Scottsbluff girls press out win over Gering
     2011-01-13      By Terry Gaston   
Gering and Scottsbluff scratched and clawed their way through a hard-fought first half Tuesday night in their girls’ basketball contest at the Gering High School gymnasium.

In the second half, the visiting Bearcats rode their tough trap pressure defense, wearing down Gering on their way to a 52-36 victory.
“The first half was a battle, and in the second half we were able to do some things pressure-wise and get some easy buckets,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Burda said.
“We finally put together four full quarters and we’ve been searching for that.”

Scottsbluff (9-3) bolted to a 9-4 lead, only to have the Bulldogs (4-7) rally and take an 11-10 lead.
Senior Hattie Guzman scored nine of her team-high 17 points in the first period and gave the Bearcats a 15-13 lead after one quarter on a late three-point play.

Gering rode six points from senior Jordan Plummer to a 21-17 lead in the first three minutes of the second quarter.
Scottsbluff finished the first half with a 13-5 run, seven scored by senior Makayla Westphal, and led 30-26 at halftime.
“We had a really great first half; our effort was tremendous,” Gering coach Adam Freeburg said. “In the third quarter, their athleticism got to us. They’ve got a lot of experience over there.”

In that third period, the Bulldogs were still within four before the Bearcats started pulling away. Scottsbluff built a 44-34 lead heading into the final eight minutes. Guzman scored five in the quarter and senior Gillian Harkins had her first four points of the night during the third-stanza rally.
“Their pressure finally got to us,” Freeburg said. “They do a good job in their half-court trap, and I think it just got to us.”

Scottsbluff junior Maddie Holscher gave the Bearcats their largest lead at game’s end with two final-minute free throws.
Westphal followed Guzman in scoring for Scottsbluff with 14 points, while no one for Gering scored more than six other than Plummer’s 18 game-high points.

“Offensively, we take pride in that we have a lot of weapons,” Burda said of his team’s shared scoring success. “So if someone is struggling, we know someone else will step up.”

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