Mitchell boys fend off Bayard for 4th straight win
     2013-01-25      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Mitchell junior Adam Schlotthauer (No.14) drives in for a lay up as Bayard junior David Schuler (No.2) tries for the block and Bayard junior Zac Rice (No.10) eyes the play during Friday's scrap in Bayard. Mitchell won 64-45. 
BAYARD — Sometimes a final score can be deceiving.
While the Mitchell boys’ basketball team left the Bayard High School gymnasium Friday night with a 64-45 victory over the host Tigers, Mitchell assistant coach Jayson Gregory — a Bayard alumnus — said the win was hard fought against Bayard coach Neil Baker’s stubborn defensive unit.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Gregory, whose team rode a 22-9 first-quarter lead to a strong start but had Bayard maintain the speed of the action afterward. “We knew they were going to play tough defense and try to control the tempo of the game.

“Their goal was to make life miserable for Bo (McVay) and Jamie (Fegler), and it took us awhile to get into the swing of things. We finally found some ways to attack the basket and get everybody involved, and we pulled away in the end.

We felt like we were in control the whole game, but they just kind of lingered around the whole time. Coach Baker always does a great job of getting his boys into the best position to at least compete.”
McVay wound up leading Mitchell with 14 points and fellow junior Adam Schlotthauer followed with 10, while classmate Fegler finished with eight.

Bayard senior Braydon Parriott led all scorers with 17, but Mitchell held the host Tigers without another double-figure scorer in earning their fourth straight win and their eighth in their last 11 games.

“We’ve had a stretch of games, starting with the Alliance Holiday Tournament, where we knew we could eventually put some wins together and we told the guys to go one game at a time.”
Next up for Mitchell was the Tigers’ long-awaited date Tuesday night at Kimball, which entered the game at 9-1 and coming off a 57-35 win Saturday at Gordon-Rushville — Mitchell’s next opponent at home Friday.

“It will be fun, now that we’ve gotten past this stretch of the season, we can finally play this one because we’ve been looking forward to it for a long time,“ Gregory said of the game against Kimball.
The Mitchell girls continued their winning ways as well Friday, downing Bayard 74-32.

Senior Chalsey Grentz led Mitchell (8-6) with 25 ponits that included four 3-pointers. Junior Havannah Newens followed with 16 points.
Bayard junior Megan Stuart led the host Tigers with 13 points, while junior Rachel Frerichs had eight rebounds and senior Kaylyn Long made five steals.

Bayard then traveled to Lusk, Wyo., on Saturday to face Niobrara County in another all-Tiger scrap.
The Bayard boys (6-8) fell to Niobrara County 64-41 and the BHS girls (3-11) were dealt a 51-31 loss to Niobrara.
The Tigers returned to Wyoming on Tuesday for action at Lingle-Fort Laramie. Bayard then plays Thursday at Hemingford before the Tigers return home Friday to face arch-rival Bridgeport.
Minatare boys 2nd in MAC

SIDNEY — The Minatare boys’ quest to win the Minuteman Activities Conference title fell short Saturday night when the Indians were dealt a 64-33 loss by No. 1 seed Leyton. The Warriors (10-1) thus won their second straight MAC tourney title, while Minatare (9-2) fell for the first time after seven straight wins.

The Indians had advanced to the championship game after edging Creek Valley 51-47 in Thursday’s semifinal game at the Cabela’s Events Center. Second-seeded Minatare opened MAC play with a 67-38 win at home over No. 7 seed South Platte.

The Minatare boys and girls began a busy week Tuesday night by playing host to Oelrichs, S.D. The Indians then travel to Dalton on Friday to face Leyton and return home Saturday to play Potter-Dix.
After Banner County lost both of its first-round MAC tournament games last Tuesday, the Wildcats began a week full of road trips by visiting Crawford on Tuesday in a make-up doubleheader from Jan. 12. Banner County then visits Potter-Dix on Friday and Morrill on Saturday.

Morrill
The Lion teams were both dealt losses Saturday at Bridgeport, with the Bulldog boys beating Morrill 74-38 and the Bridgeport girls downing the Lions 56-33.
Jacob Ramirez led the Morrill boys with 14 points, while Taylor Cooper paced the Lion girls with 11 points.
Morrill (both 4-8) will be at home Friday against Crawford and Saturday against Banner County.

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