Bulldog basketball: win some, lose some
     2012-12-13      By Philip Eckerberg, Special to the Citizen   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen
Gering sophomore Megan Upp shoots for two as teammates junior Danyele Ysac (No. 52) and senior Santanna Mitchell (No. 30) and Mitchell senior Chalsey Grentz eye the play.
 
Gering boys and girls basketball teams saw plenty of action last week. First on Thursday the Gering Bulldogs faced stiff competition from the Mitchell Tigers with a 51-48 loss for Gering . Gering girls faired better, defeating Mitchell 48-41. On Friday it was the battle of the Bulldogs as both teams took on Alliance. The Gering girls beat Alliance 44-43 in double overtime, with the Gering boys defeating Alliance 56-43.

The first quarter of the Gering/Mitchell girl’s game was heavily defensive as the first quarter score was 5-2 Gering. Gering girls got into the groove for the second quarter outscoring Mitchell 18-13 to end the half 23-15. The Tigers struck back in the third, posting 12 points to Gering’s 8, ending the third quarter with Gering leading 31-27. Mitchell opened the fourth with a basket and a free throw to pull within 1 point; however, Gering shot back and ended the game 48-41.

Gering girls’coach Adam Freeburg said that after Gering had a 10 point lead reduced to one point it was gut check time. Freeburg said that his team, especially the seniors, put their foot down and stopped the Mitchell run. Freeburg complimented the Mitchell team, saying that they are scrappy and that they are going to win a bunch of ballgames this year. Freeburg said his team stepped up and made the baskets and free throws when they needed to.

Individual scores
Gering: Megan Upp 14 - Santana Mitchell 11 - Katie O’Boyle 7 - Alexa Anderson 6 - Jessica Rogers 6 - Nicole Michael 2 - Kaylee Spreier 2 - Allie Vacha.

Mitchell: Chalsey Grentz 16 - Aspen Reifschneider 9 - Havannah Newens 7 - Taylor Peters 7 - McKenna Zulkoski 2.Gering boys did not fare as well against Mitchell as they faced two tough competitors in Adam Schlotthauer and Bo McVay. Gering trailed just behind Mitchell the majority of the game ending the first quarter 10-7 Mitchell, and the first half 21-19 Mitchell. The game was not without some interesting plays as Bo McVay went up for a layup and when he got to the top he no longer had the ball. Gering’s Zac Bibb performed a sleight of hand and was headed down court with the ball in one of the slickest steals of the night. The fourth quarter would see Bibb tie the game at 44 with a slam dunk, a rare occurrence in high school basketball. Mitchell fired back with four unanswered points and Gering responded with four of their own to tie again at 48. The Tigers got the ball back with 8 seconds left and Schlotthauer managed to sink a 3 point basket with just a few seconds left on the clock. It was Mitchell’s first win of the year. Individual scores

Gering: Zac Bibb 19 - Gage Winkler 9 - Austin Ferguson 8 - Taylor Nelson 5 - Walker Britsch 3 - Christian Groskopf 2- Grant Olsson 2 - Joses Palomo 2. Mitchell: Adam Schlotthauer 18 - Bo McVay 18 - Jamie Fegler 8 - Zach Pieper 4 - Alex Morales 2 - Nick Harriger 1.

Friday’s game against Alliance was intense for the Gering girls with a hard-won victory over Alliance 44-43 in double overtime. The game should have been over with. In fact with Alliance leading 35-26 and only 1:33 left in the game it would have been easy to have walked away assuming Alliance was going to win but the game is never over until the clock hits zero. Gering girls began a nine point run that ended with a tie game at 35. The first overtime period saw only three points scored by either side with one basket and one free throw each. The first overtime period ended ties at 38. Gering’s Megan Upp got the lead back with two free throws and Alliance answered with their own free throws. The game winner was a final free throw by Alexa Anderson to end the game 44-43.

Coach Freeburg said even though they were down by 9 points late in the fourth quarter the team continued to battle recognizing that the game is not over until the clock is zero. Freeburg said that the girls fought and fought and found a way to get the game tied. “The girls handled the pressure well. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” he said.

Individual scores
Gering: Alexa Anderson 10 - Megan Upp 10 - Nicole Michael 6 - Santan Mitchell 4 - Dakota Gellner 4 - Kaylee Spreier 4 - Katie O’Boyle 3 - Jessica Rogers 3 - Allie Vacha 2.

Alliance: Oliva Vogel 16 - Rylee Trout 10 - Morgan Anthony 6 - Danielle Brennan 6 - Caitlyn Tritle 3 - Andri Halouska 2

In a Tuesday night game in Wheatland, the Gering girls fell 45-39 in overtime, bringing their record to 3-3. Individual scores were unavailable as of press time.

The Gering boys had a chance to redeem themselves from Thursday’s loss to Mitchell and they did not pass up the chance, handily beating Alliance 56-43. Gering was ahead of Alliance 17-12 by the end of the first quarter which included a 3-point play of a bucket, foul, and free throw by Austin Ferguson. Gering continued to outscore Alliance, ending the half with an 8-point lead 27-19.

Alliance came back strong in the third tying the game at 32-32. Gering refused to give up and took the lead again, ending the third at 41-32. Gering extended the lead to 13 points in the fourth, winning the game 56-43.

Assistant Coach Steve Land said it was a great learning experience from last night. Land said that Coach Plummer encouraged the team to hold their composure, pass the ball well, and relax a little more. Land said that the kids are growing as we watch them. “They executed on offense well and were 10 times better than Thursday night,” said Land. He added that they took a few ill-advised shots but they are learning when to take those shots and when not. The win brought Gering’s season record to 3-2.

Individual scores
Gering: Christian Groskopf 12 - Zac Bibb 10 - Grant Olsson 8 - Austin Ferguson 8 - Taylor Nelson 6 - Joses Palomo 6 - Gage Winkler 4 - Walker Britsch 2.

Alliance individual scores: Isaac Burnham 18 - Trevor Kamerzell 13 - Sage DuBray 8 - Ryan Romick 3 - Jordan Mills 1.

Gering boys would go on to fall to Wheatland on Saturday night with a score of 63-53, bringing their season record to 3-3. Next action for the Bulldogs boys and girls will be at Chadron on Saturday , Dec. 15.

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