Gering girls split game against Wyoming teams: Gering boys fall to Casper Kelly Walsh on the road
     2014-01-23      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering junior Kaylee Spreier (No. 40) goes for 2 points against the Casper Kelley Trojans at home on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs were down at halftime but came back to smack the Trojans 52-40. Spreier was a top scorer, contributing 11 points to the game. 
The Lady Bulldogs faced two Wyoming opponents last week. Gering fell to the Cheyenne East Thunderbirds 58-33 and defeated the Casper Kelly Walsh Trojans 52-40.

Thursday evening saw the Cheyenne East Thunderbirds visit The Dome at Gering High School. The Thunderbirds are ranked #1 by wyopreps.com in Wyoming’s top class of 4A East. The first quarter the Gering girls fell behind being outscored 9-5 by Cheyenne East. The Lady Bulldogs rallied early in the second frame with a 5-1 run and tied the game at 10.

The Thunderbirds decided to take the Dawgs seriously and put the pressure on and began to dominate the game. The halftime buzzer sounded with Gering being outscored in the second frame 22-11. The teams went into the locker rooms with the Bulldogs facing a 15-point deficit and the Thunderbirds holding a 31-16 lead.

Cheyenne East continued the assault in the third period outscoring Gering 17-4. Gering tried to come back in the final quarter but was still outscored by Cheyenne East 13-10. The final score was 58-33 with the Thunderbirds on top.

“We were right with them for a quarter and a half, it was 10 to 10 there,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “We knew they were going to have a big run and it was bigger than we thought it was going to be. They are one of the top teams in the biggest class in the state of Wyoming. They are a really good shooting team and we saw that especially in the second quarter. I think overall we played well they just had that big run in the second quarter.”

Individual scores for Gering: Savannah Walker 9, Allie Vacha 7, Kaylee Sprier 7, Katie O’Boyle 4, Danyale Ysac 2, Toni Rosada 2, Ashlyn Schultz 2.

Individual Scores for Cheyenne East: Ashton Brodahl 13, Kayla Cheney 10, Sarah Erickson 8, Hailey Heath 7, Kayla Evans 7, Justene Hirsig 6, Rachel Erickson 5, Andara DelGrosso 2.

On Saturday the Casper Kelly Walsh Trojans visited The Dome at Gering High School. The Lady Bulldogs were ready for them. Gering started strong in the first quarter outscoring Casper Kelly Walsh 15-11. The Trojans did not roll over and play dead though as they fought back in the second quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 13-6. Gering faced half time behind by 3 points, 24-21.

The Lady Bulldogs came snarling back in the third period outscoring the Trojans 19-7. Gering cruised through the fourth quarter outscoring Casper Kelly Walsh 12-9. The final score was 52-40 for a Gering Lady Bulldogs victory.

“I thought the girls showed a lot of guts in the fact that Casper Kelly Walsh made a run in the fourth quarter,” Coach Freeburg said. “We really stood our ground and we made plays when we had to and that was part of the effort in the fourth quarter.”

Individual scores for Gering: Savannah Walker 12, Kaylee Sprier 11, Allie Vacha 10, Katie O’Boyle 8, Ashlyn Schultz 5, Toni Rosada 4, Danyele Ysac 2.

Individual Scores for Casper Kelly Walsh: Sofia Hoff 11, Olivia L’Ami 11, Kristen Franke 6, Kathy Nganga 6, Rachel Franke 3, Emily Erdahl 3.

The Gering boys traveled to Casper Kelly Walsh to face the Trojans on the road Saturday night. The Casper Kelly Walsh Trojans are ranked #1 in class 4A West by wyopreps.com. Both teams scored consistently in each quarter, unfortunately for Gering they were on the low side of the scoring.

The first frame saw the Trojans take the lead 16-8. The second quarter was similar with the Trojans leading 16-7. The Bulldogs faced a 17 point deficit of 32-15 at the half. The third quarter the Trojans continued to dominate the game with a quarter score of 16-10. The fourth quarter saw the Bulldogs go down fighting with the closest score of the game; however, Casper still led 13-10. The Trojans claimed the victory at the final buzzer 61-35.

“Casper is the most physical team we have played this year,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “They are ranked #1 in Class 4A because they play defense, take smart shots, and rebound hard. We actually played pretty well. The officiating was somewhat suspect as KW shot 33 free throws and we shot 11, but that in no way cost us the game. Our guys fought hard and that’s all we could do. Taylor Nelson pulled down 7 rebounds and Christian had 6 to go with 7/10 shooting. Grant had 3 assists. We only had 9 turnovers, so that was a positive.”

Individual scores for Gering: Christian Groskopf 16, Riley Haug 3, Justin Brester 5, Isaiah Wilson 2, Austin Hoffman 3, Grant Olsson 6.

The Gering boys are now 9-4 and the Lady Bulldogs are 9-6. Neither team is currently ranked in the class B Top 10. The boys and girls teams will face Chadron at home on Friday as celebrating Winter Royalty between the girls’ and boys’ games, and take a road trip to Torrington on Tuesday. The boys will take a Saturday road trip to Scottsbluff.

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