Gering sees mixed results in weekend action
     2013-12-23      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering junior Joeses Palomo takes a 3-pointer during the Western Conference Tournament in the early season. Palomo was one of the weekend’s top scorers earning 16 points on Friday against Burns, Wyo., and again at Chadron. 
The Gering Bulldogs basketball teams notched wins on Friday against the Burns, Wyo. Broncs, while the Lady Bulldogs escaped with a 49-47 win and the boys finished their game with a comfortable 57-41 lead. Saturday, both teams were on the road in Chadron. The Lady Bulldogs fell to the Cardinals 65-30. The boys pounded the boards in a thrilling endurance test, that saw Chadron the 58-56 victors.

The Gering boys had a four point lead in the fourth quarter only to see it slip away and Chadron winning by two. Coach Plummer said, “We lost a close one tonight it was pretty brutal. We had the ball and were up by four with two minutes left and ended up losing by two. It was a close game all the way and they got a shot with 10 seconds left and we came down and missed a shot and that was it. They are a good team. They have a tall kid, Spencer Eliason, who is 6’8.” His guys play pretty well around him and we had trouble stopping him. We will go into Christmas 6-2 and that’s a pretty good way to start the season.”

Individual scores for Gering: Joses Palomo 16, Christian Groskopf 14, Riley Haug 2, Isaiah Wilson 2, Austin Hoffman 4, Taylor Nelson 4, Grant Olsson 19.

In the girls’ action Saturday, the Cards hit the dogs early and often outscoring in every quarter. The first quarter Chadron led 21-5. The second frame was the closest Gering came 9-7 Chadron. Third was Chadron 21-10 and fourth was Cardinals 14-8.

Coach Freeburg said “Chadron is a really tough team, they have a lot of weapons, they have a lot of different ways they can score. They have five or six girls that can throw a three pointer and feel really good about it when it leaves their hand. We went man to man to start the game and we did not box out very well, so we went to zone and that played into their hand because they are such good shooters. It’s kind of pick your poison with them. I told the girls that it is noting to hang your head about we have had a good start to our season and they have a lot of positives to look forward to heading into the second half.”

Individual scores for Gering: Ashlyn Shultz 2, Allie Vacha 3, Savannah Walker 4, Kaylee Spreier 1, Katie O’Boyle 8, Danyele Ysac 5, Dakota Wademan 4.

Individual Scores for Chadron: Peyton Hinn 15, Chandler Hageman 11, Maaryn Davis 4, Jayden McCartney 4, Bailea Kerr 19, Ashlea Kerr 2, Ashley Hills 3, Haleigh Shuck 3

In Friday’s action the Lady Bulldogs took the lead in the first quarter, outscoring Burns 12-9. The Broncs began to rally back in the second period as they matched the Bulldogs point for point at 16. The Dawgs held on onto a 4- point lead as they went into the locker room. The third period was not good for Gering as Burns outscored them 12-7 and Gering now was behind by two points 37-35. The Broncs would extend their lead in the fourth period to five points before the Dogs got their game on. With less than three minutes to go, Gering shut down Burns on defense while rallying on offense to escape with a two-point win 49-47.

“Last night was one of those tough games it was back and forth,” said Coach Adam Freeburg. “It was a slug fest all night long. They would make a run, we would make a run, we were fortunate enough to get a defensive stop at the end. We were down five points with about two and one half minutes to go it was a really tough place to play. The girls found a way to get a big basket when we needed it and they found a way to get a big stop when we needed it. I am really proud of the girls. It was a big character win that we can build on and look back on later in the season. “

Individual scores for Gering: Kaylee Spreier 16, Ashlyn Schultz 13, Katie O’Boyle 6, Allie Vacha 4, Savannah Walker 4, Danyele Ysac 4, Dakota Wademan 2.

Individual scores for Burns: McKenzie Ward 15, Jessica Malm 8, McKayla Ward 6, Alex McCart 4, Rylee Anderson 4, Cassidy Malm 2, Chelsea Engel 1.

The boys took to the court as Gering looked to extend their win streak. The Bulldogs started strong in the first period, outscoring Burns 15-11. The Broncs turned the tables on the Bulldogs in the second period as the Broncs outscored the Dawgs 12-11. Gering went into the locker room with a 3 point lead 26-23.

Gering came back on the court in the third period determined to do some Bronc busting. The Bulldogs maintained their offense scoring 15 points and their defense cut the Broncs to just seven points. Gering held the line in the final frame and outscored Burns 15-11 to win the game at 56-41.

Coach Randy Plummer said, “It was about what we expected it was a pretty hostile environment. We went across state lines and played a bunch of football guys. It took us a while to figure them out but in the fourth quarter we did and came out with a 15 point win.”

Individual scores for Gering: Joses Palomo 16, Grant Olsson 13, Austin Hoffman 9, Christian Groskopf 7, Isaiah Wilson 4, Taylor Nelson 4.­

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