. Johnson-Brock

No. 2 seed Sterling jumped out to a 9-2 lead over No. 7 seed Johnson-Brock, and continued to lead for the vast majority of the game.

That is, until, the Eagles grabbed a 35-33 lead with 4:26 to play. The Jets (10-2), who are the defending MUDECAS A Division champs, weathered the run, got the lead back and held on for a 41-35 win against Johnson-Brock on Monday at the Municipal Auditorium.

The Jets, ranked No. 6 in Class D2 by News Channel Nebraska, won their eighth straight game and will now face BDS (8-3) on Thursday afternoon in the semifinal round of the MUDECAS A Division at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Freshman Macy Richardson, who’s averaging nearly 11 points per game in her first year, led Sterling with a game-high 15 points, including an impressive 5-of-6 effort at the free throw line. Senior Colby Theis, a returning starter from a Jets team that finished fourth at state in 2019, ended up with 11 points.

Junior Jordan Koehler led Johnson-Brock with 11 points, though she only scored two in the second half. Senior Haley Sandfort had 9 points on three made 3-pointers.

Sterling’s ability to get to the foul line ended up being a key difference. The Jets shot 11-of-18 at the stripe - Johnson-Brock was 4-of-5.

The Eagles (7-5) will meet Meridian in a consolation game at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Truman Center on the SCC Campus in Beatrice.

Freeman vs. Falls City Sacred Heart

No. 1 seed Falls City Sacred Heart (12-1) took care of business and defeated No. 8 seed Freeman, 45-30 Monday evening. 

The Irish, ranked No. 2 in Class D2, were led in scoring by sophomore Erison Vonderschmidt, who had 20 points. Junior Addison Dorn led Freeman (5-6) with 16 points. Junior Brylie Hartwig had 10.

Sacred Heart led by only two at halftime, 19-17, before pulling away late.

Diller-Odell vs. Exeter-Milligan

Sacred Heart’s opponent on Thursday will be No. 5 seed Diller-Odell.

The Griffins (9-2) defeated No. 4 seed Exeter-Milligan, 50-40, in the final game of the day Monday night.

The Griffins, who are 5-1 in their last six games, were led in scoring by junior Addison Heidemann, who poured in 17 points. Her sister, Karli, had a season-high 13.

Diller-Odell, ranked No. 7 in Class D1, ended the first half on a 9-2 run to grab a 25-17 lead at halftime, and the Griffins never lost the lead after that.

Senior Anna Sluka led Exeter-Milligan (9-4) with 14 points. Junior Jaiden Papik had 10.

Diller-Odell and Sacred Heart will meet on Thursday at 5 p.m. 

Freeman and Exeter-Milligan meet in consolation action on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at SCC.

B Division scores from Monday

(2) HTRS 53 (7) Palmyra 34

(3) Johnson County Central 52 (6) Tri County 17

Thursday: JCC vs. HTRS, 3:30 p.m. - Truman Center at SCC.

Friday consolation: Tri County vs. Palmyra. 5 p.m. - Truman Center at SCC.

(1) Southern 60 (8) Parkview Christian 20

(5) Pawnee City 34 (4) Lewiston 21

Thursday: Pawnee City vs. Southern. 5 p.m. - Truman Center at SCC

Friday consolation: Lewiston vs. Parkview Christian. 3:30 p.m. - Truman Center at SCC

See the updated girls' bracket below: