Scottsbluff girls' season ends in district opener - Banner County wins sub-district opener but falls in semifinals
     2013-02-21      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen -Bayard junior Zachariah Rice (No. 10) pushes through a defensive block from Hemmingford junior Blake Hansen on Tuesday night during sub-district action. Bayard was defeated 42-35, ending their season.  
SCOTTSBLUFF -- The Scottsbluff girls' basketball season came to an end Tuesday night when the Bearcats were dealt a 57-40 loss to Alliance in first-round play of the District B-6 playoffs at Western Nebraska Community College's Cougar Palace.
Scottsbluff (2-21) fell behind 13-4 to end the first quarter but closed to within 13-10 of the Bulldogs (11-11) before Alliance took a 21-10 advantage. The Bulldogs still led 25-15 before the Bearcats closed the halftime margin to five at 25-20.

Alliance followed a Scottsbluff free throw with a 7-0 run to take a 32-21 lead and held a 41-29 advantage going into the Bearcats' final quarter of the season. The 17-point final margin was the Bulldogs' largest of the game.

Alliance senior guard Morgan Anthony sank three 3-pointers en route to leading the Bulldogs with 15 points. Junior forward Kiley Guerue also scored 15 points to pace Scottsbluff. Junior Toni Rosado followed Guerue with eight points.

Scottsbluff loses four seniors but will return a wealth of varsity experience gained by a group that includes three freshmen.
"We have to have a really good off-season," Bearcats coach Mike Burda said. "The future is bright, but sometimes you just have to go through some growing pains to get there."

Alliance advances into Thursday's 6 p.m. semifinal against No. 1 seed McCook (19-4), while No. 3 Gering (11-11) takes on No. 2 Sidney (16-6) at 7:30 p.m. The winners meet Friday at 7 p.m. for the district championship and the automatic berth into the Class B State Tournament, Feb. 28-March 2 in Lincoln.

Sub-District C2-12 at Gering
The Bayard Tigers saw an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter Tuesday night slip away to a series of turnovers, which allowed No. 2 seed Hemingford to catch the Tigers and then finish with a 42-35 victory in the C2-12 boys' tournament at the Gering High School gymnasium.

No. 2 seed Hemingford thus advances to Thursday's 7 p.m. sub-district final against top-seeded Bridgeport, which overcame a stubborn effort by No. 4 seed Morrill to down the Lions 37-33 in Tuesday's first semifinal.

In the second semifinal, Hemingford (19-5) overcame a 33-28 deficit with 4:26 left in the game after three straight Bayard turnovers allowed the Bobcats to forge a 35-all tie with 2:30 remaining.
With the teams tied at 37, the Tigers took the lead with 1:22 left on senior Braydon Parriott's driving lay-up.

After Hemingford missed two 3-pointers, Bayard had the in-bounds pass intercepted at mid-court by Bobcats sophomore Colt Foster, who then passed off to junior Kyle Kaman, whose pass to sophomore Matthew Wood resulted in a game-tying basket, a foul and a go-ahead free throw with 57.8 seconds remaining.

A traveling turnover on the Tigers (8-16) led to six straight free throws for Hemingford -- four by Wood, who finished with a game-high 16 points -- and the Bobcats advanced to Thursday's sub-district final.
Parriott led Bayard with nine points.

In Tuesday's first game, Morrill (5-14) grabbed a 10-7 first-quarter lead before Bridgeport (14-8) erased the deficit to take an 18-16 halftime lead. The Bulldogs then outscored the Lions by one in each of the third and fourth quarters to claim the slim victory.
Bridgeport freshmen Quentin Baxter and Wyatt Pankowski scored 10 points apiece and sophomore Jason Amateis hit two 3-pointers on his way to scoring eight points for the Bulldogs.

Morrill senior Sheldon Le hit four 3-pointers in his game-high, 16-point effort. Senior Taylor Lackey followed with seven in his and Le's final game for the Lions.

Sub-District D2-12 at Mitchell
Banner County scored a 61-31, first-round victory Monday night over South Platte in the District D2-12 playoffs at Mitchell High School.

Sophomore Tyson Dahlgrin led the No. 4 seed Wildcats with 21 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Mike McKown added 13 points. No. 5 seed South Platte (0-16) got 14 points from Kris Kopetzky.
The Wildcats (3-17) thus advanced into Tuesday's semifinals but lost 65-34 to top-seeded Leyton. The Warriors (19-1) will play Sioux County (13-7) in the sub-district championship game Thursday. Sioux County advanced to the all-Warrior final with a 46-41 semifinal win over Hay Springs (4-17).

Sub-District D1-12 at Sidney
Minatare entered the D1-12 bracket as the No. 1 seed and having beaten Potter-Dix on Saturday in the teams' final regular-season game.

But the No. 4 seed Coyotes, who edged Creek Valley 43-42 Monday night in the teams' sub-district first-round contest, avenged their loss to Minatare with a 62-47 win over the Indians in Tuesday's semifinals.

Potter-Dix (8-13, but 2-0 in the postseason) will play No. 3 seed Crawford in Thursday's D1-12 final after the Rams (11-10) scored a 50-40 semifinal win over No. 2 seed Garden County (9-11).

Sub-District C1-12 at Alliance
The No. 2 seed Mitchell boys were limited to 11 first-half points and saw their season ended Tuesday night with a 47-27 loss to No. 3 seed Chadron in Sub-District C1-12 semifinal play.

Although the Tigers (10-11) were the higher seed, they lost all three of their meetings to Chadron, with the Cardinals (7-14) winning by 20 twice and the second game of the year by 23.
Chadron began Tuesday's third meeting with a 17-5 first-quarter lead and built that advantage to 27-11 at halftime.

Spencer Eliason paced the Cardinals in scoring with 12 points and Vonsinh Sayaloune added 11, while Mitchell got nine points from junior Jamie Fegler.

Chadron will play Kimball for the sub-district title Thursday at 6 p.m. The top-seeded Longhorns (19-1) rolled past Gordon-Rushville (3-17) in Tuesday's first semifinal, 69-26.

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