Three-pointer by Palomo lifts Gering to victory
     2014-02-13      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering junior Kaylee Spreier (No. 40) soars toward two points, while teammate Savannah Walker (No. 20) eyes the play and Raider opponents Rachel Petik (No. 20) and Sarah Mahr (No. 12) prep for the rebound. 
The Gering Bulldog basketball teams faced both Ogallala and Sidney last week. Thursday was a makeup game against the Ogallala Indians, which saw both boys and girls emerging victorious. The girls won 51-30 and the boys took a 73-36 victory.

Friday the Gering squads took on Sidney in the dome. The girls lost 52-45 while the boys were victorious in an exciting 71-69 game.

On Friday the Gering squads hosted the Sidney Red Raiders at Gering High School. The Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start in the first half while the Lady Raiders consistently scored 13 points in each quarter. Gering only scored seven points in the first frame and 4 in the second to finish the half facing a 15 point deficit 26-11.

The halftime pep talk worked in the third frame as the G-Town girls began a rally outscoring Sidney by 8 points 21-13. If they could have kept it up they would have won, but the rally slowed down in fourth quarter as the Dawgs tied Sidney at 13 points in the final frame with the final score of 52-45 losing by 7 points.

“I felt like in the first quarter we didn’t come out and get a lot of baskets,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “We got ourselves behind, and it turned out to be too big of a hole for us to dig ourselves out of. The girls fought back as hard as they could and we cut it to four but when you put yourself down as much as we did against a good team like Sidney it just makes it hard to come back.”

Individual scores for Gering: Kaylee Spreier 17, Katie O’Boyle 8, Toni Rosado 6, Ashlyn Schultz 4, Allie Vacha 4, Savannah Walker 3, and Danyele Ysac 3.

Individual scores for Sidney: Sarah Mahr 30, Katelin Cole 10, Cody Rowley 5, Rachel Petik 2, Madisen Stafford 2, Emily Mahr 2, Ashley Stafford 1.

The boys game was an edge-of-your-seat. break out the heart medicine nail biter all the way to the last second as Joses Palomo nailed a three pointer to win the game by one. Gering started out the first quarter behind by one as Sidney led 15-14. The Bulldogs got into the grove in the second frame leading the Red Raiders 26-18. The Dawgs went into the locker room with a comfortable seven point 40-33 lead.

Perhaps G-Town got a bit too comfortable as they seemed to have lost some momentum in the second half. Sidney outscored Gering 19-18 in the third and 17-13 in the fourth. It just seemed that Gering could not buy a bucket for anything and the lead dwindled and Sidney’s Logan Lewis put one in that gave Sidney a 69-68 lead with about 15 seconds to go.

The Dawgs took it down the court and began to pass the ball around. Palomo ended up with the ball and a couple of seconds left. Palomo fired off from the three-point range and swished it in for the win. The Gering student section stormed the court in celebration of arguably the most exciting Gering basketball game this season.

“Wow, exciting game. We played about as good as we could at times in the game,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “The second quarter specifically we outscored them 26-18, that is probably our best quarter of the year. We had a comfortable lead going into the last part of the game. We kind of gave up some stuff and turned it over a few times down. We had to make a winning shot at the buzzer to pull it out. Definitely a close contest. For stats we had Christian Groskopf with 12 rebounds, Grant Olsson with 11 rebounds, and Taylor Nelson with 10 rebounds. We out rebounded Sidney 37-22, which was a pretty important part of the game. We shot really well, it was a close contest, and we managed to pull it out. We should have never made it come down to that last shot if we had just taken care of the ball in the last minute we could have won by six or eight but that is not the way the game turned out. We will take the win definitely, it was almost a miracle shot, he was off balance and being guarded, it looked a lot easier going in than it did when it left his hand. It was a tough shot to make but Joses has made a lot of those shots in his life, I guess I would rather have him shooting it from there than anybody.”

Individual scores for Gering: Grant Olsson 19, Joses Palomo 17, Christian Groskopf 16, Austin Hoffman 14, Taylor Nelson 3, and Isaiah Wilson 2.

The Gering boys are now 14-5 on the season. The girls are 11-9 on the season. Up next is the east-west shootout on today, Friday, and Saturday. The boys stay home and the girls go on the road; however, they play the same opponents at the same times (girls times are central). Opponents are Lexington at 7 p.m. on Thursday, McCook at 7 p.m. on Friday, and North Platte at 12:30p.m. Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs started Thursday’s game against Ogallala by dominating the Indians 18-4 in the first frame. The second period Ogallala matched Gering point for point at 11-11. The halftime break saw Gering still enjoying a 14 point 29-15 lead.

The third quarter saw both teams slump, but Gering added to their lead as they led the scoring 8-5. The Lady Bulldogs closed the game by leading Ogallala 14-10 in the fourth quarter for a final score of 51-30.

“I think it was the most complete four quarters we played this year,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “We did a nice job of jumping out in the first quarter 18-4 right away. It was nice to see us come out and throw the first punch in the first quarter. The girls kept the lead in most of the game. I thought they got back within nine at one time. We called a time out, regrouped, and kept playing. The girls did a nice job of holding them off. It was a great four quarters for us tonight.”

Individual scores for Gering: Kaylee Spreier 12, Danyele Ysac 10, Allie Vacha 9, Savannah Walker 6, Ashlyn Schultz 6, Katie O’Boyle 4, Toni Rosado 2, Kayla Todd 2.

Individual scores for Ogallala: Jenna Paloucek 15, Amanda Kroeger 5, Maaika Mestl 3, Jenson Geisert 3, Katie Cipperley 2, Sophia Arensdorf 2.

The boys took to the court to face Ogallala next and started off strong in the first quarter leading the Ogallala Indians 19-8. The second quarter saw the Bulldogs get better on both offense and defense as they outscored the Indians 22-6. The Dawgs enjoyed a significant 27 point lead as they hit the locker room 41-14.

The third period saw Gering continuing to pour on the offense as they led 23-12. The final frame saw Ogallala make up a little ground as the Indians outscored the Bulldogs 10-9. Gering notched the win in a fun game to watch at 73-36. The game was a bit unusual as Gering never took a timeout during the entire contest.

“We played well; we had a lot of good defense,” Gering player Isaiah Wilson said. “Everybody played well; it was a good team effort. That’s how we need to play all the time and we are capable of doing that. That is something we need to do on a regular basis.”

Individual scores for Gering: Christian Groskopf 17, Grant Olsson 13, Joses Palomo 11, Brent Barge 10, Isaiah Wilson 9, Austin Hoffman 5, Riley Haug 2, Kraiger Ebbers 2, Esai Hernandez 2, Taylor Nelson 2.

Individual scores for Ogallala: Jared Jaeger 14, Dakota Deebs 5, Jordan Cogdill 4, Ethan Schilz 4, Alex Ewert 4, Brittan Hoppens 3, Dylan Folchert 2.

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