Kailynn Gubbels was the only Arlington girls basketball player to score during the first half of Saturday's home game against Fremont Bergan.
The junior's last bucket of the second quarter cut the Class D1 No. 5 Knights' lead to seven, but the Eagles' opposition answered with two buckets during the final minute before the break and went on to earn a 47-27 victory.
“We felt like it was a close game,” AHS senior Kylee Bruning said when asked about the Eagles' first-half performance. Coach Luke Brenn's team was in the game, but the two buckets that pushed Bergan's lead from 18-11 to 23-11 at the break hurt.
“Obviously, coach wasn't happy,” Bruning said. “But I feel like we got a little fired up in the locker room.”
The result was nine points by Arlington players not named Gubbels during the next 16 minutes of game time. The lead scorer finished with 18 points, while Bruning was second on the team with three. Keelianne Green, Kate Miller and Hailey Brenn added two each.
Lauren Baker, meanwhile, led the Knights with 15 as they knocked off their second Washington County team of the week to improve to 9-2. They'd also defeated Blair on Jan. 5.
The Eagles, meanwhile, dropped to 4-6 in defeat. Bruning, AHS' lone senior, said it'll continue to be important to encourage her team's youth during the second half of the season.
“We have a lot of young players,” she said. “We have a couple of freshman who are pretty important aspects of our team, so I think building their confidence and making sure they're OK with even holding the ball offensively — shooting the ball and making plays — would help us a lot.”