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Cardinals' historic run fueled by harmony
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BRODHEAD - No coach in his right mind would wish for a high school roster with no seniors, but it's working out pretty well for Brad Pickett.The Brodhead girls basketball coach doesn't have that fourth-year player or two every coach loves to lean on in the pressure situations, but Pickett isn't complaining.Not in the least.That's because juniors Mariah Ahrens, Taylor Douglas and Amanda Pickel - all three-year varsity players - have combined to will the Cardinals to a place the program has never been before: the Division 3 sectional semifinals.As the No. 2 seed, Brodhead (21-3) will step on the floor Thursday night at Fort Atkinson High School as an underdog against top-seeded East Troy (22-2), which beat the Cardinals 62-55 during the regular season.Pickett isn't making any predictions on the game's outcome. But he is quite certain that his triumvirate of junior leaders will not let the Cardinals succumb to the mounting postseason pressure.

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