Gering boys get big win over Chadron
     2014-12-25      By Philip Eckerberg   
The Gering boys picked up a big road win in Chadron Saturday with a 66-57 win against the Chadron Cardinals, avenging a loss from earlier in the season. The Lady Bulldogs suffered a loss to Chadron 51-35.
Gering had an early 16-9 lead over Chadron when the first period ended. Chadron fought back in the second frame, but the Dawgs outscored the Cardinals 15-14. At halftime, Gering was holding a 31-23 lead.

Gering turned in a 17-12 third-quarter performance with 9 Joses Palomo points. Chadron bested the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter 22-18 but it was too little too late. Gering held on to get the 66-57 victory over a Cardinal team that had beaten the Scottsbluff Bearcats the night before.

“Absolutely phenomenal” is how Coach Randy Plummer described the players’ performance. “We played them two weeks ago and lost to them by 11 so to come up here and beat them in that gym is phenomenal. We have improved so much and it was a fun night. Joses (Palomo) led us tonight. He decided that instead of shooting threes he was going to take it up the hole and he created a lot of offense and he was our leading scorer.”

Palomo was the leading scorer with 22 points. Junior Austin Hoffman had 13, Senior Esai Hernandez had 12, Freshman Tyler Pszanka had 9, Junior Brent Barge had 7, and Senior Kraiger Ebbers closed out the scoring with 3.

Coach Plummer was in an awkward position last Tuesday night. He had to play against his alma mater Bridgeport having graduated from there in 1973. Bridgeport boys are a good team highly ranked in their class. Gering’s boys handed Plummer a 53-47 win but the game was much closer than the score indicates. Gering outscored Bridgeport 17-13 in the first frame and 14-7 in the second period to take a 31-20 lead into the locker room. Bridgeport began a comeback in the third quarter outscoring G-Town 18-14 and again in the fourth 9-8.

Bridgeport closed to within 3 points but Gering held on for the win.
“It was a big win for us,” Coach Plummer said. “They are a good team and they out rebounded the heck out of us. They came out ready to play in the second half more than we did and we spent the rest of the second half on our heels trying to hold them off.”

Hoffman took top scorer honors with 18 points. Barge was runner up with 12.Palomo and Pszanka had 8, Ebbers 5, and Hernandez 2.

Chadron gets the best of Lady Bulldogs

The Lady Bulldogs opened the game with a good 19-12 first quarter. Unfortunately the first quarter was more then half of Gering’s score for the game. Chadron bested G-Town 11-5 in the second frame and the ladies hit the locker room with a slim 24-23 lead.

Gering could not get the momentum back from Chadron in the third
period as Chadron added 13 more points to Gering’s 5. The Dawgs scored 6 in the final frame but gave up 15 to the Cardinals for a final score of 51-35.

“Overall I was pleased with our game against Chadron, they are a really good team,” said Coach Adam Freeburg. “Honestly, overall, I felt it was our best game all season, especially the first half. We came out the first quarter and second quarter and played really well. It was really nice to see that all the hard work we had in practice really paid off.”

Three Lady Bulldogs tied for top scorers at 8: senior Allie Vacha, sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack and senior Kaylee Spreier. Junior Allie Boggs had 6, senior Ashlyn Schultz 3, and sophomore Mariah Conn 2.
The Gering Lady Bulldogs did pick up a 51-25 win last Tuesday in a first ever meeting with the Bridgeport Bulldogs. Gering held Bridgeport in the first frame 12-6. Gering seconded that 14-8 in the next period and took the half time break with a commanding 26-14 lead. Gering dominated in the third quarter 12-3 and finished with a 13-8 fourth frame for the win.

Spreier took top scorer honors with 18 points. Vacha was next with 14, Schultz 4, freshman Victoria Schwartz 7, sophomore Courtney Conn 4, junior Jade Riedel 2, and Boggs 2.

The boys enter the holiday break with a five game win streak and a 5-2 record. The girls are 3-4. Both teams will see action next at the Sidney Holiday Tournament on Jan. 2, 2015.

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