Scottsbluff boys finish regular season with win at Torrington
     2013-02-21      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Scottsbluff senior Taylor Winkler (No. 3) blocks Gering freshman Austin Hoffman's drive to the basket during Friday's Scottsbluff/Gering game. The Bearcats ended their regular season with a win at Torrington this week.  
While the small-school girls' basketball teams started postseason action last week, a few of the area's boys' teams , along with the Scottsbluff boys and girls, had regular-season action to complete before they were to start playoff action this week.

The Scottsbluff boys, looking for a strong regular-season finish before starting their postseason defense of the Bearcats' 2012 Class B state championship, used a 31-point, third-quarter to kick-start their way to a 70-37 romp over Torrington across the state line.

The win, which came after Scottsbluff held a slim 27-25 halftime lead after a lackluster first 16 minutes offensively, gave the Bearcats a 19-5 record heading into their District B-6 semifinal game Monday at Western Nebraska Community College's Cougar Palace.

In their final regular-season contest, Scottsbluff (19-5) held the Trailblazers to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half, and, despite hitting just 34.8 percent of its first-half shots, retained the two-point lead the Bearcats held 16-14 after the first quarter.

As the game played out, the first quarter was the Trailblazers' most productive of the night. Scottsbluff shot 52 percent after halftime while holding Torrington to 3 of 12 field goals (25 percent) after the break and rode a 31-6, third-quarter run to turn the tight game into a romp.

Scottsbluff senior Eric Moreno, regaining the fire power he had in scoring nine 3-pointers Friday night against Gering, sank 6 of 11 treys Tuesday and led all scorers with 21 points. Senior Matthew Klein and junior Trent Harris were next in scoring for the Bearcats with nine points and one 3-pointer apiece.

Klein had a team-high five steals and two blocked shots, and he shared team-leading honors in assists with sophomore Jackson Hinze as each dished out three scoring passes. Senior Michael Hadden, held to five points on just three shot attempts, had a Bearcat-high five rebounds.

Senior Blake Wisroth led Torrington with 12 points and senior Cam Kelly added 11, but no other Blazer had more than four points. Torrington out-rebounded Scottsbluff 34-26, led by senior Josh Ring's game-high nine boards and Wisroth's eight caroms.

The Bearcats' victory also followed a 64-53 loss Saturday at Rapid City, S.D., to the Central Cobblers, completing a doubleheader sweep for Central after the Cobbler girls downed Scottsbluff 76-34.
The Bearcats, after having hosted Gering in a doubleheader Friday night, found the Central teams rested and ready to scored a big sweep at Rapid City on Saturday.

In the boys' game, Scottsbluff held a 15-14 lead after the first quarter before Central responded by outscoring the Bearcats 19-10 in the second period, scoring the last nine points of the quarter in giving the Cobblers a 33-25 halftime lead.

Hadden led the Bearcats in scoring with 20 points, while Moreno followed with 11. Klein added seven points and made three steals, while freshman Austin Clarkson had a team-high 11 rebounds to go with five points.

In the girls' contest, Central bolted to a 19-6 lead after one quarter and led 35-14 at halftime.
Freshman Zoe Holscher led Scottsbluff (2-20) with 11 points, while classmate Aly Camacho had seven rebounds for the Bearcats.

Minatare boys win
The Minatare Indian boys finished their regular season with a 55-50 win Saturday over Potter-Dix.
Minatare improved its record 12-6 as the No. 1 seed in the District D1-12 tournament at Sidney, while Potter-Dix fell to 6-13. The Coyotes, however, made their postseason record 2-0 and avenged Saturday's loss Tuesday night by rolling past Minatare 62-47 to make Thursday's D1-12 championship game.

Mitchell falls to Kimball
The Mitchell boys concluded their regular season with a 52-27 loss to Kimball at home Friday night.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 10-10 heading into their first-round, District C1-12 game Tuesday night at Alliance against Chadron.

Kimball, which for some strange reason continues to remain unranked in the Omaha World-Herald's Class C1 rankings, improved to 17-1 with the win heading into the Longhorns' sub-district game against Gordon-Rushville.

Mitchell got a team-high nine points from junior Jamie Fegler, while junior Garret Braman added six.
Junior standout Mike Daum led Kimball with 23 points, while seniors Austin Pile and Caleb Reuter added nine points each.

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