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November 19, 2013

Home away from home for EBF at state

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“I think coming up here the night before was the biggest key,” Genskow said. “Coming up here allowed us to see how things went on up here.”

Once again on Wednesday, there was noise echoing all throughout the U.S. Cellular Center with fans from four different teams packing in to pull for the final four 3A teams to take the floor at state before the first four 2A teams took center stage. All told, there was plenty of noise from the student sections that cheered on Union, Nevada, Carroll Kuemper and Red Oak before Hinton, Sumner-Fredericksburg and Council Bluffs. St. Albert fans joined the EBF contingent in the opening two session of matches.

But whether it was warming up in an open conference room during the 3A matches or prepping for the encounter with St. Albert out on Court 1 at the U.S. Cellular Center, nothing seemed to faze EBF. The Rockets looked like they were back home playing in its home gymnasium against the Saints, getting off to strong starts in each of the four games they played on Wednesday.

If not for a season-extending comeback in game three, EBF would have used strong starts in each game to pave the way to a state tournament sweep.

“I think it’s important for them, just mentally, so be able to have that tone set early in each game,” Genskow said. “Even though they do seem to play well under pressure, as long as they can get the ball to who they need to, it helps them play the game that’s gotten us to this point.

“We served aggressive. We passed the ball well and really did a great job digging the ball. It just seemed like they played without any nerves and I think making that walkthrough made all the difference in the world for our girls.”

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