Bulldog boys clip Chadron’s wins, Lady Bulldogs fall
     2014-01-30      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior Grant Olsson fights through a flock of Cardinals on Friday as the Bulldogs clench their 67-54 victory. 
The Gering Bulldog boys and girls basketball teams hosted the Chadron Cardinals in the Dome at Gering High School Friday night. The boys picked up a 67-54 win and girls lost 68-48.

The Lady Dawgs took on a tough opponent in the Cardinals to open the evening. The Chadron girls are now 12-4 and previously beat the Gering girls 65-30 back on Dec. 21, 2013. Unfortunately the Lady Bulldogs were not able to avenge the previous loss.

Chadron jumped ahead to a 15-point lead outscoring Gering 23-8 in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs fought back in the second quarter but were still outscored by four points 22-18. Gering hit the locker room at the half facing a 19 point deficit 45-26.

Refusing to give up, the Lady Bulldogs hung with the Cardinals in the third with only a two-point deficit being outscored 11-9. The fourth quarter belonged to Gering as they outscored the Cardinals 13-12 to finish the game with a 20 point loss of 68-48.

“We talked all week about not letting them jump out on us in the first quarter and they jumped out on us in the first quarter,” Gering Coach Adam Freeburg said. “I thought we played really well in the second, third, and fourth quarter. The one thing we could not let happen was them get up big on us and that is exactly what happened. They are just so tough to come back on, they have so much talent, and such good shooters. When you get behind by a bunch it’s hard to come back. I liked the girl’s effort in the second, third, and fourth quarters. They fought hard and did not give up.”

Individual scores for Gering: Kaylee Spreier 14, Savannah Walker 9, Allie Vacha 7, Toni Rosado 7, Katie O’Boyle 7, Ashlyn Schultz 3, Danyele Ysac 1.

For Chadron: Ashlea Kerr 19, Peyton Hinn 16, Bailea Kerr 13, Chandler Hageman 7, Maaryn Davis 7, Jadyn McCartney 2, Ashley Hills 2, Tatum Westmeier 2.

The Gering Bulldog boys were up next and were ready to avenge a two-point 58-56 loss to the Chadron Cardinals on Dec. 21.. The Dawgs were led by Grant Olsson who had an outstanding 30-point game. Gering edged Chadron by four points in the first quarter 15-11 to start the game ahead. Gering continued to lead in the second frame with an eight point 24-16 second quarter battle. The Bulldogs took the half time break enjoying a 12 point lead of 39-27.

Gering lost three points of their lead with Chadron edging Gering 14-11 in the third frame. The Dawgs did not get discouraged as they recovered their lead and added to it by outscoring the Cards 17-13 in the closing quarter to win by 13 points 67-54.

“We played one of our better games of the year,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “It was nice to play at home in front of a large, rowdy crowd. We picked up the tempo and pushed the ball better than we have all year. Chadron was a state-ranked team that had beaten us earlier in the year in Chadron, so it was nice to get the win on the rematch.”

Individual scores for Gering: Grant Olsson 30, Christian Groskopf 11, Isaiah Wilson 9, Joses Palomo 6, Austin Hoffman 5, Taylor Nelson 4, Riley Haug 2. Olsson had 11 rebounds, Wilson and Groskopf each had 6.

Individual Scores for Chadron: Spencer Eliason 16, Vonsinh Sayaloune 11, Jake Bargen 9, Jake Daniels 6, TD Stein 4, Matt Cerny 4, Jackson Dickerson 4.

On Saturday night the Gering boys traveled to Scottsbluff and came back with a loss as they fell 65-52 (see story on page B2). Both boys and girls traveled to Torrington on Tuesday. The boys earned a win, defeating the Trailblazers 65-50, bringing the season record to 11-5.

The girls suffered a heartbreaking loss of 51-49, bringing their season to 9-8. Both teams will be in action Friday night in the Dome at Gering High School facing Alliance. Girls play at 5:30 p.m., boys at 7 p.m.

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