Bayard, Morrill girls have seasons end in C2 sub-district action
     2013-02-14      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
GERING – Hemingford senior Kelsy Wood was a one-girl show for the Bobcats in the first half of their Sub-District C2-12 girls’ basketball semifinal game Tuesday night against Bayard, but the Tigers had a six-point halftime lead in the second game of the sub-district doubleheader at the Gering High School gymnasium.

Only when Wood finally started getting some offensive help from teammates did Hemingford (14-7) erase that half-dozen point deficit, take a fourth-quarter lead on senior Jayleen Forgey’s 3-pointer with 5:51 remaining and turn back Bayard in the closing minutes for a 32-31 victory.

The No. 2 seed Bobcats thus move into Thursday’s 7 p.m. sub-district final against top-seeded Bridgeport. The Bulldogs (10-12) advanced with a 43-30 win over Morrill (5-14) in Tuesday’s first semifinal.

Wood, who reached the 1,000-point career mark in tying the early score at 5, scored all 13 of Hemingford’s first-half points. Bayard freshman Kaylie Fiscus had 12 first-half points of her own, fueling the Tigers (5-16) to a 19-13 halftime lead.

Bayard clinged to a 25-21 lead after three quarters, and Wood had 19 of the Bobcats’ 21 points heading into the final quarter.

Forgey scored all eight of her points in the fourth period, leading Hemingford to a 30-26 lead with 3:30 remaining.

Bayard climbed back into the game by taking advantage of the Bobcats’ free-throw struggles down the stretch — Hemingford hit just 3 of 13 charity shots in the final quarter — and closed to within 32-31 on senior Kaylyn Long’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining.

After two missed Bobcat free throws, Long missed a go-ahead 3-point attempt and senior Chandler Rummel missed a put-back shot off the rebound, and a tied-up possession with 2.7 seconds left gave Hemingford the ball. Wood then ran out the clock for the Bobcats.

Wood finished with 21 points, while Fiscus scored just two second-half points to finish with 14 for the Tigers. Junior Megan Stuart, Bayard’s season-long leading scorer, was held to seven points and Long finished with six.

In the first semifinal, Bridgeport used a 13-6 second-quarter run to take a 23-14 halftime lead. Bulldog senior Sydney Faessler then scored seven second-half points and finished as Bridgeport’s top scorer with 10 points. Senior Tara Harding added nine for the Bulldogs.

Morrill senior Morgan Nortness had seven first-half points and finished with a team-high 10 for the Lions, who got six apiece from senior Mickayla Schneider and junior Dylaine Peacock.

Both Bridgeport and Hemingford may have to overcome free-throw shooting issues from Tuesday in their quests to win the sub-district final. The Bulldogs were 11-for-28 at the line and the Bobcats made just 8 of 18 free shots.

Sub-district C1-12 at Alliance
While the Mitchell girls got the best of the Kimball Longhorns in the girls’ championship game of the Western Trails Conference Tournament on Feb. 1, the Longhorns got the best of the Tigers each of the past two Tuesday nights.

That included Kimball’s 54-52 win over Mitchell in Tuesday’s first-round game of the Sub-District C1-12 Tournament at Alliance High School.

The loss ended No. 3 seeded Mitchell’s season at 12-11, while No. 2 seed Kimball (14-5) moves into Thursday’s sub-district final against top-seeded Chadron. The Cardinals (20-2) ended Gordon-Rushville’s season at 9-12 with a 56-29 win.

The sub-district title game tips at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sub-district D1-12 at Sidney
Garden County ended Minatare’s season after the Eagles downed the Indians 40-19 in Sub-District D1-12 first-round play at the Cabela’s Activities Center in Sidney.

The loss ended Minatare’s season at 1-15, with the Indians scoring their only win on Dec. 4, a 28-22 home victory over Banner County.

Garden County (8-14) jumped out to an 11-4 lead after one quarter and led 18-8 at halftime. The Eagles then rode a 16-6 third-quarter run to a 20-point margin.

Garden County’s win put the Eagles (8-14) against No. 1 seed Crawford (15-5) in one semifinal Tuesday night, while No. 2 Potter-Dix (9-8) and No. 3 Creek Valley (9-9) met in the other semifinal. Tuesday’s winners play Thursday at 7 p.m. for the sub-district championship.

Sub-district D2-12 at Mitchell
The Banner County girls saw their basketball season end in the first round of District D2-12 action Monday night at Mitchell, losing to No. 4 seed South Platte 36-25.

The loss ended the Wildcats’ season end at 1-19, with their lone win coming over Minatare, 36-26 at Harrisburg on Jan. 12.

South Platte thus took a 5-11 record into its Tuesday night game against top-seeded Sioux County (14-5), while No. 3 Hay Springs (7-13) faced No. 2 Leyton (9-11).The winners play Thursday at 6 p.m. for the sub-district championship.

Gering No. 3, Scottsbluff No. 5 in girls’ District B-6
The Gering girls received the No. 3 seed for next week’s District B-6 Tournament, which starts Tuesday at Western Nebraska Community College’s Cougar Palace.

The Bulldogs (10-11) will face No. 2 seed Sidney (15-6) in Thursday’s second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

Scottsbluff (2-18) is the No. 5 seed and plays No. 4 Alliance (10-10) in a first-round game Tuesday at 6 p.m. The winner advances to Thursday’s first semifinal against No. 1 seed McCook (19-3) at 6 p.m.

Thursday’s semifinal winners advance to next Friday’s district championship game, which will tip off at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the Class B State Tournament in Lincoln starting Feb. 28 through March 2.

Minatare boys top seed in D1-12
The Minatare boys are the No. 1 seed in Sub-District D1-12 after the Indians have rebounded from five straight losses with a two-game winning streak entering this week.

The Indians enter D1-12 play, at the Cabela’s Activities Center in Sidney, with an 11-6 record before they complete the regular season against Potter-Dix on Friday.

The top-seeded Indians will play Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Monday’s winner of No. 4 Potter-Dix and No. 5 Creek Valley (both 6-12 at seeding time Tuesday morning).

The other semifinal, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, has No. 2 Garden County (9-9) against No. 3 Crawford (10-9). The semifinal winners play next Thursday at 7 p.m. for the sub-district title and a berth in the district playoff.

In Sub-District D2-12, Banner County (2-16) is the No. 4 seed and plays winless South Platte (0-15) in Monday’s first-round game at Mitchell High School. The winner advances to Tuesday’s 5 p.m. semifinal against No. 1 seed Leyton (17-1).

The other semifinal matches No. 2 Sioux County (11-7) against No. 3 Hay Springs (4-16) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The semifinal victors play at 6 p.m. Thursday for the sub-district title and district playoff berth.

Mitchell boys No. 2 seed in C1-12
In Sub-District C1-12 at Alliance High School, Mitchell (10-9) is the No. 2 seed and plays No. 3 seed Chadron (6-13) in Tuesday’s second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The first semifinal at 5 p.m. matches No. 1 Kimball (16-1) against Gordon-Rushville (3-14).

The semifinal winners play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the sub-district title and a berth in the district playoff.

In the Sub-District C2-12 bracket, the Bayard boys are the No. 3 seed and Morrill boys are the fourth seed when action begins Tuesday in Gering.

Morrill (5-13) faces No. 1 seed Bridgeport (13-7) in Tuesday’s first semifinal at 6 p.m., followed by No. 2 Hemingford (16-5) against Bayard (8-15) at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday’s semifinal winners play next Thursday at 7 p.m. for the sub-district title and right to move on to the district playoff.

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