Coach: Bearcat girls have much to celebrate
     2011-03-10      By Terry Gaston    editor@geringcitizen.com
While the Scottsbluff girls basketball team saw it’s run at a state title end with a lopsided defeat last Thursday in Lincoln, Bearcats coach Mike Burda said the team has so much more to celebrate.

Scottsbluff finished the season with a school record 21 wins against just five losses, the last of which was a 65-42 loss to Beatrice in the first round of the Class B State Tournament.

“We just didn’t play well, but the girls are not down on themselves at all,” Burda said. “It was a great season, and we’re not going to let one game take a great season away from us.”

A core group of five seniors plus a strong supporting cast rode a defense based attack to Scottsbluff’s second girl’s district championship and state tournament appearance.

Burda said, “just the chemistry of everything” will make the Bearcats season especially memorable.

“The parents, the girls involved, and the coaches, everybody was on the same page,” Burda said. “It was a blast all season.”

After two straight losses in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in December the Bearcats began 2011 with 15 victories in 16 games. The lone loss during that stretch was to Lexington which defeated SHS twice and also qualified for the state tournament.

“Class B was loaded this year,” Burda said. “We saw some great basketball at state.”

Senior Hattie Guzman led the Bearcats’ balance scoring attack with 13.5 points per game. She also had team highs in free throws with 76 (73.8 percent), 3-pointers made (42) and total field goals with 117.

Senior Makayla Westphal was next in scoring with an 11.8-point average with 104 total field goals and led the team in 3-pointers with 30 (42.9 percent). She also had a team-leading 6.2 rebound average and 49 steals (1.9 per game average).

Senior Gillian Harkins had averages of 6.8 points and 3.9 rebound per game while coming on strong as the season progressed.

Senior Marcie Sindt (6.4 point average) led the team in field goal percentage with 44.6% and had a team-high 37 assists.

Senior Abby Zach sat out the first semester after transferring from Gering and sparked the Bearcats immediately with 8.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game while hitting 24 three-pointers for 35.8 percent.

Junior Maddie Holscher was an early season starter and had 1.5 steals per game.

Junior Morgan Yost and sophomore Zoey Rada came off the bench with strong play while giving the Bearcat starters a well-deserved and needed rest.

“Our senior leadership was huge, but we had a lot of underclassmen step up and fill the role throughout the season,” Burda said. “Maybe some of these girls will have the experience to play at state again.”





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