Gering girls plan to maximize returning strength
     2014-12-18      By Kay Grote    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Members of the 2014-2015 Gering girls’ basketball team are, front row from left, Dakota Wademan, Allie Vacha, Ashlyn Schultz, and Sam Rahmig. Middle row from left, Katie Martindale, Jade Riedel, Destinie Savala, Leticia Ozuna, Allie Boggs, and Courtney Onstott. Back row from left, Victoria Schwartz, Alexis Robles, Jocyeln Nuss, Mariah Conn, Brianna Eckerberg, and Sydney Havengar. Not pictured are Courtney Conn, Kaylee Bohnsack and Madahi Garcia. The team is coached by Adam Freeburg with assistant coaches Shawna Quevedo, Justin Relka and Brett Moser.  
With the return of some key varsity players, the Gering Lady Bulldogs hope to counter the loss of a noted players from last years’ senior class and build on their respectable 14-12 record.

Coach Adam Freeburg, now in his 5th year as head of Gering’s girls’ basketball program, is looking at the talent, leadership and competitive desire from this year’s varsity starters to help build up the program. He and assistant coaches Shawna Quevedo, Justin Relka and Brett Moser will be molding a group of 32 players to continue as a force among the B6 District and Western Conference ranks.

“We do have some returners with quality varsity experience but there are also many girls that have not played much or at all on varsity that will be counted on heavily this season,” Freeburg said.

Returning varsity starters include 6-0 senior post and All-Western Conference player Kaylee Spreier who averages 10 points and 10 rebounds per game, 5-7 senior guard Allie Vacha with an average of 8 points and two steals per game, 5-4 senior Ashlyn Schultz with six points per game. Other varsity letter winners are 5-8 senior guard Sam Rahmig and 5-10 senior post Dakota Wademan. Freeburg will have plenty of talent on the bench to turn in a strong junior class of 5-10 Allie Boggs, 5-5 Destinie Savala, 5-9 Jade Riedel, and 5-9 Katie Martindale. From this core of reserves, Freeburg will be preparing for a late season run of wins as well as poising the team for future seasons.

Freeburg and the Lady Bulldogs will have plenty of opportunities to groom themselves on a tough season schedule that includes Sidney, who Gering battled to the wire before dropping an at-the-buzzer district championship title to the Lady Raiders. With many of the Lady Bulldogs back on the floor, Freeburg will be reloaded for another sharp aim at a district title run.

“As always, we hope to improve throughout the season and be playing our best at the district tournament,” Freeburg said. “All of our games are important, but obviously, we would like to play our best against our district opponents.”

Gering will have one more contest, Saturday, Dec. 20 at Chadron, before the twelve-day holiday break. They will return to action Jan. 2-3 at the two-day Sidney tournament.

Gering girls’ basketball schedule

Saturday, Dec. 20 at Chadron, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 2-3 at Sidney Tourn.
Friday, Jan. 9 Sidney, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 13 Scottsbluff, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 15 at Chey. E., 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17 at Casper Kelly Walsh, 5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 23 Chadron, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 27 Torrington, Wyo., 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 30 at Alliance, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31 Burns, Wyo, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Ogallalla, 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6 at Sidney, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12 McCook, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13 North Platte, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14 Lexington, 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20 at Scottsbluff, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 24, 26-27 Districts, TBA
Mar. 5-7 State at Lincoln

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