Lady Bruins eliminated from district tourney by MCS

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Photo courtesy of Dan Chesnet

Gardiner’s Josie Thomas, left, and Alexis McDonald, center, battle Manhattan Christian’s Eliana Kuperus for a rebound Monday night.

The Gardiner Lady Bruins’ season came to an end on Monday night in a 59-30 loss to the Manhattan Christian Eagles. 

Gardiner struggled to find any rhythm on offense throughout the game. The Eagles, however, found their stride early and jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter. 

The Eagles built on their lead early in the second, scoring the first six points of the quarter to push their lead to 23-7. Then the Lady Bruins made a push down the stretch to pull closer before the half. 

Bailey Fuhrmann got things started with back-to-back scores and Sophia Darr capped the second quarter with a 3-pointer to pull within 12, 29-17, at halftime. 

Out of the locker room in the second half, the Lady Bruins struggled again offensively, while the Eagles kept scoring at a consistent pace. Manhattan Christian outscored Gardiner 18-6 in the fourth quarter to cap off a 30-13 second half run and seal the 59-30 win. 

Darr and Josie Thomas led the Lady Bruins with seven points each. Kyndra Long and Alexis McDonald each scored six points. 

The loss marks the end of a season which saw the Lady Bruins improve at every step of the way. 

Gardiner loses two starters to graduation, Fuhrmann and Long, but has plenty of young players returning. This includes Darr, Thomas and McDonald, who consistently contributed on both sides of the ball for the Bruins this season. 

Gardiner head coach Schalene Darr said the future is bright for the Lady Bruins.

“We will miss our seniors,” Coach Darr said. “Although we have a great core of young ladies and a great crop of young ladies coming up.”

Coach Darr said she is proud of the team’s improvement this season. 

“We had a great season,” she said. “The girls worked hard, learned a lot and were peaking at the right time.” 

The Lady Bruins also completed this season without conflict between the team members, making her job easier, coach Darr said. 

“It’s a special group of girls,” she said. “When you don’t have drama and can have buy-in to the system, it’s so rewarding.”

The Lady Bruins finished the season in third place in the 11C district in both the regular season and the postseason.