Lady Bulldogs earn runner up at District B6 basketball playoffs
     2013-02-28      By Philip Eckerberg - Special to the Citizen   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior Megan Upp (No. 10) aims for two at Thursday night's semi-district bout with Sidney. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Raiders 37-35. 
The Gering girls beat the Sidney Lady Raiders on Thursday night 37-35 and lost to the McCook Bison 63-28 on Friday night to earn runner up honors in the Nebraska Class B6 District playoffs. McCook will now go to the state tournament in Lincoln this week.

Gering has lost to Sidney twice this year and got off on a bad foot in this third meeting with the first quarter being outscored by Sidney 2 to 1 to end the quarter 14-7. The Bulldogs staged a small comeback in the second quarter, outscoring the Raiders 6-4 and going into the halftime break with a 5-point deficit trailing Sidney 18-13.

Gering has not won a district playoff game since 2011 and it was looking like this was going to be a long night as the Dawgs struggled to oppose the Raiders in the first half. Coach Adam Freeburg rallied the troops in the locker room. Gering came out in the third quarter and exploded, outscoring Sidney 20-8 with a rally that started with a trey by Alexa Anderson and an old-fashioned 3 point play by Katie O’Boyle.

Gering ended the third quarter with a 7 point 33-26 lead and it looked like they could cruise to win in the fourth. Somebody; however, forgot to tell Sidney to surrender, as they shot back in the fourth and outscored Gering 9-4. Gering was able to hang on to the lead and win 37-35.

Gering coach Adam Freeburg said: “that was a fun one. I am so thrilled for our girls. We got it done on the defensive end, which is what we preach all the time. I told them to get one stop and one stop turned into five stops but the girls found a way to get it done.” he said. “I am proud of these girls.”

Individual scores for Gering: Megan Upp 9, Alexa Anderson 9, Kayligh Spreier 6, Santana Mitchell 4, Allie Vacha 4, Katie O’Boyle 3, and Ashlynn Schultz 2.

Individual scores for Sidney: K. Segelke 10, J. Heeren 6, S. Krueger 4, S. Mahr 4, K. Price 3, M. Malzahn 3, M. Linneman 2, A. Porter 2, and K. Cole 1.

Gering v McCook
Gering’s luck ran out on Friday night as McCook outscored them two to one. McCook jumped ahead to an 18-6 lead in the first period. McCook did not let up in the second quarter, outpacing Gering 17-5 to end the half with a 24-point lead 35-11. The carnage continued in the third quarter with Gering being outscored 15-4. McCook finally backed off in the final period when they tied 13-13. The final buzzer of Gering girls’ season sounded with the Bison beating the Bulldogs 63-28.

Gering ended the season 12-12 hitting the .500 mark.
Individual scores for Gering: Allie Vacha 7, Alexa Anderson 6, Dakota Gellner 6, Kaylee Spreier 5, Megan Upp 3, and Danielle Ysac 1.

Individual scores for McCook: Rachael Goltl 17, Brooklyn Trew 16, Brenleigh Dawn 11, Megan Ruppurt 7, Molly Sughroue 6, Kassidy Gillan 6.

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