Bulldogs hoopsters sweep Torrington
     2012-12-27      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering junior Gage Winkler goes in for a layup with Torrington junior Alex McAnelly hot on his tail during Friday’s home game. Gering defeated the Trailblazers 52-39. 
The Gering Bulldogs boys and girls basketball teams recorded wins on Friday night against the Torrington Trailblazers. The Gering girls won 40-35 while the Bulldogs boys won 52-39. This is the second time this year that these teams have met with the first time being during the Western Conference Tournament on Nov. 29 in Torrington. The Gering girls lost and the boys won in the previous contests.

Get ahead and stay ahead, that would sum up the girls game as Gering led at the end of the first quarter by a score of 11-9. The second quarter saw Gering out score Torrington 9-6 ending the first half leading 20-14.

The third frame saw the Gering girls begin to falter some as they only scored three points in the eight minute quarter compared to Torrington’s eight. This took the Bulldog girls team into the fourth quarter with a one point lead at 23-22.

Torrington looked like they had the momentum going into the fourth quarter; however, Gering came roaring back with the best performance of the night outscoring Torrington 17-13 in the fourth to end the game 40-35. Torrington had given the Lady Bulldogs a scare though as Torrington actually outscored Gering 21-20 in the second half. The Gering girls are now 4-4 on the season.

Gering Coach Adam Freeburg said that when times got tough the kids got tough, especially the seniors. There were two big free throws by Alexa Anderson, two big free throws by Dakota Gellner, and two big free throws by Santana Mitchell. Freeburg also praised a big three-pointer by Nicole Michael. Freeburg said that the seniors did what seniors are supposed to do. Freeburg said that Nicole is a flat shooter and even though she missed a few tonight she was not scared and kept trying sinking a three-pointer when they needed it. Freeburg said that Nicole is a senior leader, she has come a long way in three years and he couldn’t be prouder of her.

Gering individual scores: Meagan Upp 12, Santana Mitchell 12, Alexa Anderson 7, Nicole Michael 7, Dakota Gellner 2. Torrington individual scores: Allison Marsh 13, Avery Madden 13, Kailee Adams 4, Kaylie Haun 3, Mikayla McNamee 2.

The boys were up next. For some reason Gering’s boys did not get in their grove until the second half. Torrington outscored Gering 10-7 in the first quarter. Gering and Torrington tied for scores in the second frame at 13 points each. Gering went into the locker room at half time behind by three points.

Whatever the half time discussion was it worked. Christian Groskopf fired up his shots scoring 19 points in the second half. The third quarter was the best of the night for Gering as they scored 18 points compared to Torrington’s six. Gering continued to roll into the fourth frame as they scored 14 points compared to Torrington’s 10. Gering ultimately won the game 52-39. Gering boys are now 5-3 on the season.

After the game Gering Coach Plummer said the Christian Groskopf was the second half spark. He made a lot of drives to the basket and a lot of shots and really turned the tide for them.

Gering individual scores: Christian Groskopf 19, Joses Palomo 11, Zac Bibb 7, Taylor Nelson 6, Austin Ferguson 4, Isaiah Wilson 2. Torrington individual scores Cam Kelley 12, Blake Wisroth 10, Josh Ring 6, Garrett Derr 6, Matt Richardson 4.

Both Gering teams will next face Hershey in the Cabela’s Tournament in Sidney on December 27 with girls tip off at 5:30 and boys tip off at 7:15. Best of luck to the Bulldogs basketball teams in Sidney.

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