Bulldog girls earn runner up at B-6 District Tournament
     2014-03-06      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering junior Allie Vacha soars to the basket as teammate Danyele Ysac and Sidney opponents eye the play. The Bulldogs ended their season in the district final against the Raiders on Friday night at Cougar Palace with a 14-12 record.  
The Gering Lady Bulldogs earned the runner up Friday night after losing a heartbreaker to the Sidney Red Raiders 45-43. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the McCook Bison on Thursday night 60-48 to earn a trip to the championship game.

The girl’s class B-6 district basketball tournament got underway on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at WNCC’s Cougar Palace. The opening game was between the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats and the Alliance Bulldogs. Alliance ended up on top with a 59-53 win over Scottsbluff. Scottsbluff ended their season 2-20. Alliance advanced to play the Sidney Lady Raiders on Thursday night at Cougar Palace. Sidney defeated Alliance 48-36 to advance to the district championship. Alliance ended their season 5-17.

The Gering Lady Bulldogs took on the McCook Bison on Thursday winning the game 60-48. Gering’s Allie Vacha opened the scoring in the first quarter with a three-pointer and gave Gering the lead, a lead that they never gave up. Gering dominated the first quarter 16-5 and it looked like a long night for McCook. McCook did not give up and poured on the full court press, a tactic that Gering never needed to employ. McCook gained a little ground in the second frame by outscoring Gering 11-10. Gering still enjoyed a 10-point 26-16 lead at the half time break.

The Bulldogs came back in the third quarter and increased the lead by five more points outscoring the Bison 16-11 giving the Dawgs a 15-point 42-27 lead with just eight minutes left on the clock. McCook made a run at Gering in the fourth lead by Brenliegh Daum who scored 10 of 21 McCook points in the fourth frame compared to a total of 18 Gering points. The end of the game saw the Bulldogs with the lead and simply playing keep away from the Bison. The Bison employed the strategy of deliberate fouling to try and get the ball back. The strategy did not work as all it did was give Gering free throws and they sunk eight out of 10. The final buzzer sounded with Gering taking the win 60-48.

“Overall I was pleased with our defensive effort,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “We had some big baskets on offense, but I was pleased with the girls’ ability to execute our defensive game plan. We knew they had a whole bunch of really good defensive shooters, we got hands up on shooting, and we boxed out well. I was really happy with our defensive effort tonight.”

Individual scores for Gering: Allie Vacha 17, Kaylee Sprier 14, Savannah Walker 13, Katie O’Boyle 8, Ashlyn Schultz 4, Toni Rosado 4.

Individual scores for McCook: Brenleigh Daum 21, Molly Sughraue 10, Tiarra Schmidt 9, Paige Terry 2, Alaini Priebe 2, Maddi Garcia 2, Morgan Felker 2.

Friday night saw the Lady Bulldogs take on the Sidney Red Raiders at WNCC’s Cougar Palace. The Dawgs and Raiders exchanged blows evenly in the first frame and ended the period tied at 7. G-Town took off in the second quarter led by Savannah Walker who had 10 of Gering’s 16 points including two treys and two deuces against Sidney’s 10 points. The Lady Bulldogs hit the locker room for the half time break with a 6 point 23-17 lead.

Gering increased the lead to 7 by the end of the third frame outscoring Sidney 12-11 including treys by Walker and Allie Vacha. Gering had a 12-point lead early in the final quarter but then Sidney began a rally led by Sarah Mahr with 8 points including the tying and winning buckets in the closing seconds of the game. The fourth quarter was the only one that Sidney outscored Gering but at 17-8 it was enough, Gering was unable to get back up again and Sidney won 45-43.

“It was tough,” Coach Freeburg said. “The girls fought hard, they just made one more play than we did. It’s a tough one to swallow, the kids fought hard all season, the seniors fought all season long. They really gave a good example for our younger girls, it’s tough and our seniors will be missed.”

G-Town girls ended the season with a winning record of 14-12. The future looks bright for Gering Lady Bulldog’s basketball. There will be five seniors next year along with some promising and talented underclassmen. Expect to see great things next year and beyond.

Individual scores for Gering: Savannah Walker 18, Allie Vacha 11, Kaylee Spreier 7, Ashlyn Schultz 3, Toni Rosado 2, Katie O’Boyle 2.

Individual scores for Sidney: Katelin Cole 16, Sarah Mahr 13, Abbi Porter 6, Cody Rowley 6, Ashley Stafford 2, Savanna Rosenbaum 2.

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