Bulldogs sweep the Bearcats in exciting home contests
     2014-02-27      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior Grant Olsson takes aim while Bearcat junior Matthew Mickey tries to block during Saturday’s high energy battle at Gering. The Bulldogs prevailed 73-68. 
On Friday night the Bulldogs and Bearcats clashed in the dome at Gering High School. The Gering girls won 59-52 and the Gering boys won 73-68.

The girls were up first and it was a slow start as the first points came from a Scottsbluff trey nearly four minutes into the game. The teams picked it up as Scottsbluff took the lead in the first quarter outscoring Gering 14-10. The Bulldogs eased their way back into the game as they led the second period 16-12 for a 26 point tie game at half time.

The Dawgs took charge of the third period leading the Cats 14-8 for a six point lead going into the final frame. The Lady Bulldogs were challenged in the fourth quarter but were able to outscore the Bearcats 19-18, extending the lead by one to 7 for a final score of 59-52.

Individual scores for Gering: Kaylee Spreier 21, Allie Vacha 17, Ashlyn Schultz 8, Savannah Walker 6, Sam Rahmig 2, Toni Rosado 1.

Individual scores for Scottsbluff: Chloey Reifschneider 21, Aly Camacho13, Kelli Wentz 7, Chesney Walker 7, Aubree Ford 2, Shaylee Roseberry 2.

The boy’s teams took center stage for what would turn out to be an intense contest. The Bulldogs took the lead in the first quarter ending the period with a 22-14 lead and it looked like an easy night for the Dawgs. Not so fast said the Bearcats as they dominated the game in the second frame leading the Bulldogs 23-12. The end of the half saw Scottsbluff go into the locker room with a two point 36-34 lead over Gering.

Gering wasn’t ready to roll over and play dead just yet as the third quarter belonged to the Bulldogs when they outscored Scottsbluff 21-15 including a slam dunk by Christian Groskopf. The Cats challenged the Dawgs in the fourth but a couple of late treys by Riley Haug and Isaiah Wilson sealed the deal. The Bearcats were reduced to trying to foul the Bulldogs in the last minute in a desperate attempt to regain possession. The tactic did not work as free throws by Grant Olsson increased the lead. The final seconds ticked off and Gering took the win over Scottsbluff 73-68.

“I think it was great,” Gering’s Grant Olsson said of the win. “We went 10-0 at home so it’s the best feeling you could have.”

“It was one of the most excitingg games I have ever seen – and I was coaching,” Gering Coach Randy Plummer said. “The players took over in the second half and we ran a motion offense where they had to make decisions on what to do and how to score. Scottsbluff is a tough team to beat, they have a lot of offensive weapons that are just disastrous on defense. They cover a lot of ground. We prepared all year for this game and we were 10-0 at home. Our seven seniors went out of here with a victory over their rivals from across the river.”

Individual scores for Gering: Grant Olsson 21, Christian Groskopf 16, Austin Hoffman 14, Joses Palomo 9, Riley Haug 6, Isaiah Wilson 5, Taylor Nelson 2.

Individual scores for Scottsbluff: Trent Harris 29, Austin Clarkson 11, Dru Kuxhausen 8, Jackson Hinze 8, Landon Walker 5, Matthew Mickey 4, Dillon Hernandez 3.

The Gering girls are now 13-11 and will see the next action as the #2 seed in the Class B-6 district play off on Thursday Feb. 27 where they take on the McCook Bison in WNCC’s Cougar Palace at 6:30 p.m. The Scottsbluff girls 2-19 will have played their district game on Tuesday and it will be in the record books by the time you read this.

The Gering boys are now 18-5 and as the #1 seed will play their first Class B-6 district game on Monday March 3 at WNCC’s Cougar Palace at 5 p.m. against the winner of a previous McCook vs Alliance game. Scottsbluff boys are now 14-8 and will play Sidney on Monday at 6:30 following the Gering game.

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