Crane is one more rung on the ladder

It’s a long way to Crane, but the Brady Bulldogs are happy to make the trip as the state basketball playoffs begin Wednesday. By virtue of beating Junction in the final District 8 -2A game, the Dogs finished second in the league and will advance into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Coach Gary Jones, in his first season at Brady, is taking his team to Crane, the neutral site, for the bi-district game against third-place Van Horn, the third place finisher in District 7-2A. Reagan County won the championship for 7-2A, and Comfort took the 8-2A title, although Brady beat them twice. The Bobcats ended the regular season at 8-2, and Brady was 7-3. “We’ll be leaving here between 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday for Crane,”Jones said. He said there was no connection in playing the bi- district game at Crane, where Jones was coach of the Crane girls’ squad for three years before moving to Brady. “I had nothing to do with the game being in Crane,” Jones said Monday afternoon as his squad was gearing up for practice. He said that the Van Horn Eagles had two guards “that we have to control. If we do that, we will have a chance to win.” The Bulldogs are all heathy and ready for the game. “And, yes, we have to be in school on Thursday,” the Brady coach said.

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