Bearcats undefeated after sweep in Wyo. tournament; area teams see action
     2012-12-13      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen
Scottsbluff’s Michael Hadden (No. 32) fights for the shot against a Chadron competitor during a Dec. 6 game against Chadron at home. Hadden is proving to be a solid leader for the Bearcats this season but suffered an ankle sprain during action this weekend.
 
Just when the Scottsbluff boys’ basketball team was beginning to look acclimated to playing without injured starting guard Matt Klein, down went senior forward Michael Hadden during the Bearcats’ action in the Camel Tournament at Gillette, Wyo., over the weekend.

Hadden, who had been averaging 26.5 points per game entering the contest, suffered a high ankle sprain in the Bearcats’ 60-53 win over Rock Springs, Wyo., on Friday.

Senior guard Taylor Winkler picked up the offensive slack in Hadden’s absence, scoring 25 points while hitting 7 of 13 shots from the floor and 8 of 13 free throws. Senior forward Eric Moreno followed Hadden’s 11 points with nine points and three steals, while freshman Austin Clarkson added seven points and 12 rebounds.

Moreno had a strong tournament, scoring 30 points with six 3-pointers in Scottsbluff’s 70-65 victory Thursday night over tournament host Campbell County, the No. 1 team in Wyoming Class 4A. The top-rated Class B Bearcats also got 21 from Hadden, including a 9-for-10 performance at the free-throw line.

Clarkson had 10 rebounds, while Hadden made nine grabs and Moreno had five boards. Sophomore guard Jackson Hinze, who stepped up big for the Bearcats against Casper-Kelly Walsh on Saturday, had four assists against Campbell County.

In the Bearcats’ tournament finale, a 63-49 win over Kelly Walsh, Moreno led the Scottsbluff charge with 29 points, hitting five out of six 3-point attempts and 8 of 11 shots overall. WInkler rang in two treys on his way to scoring 10 points, and junior Tyler Mickey also ripped two 3-pointers in scoring nine points.

Hinze scored eight points but added seven assists and seven rebounds while committing no turnovers. “He played incredible,” Siske said. “Pretty much everyone stepped up their games.”

The Bearcats won the Camel Tournament for the second consecutive year and again followed their sweep through the season-opening Western Conference Invitational.

“That’s a tough tournament, with three games in a row again,” Siske said. “Campbell County might be as good a team that we will play for a while. Kelly Walsh was a strong team and Rock Springs was a very athletic team that causes you problems.”

The Bearcats return to action with just a single game this weekend, at Chadron on Friday starting at about 7 p.m.

Scottsbluff girls
Despite turning in their best defensive effort of the young season, the Scottsbluff girls entered this week still looking for their first win after dropping a 35-26 loss to Wheatland, Wyo., on Friday at the Bluffs Middle School gym.

Junior forward Kiley Guerue led the Bearcats (0-4) with nine points.

The Bearcats are back in action at Chadron on Friday starting at about 7 p.m.

Mitchell
Two nights after stunning Gering on Adam Schlotthauer’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 51-48 win at Gering, the Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 56-49 count to Hemingford.

Junior Jamie Fegler led Mitchell (1-4) with 16 points and junior Bo McVay — who had 18 points, as did Schlotthauer, and the winning assist against Gering — followed with 13 points.

The Mitchell girls improved to 2-3 with their 58-45 victory over Hemingford.

The Tigers return to action Friday when they hop over into Goshen County to play Yoder-Southeast. Mitchell returns home on Saturday when the Tigers play Morrill starting at about 5 p.m. with the girls’ game.

Morrill
Senior forward Jacob Ramirez, one of two returning starters along with senior guard Sheldon Le, had a 22-point outing and hit the last of four 3-pointers to put the Lions ahead of Garden County and lift the Lions to 2-1 on the season.

The Morrill girls got their first win under rookie head coach T.J. Norris with a 38-26 win over the visiting Eagles. The victory put the Lions at 1-2 entering their Tuesday date at home against Hay Springs.

Morrill will then begin preparation for their west Scotts Bluff County rivalry matchup at Mitchell on Saturday. The girls are to start at about 5 p.m., with the boys’ contest at about 6:30 p.m.

Bayard
The Bayard teams had a rough weekend in road trips to arch-rival Bridgeport on Friday and to Alliance on Saturday.

The Tiger boys (1-3) fell to Bridgeport 52-41 and to Alliance 54-34. The Bayard girls, still looking for win No. 1 under second-year head coach Roger Russell, lost to Alliance 49-44 in overtime after the Tigers were dealt a 56-27 setback at Bridgeport.

Bayard has Hay Springs at home on Friday, with the girls’ game starting at about 5:30 p.m. and the boys matching up with the Hawks at 7 p.m. The Tigers then travel to Kimball for action Saturday with the girls playing at 3:30 p.m. and the boys tipping off at about 5 p.m.

Minatare
After a 2-0 start under first-year coach Kyle Cotton, the Minatare boys met defeat for the first time at the hands of Sioux County, 48-44, Friday night in Harrison.

The Indian girls, coming off their first win against Banner County last Tuesday, were handed a 57-16 loss to Sioux County.

Minatare returns to action Friday against Arthur County, with the girls’ game beginning the action at 4 p.m. The Indians then travel to Crawford on Saturday for action starting at 1 p.m.

Banner County
The 0-3 Banner County teams will look to find a win when they play host to Leyton on Friday and travel to Chappell to face Creek Valley on Saturday. The Wildcats will then be in the Sioux County Holiday Tournament at Harrison on Monday and Tuesday.

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