Area basketball round-up
     2014-12-25      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Chadron boys hold off Scottsbluff; Bearcat girls fall

CHADRON – That the Chadron boys’ basketball team handed undefeated Scottsbluff its first loss of the season Friday night might be considered an upset to most.

But the Cardinals have proven their own mettle during the early part of the season, and by clamping down on the Bearcats’ versatile and potent offense, Chadron held on to upend Scottsbluff 56-55.

“Just defensive breakdowns,” said Scottsbluff boys’ coach Tony Siske, whose team had won its first six straight games in a pair of three-day tournaments. “They just executed really well. They ran their over and over and over until we broke down, and then they took advantage.”

Both teams shot well, with Chadron hitting 50 percent from the floor (22-for-44) and Scottsbluff hitting 20 of 42 shots (47.6 percent).
Sophomore guard Dru Kuxhausen and Harris were the game’s leading scorers with 18 and 16 points respectively, while senior Taylor Wild led the Cardinals (5-2) with 14 and senior Vonsinh Sayaloune added 10.

The Bearcats return to action Monday in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament, which this year takes place in Hastings. Siske said besides an always strong Norfolk team, he expects to see a lot of parity in the tournament.

“We have to execute better, and we have to work each harder at practice,” Siske said. “We have to push each other and just keep working to get better.”

In the girls’ game, Chadron cruised to a 58-35 victory thanks to a 25-13 start in the first half and holding Scottsbluff (2-2) to just 30 percent shooting for the night.

“The girls played really hard,” Bearcat girls’ coach Rachel Larson said. “That’s never in question, they always do. We did not shoot very well, but credit that to Chadron’s defense. A two-week layoff could have been a factor, but we just had a tough time putting the ball in the basket.”

Scottsbluff’s scoring leader was junior Aly Camacho with nine points and she also pulled down seven rebounds. Both juniors Chesney Walker and Zoe Holscher added seven points, and Holscher, junior Chloey Reifschneider and sophomore Rudi Salazar had two steals apiece.

Chadron sophomore Jaydn McCartney led all scorers with 14 points. Junior guard Jayden Garrett tallied 13 and senior Ashley Hills added 11. The Cardinals improved to 6-1 on the season with a 51-35 win Saturday over Gering.

Seedings for the GNAC Tournament were announced after the Citizen’s early Christmas week press time Monday, but Larson said she was hoping the Bearcats could fall somewhere in the middle of the eight-team pack.

“In all honesty, we shouldn’t be the eighth seed,” said Larson, whose team last year was winless in the conference tournament. “I think we’re significantly better than last year.”

Mitchell boys get first win in Tigers’ sweep at Morrill

In some of the final action before most county-area teams will take breaks of two to three weeks of play, Mitchell pulled off a doubleheader sweep Saturday over home-standing Morrill.

For the Tiger boys, their 55-38 win was the first of the season after losing the first six games. The Mitchell girls also had a decisive win, a 69-45 victory over the host Lions.

The Mitchell boys fell behind 7-0 before they scored eight straight to finish the first quarter on top by one. Then the Tigers (1-6) scored double digits in each quarter afterward while holding the Lions (4-3) to under 10 in each period.

Senior Antonio Barrios led Mitchell’s victory charge with 19 points, while sophomore Joe Pieper followed with 12 and junior Colby Eberspecher added 11.

Morrill had nobody score in double figures and were led by senior Jorge Lara’s nine points.

In the girls’ game, Mitchell (4-3) used a 26-14 run in the second quarter to secure a halftime lead of 39-25 and never looked back.
The Tigers got a game-high 19 pints from senior McKenna Zulkowski, 13 apiece by senior Kady Lower and sophomore Celeste Cardona and 12 from freshman Jori Peters.

Morrill (4-3) got 14 points from sophomore Jessica Harvey and 12 apiece from Leanne Sherrod and Bailee Steiner.
Before they scored their sweep over Morrill on Saturday, both Mitchell teams suffered setbacks to Southeast at Yoder, Wyo.
In the boys’ game, the Cyclones downed the Tigers 67-56 thanks to 28 points by senior Garrett Murphy.

Two other Southeast players joined Murphy in double figures in scoring. David Becker added 16 points and Jeff Burroughs netted 15.
Barrios ripped 21 points for Mitchell, with Pieper adding 14 and Eberspecher following with 12.

The Mitchell girls were downed 51-33 at Southeast. Statistics were not available for the Tigers.

Morrill sweeps at Edgemont; Lion girls down Hay Springs
Last Tuesday, the Morrill girls got a 50-38 win over Hay Springs, thanks to Harvey’s 15-point, game-high effort.
Stefanie Tarin added eight points for Morrill, which jumped out to a 19-7 first-quarter lead in downing the visiting Hawks (1-4).
The Morrill boys, despite having three players score in double figures, fell to Hay Springs 55-47 in a game the Hawks (1-4) earned their first win.

Lara led the Lions with 17 points and senior Victor Valles adding 12 points, with each sinking three 3-point shots. Junior Ryan McMackin followed with 11 points, and junior Josh Harvey had a team-high six rebounds.

The Lions got a Panhandle Conference sweep on Friday at Edgemont, S.D., with the girls winning 43-26 and the boys taking a 55-46 victory.

The Morrill girls trailed 8-6 after the first quarter but took command with a 14-8 run in the second quarter for a 20-16 lead. The Lions then outscored the Moguls (1-3) by five, 15-10, in the third period and blanked Edgemont in the fourth, 8-0, to earn the 17-point win.

Harvey paced Morrill with 10 points as the game’s lone double-figure scorer. Jada West followed with nine points.
The Morrill boys led 28-25 at halftime and broke the game open with a 17-7 third-quarter flurry to lead 45-32. Edgemont (0-3) tightened the final margin to nine, but the Lions fended off the Moguls to win. No individual statistics were available for Morrill.

Bayard sweeps Garden County, splits at Kimball

Bayard senior Chellani Parriott opened the Tigers’ doubleheader sweep Friday of Garden County with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Bayard girls to a 44-21 win over the visiting Eagles.

Junior Miah Vera followed with 14 points for the Tigers, who fended off a pesky Eagle team (1-3) that trailed just 20-18 at halftime. However, Bayard allowed Garden County just three second-half points, outscoring the Eagles 13-2 in the third quarter and 11-1 in the fourth to take the lopsided victory.

In the boys’ game, the Tigers got 13 points by senior Bryce Hargens and 11 from senior Phil Schuller in rolling to their 54-33 victory.
Bayard led 15-7 after the first quarter and built its advantage to 28-16 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Tigers outscored Garden County (2-3 on the year) 19-6 for a 47-22 lead heading into the last period.

On Saturday, the Bayard boys scored a 65-56 win at Kimball, while the Tiger girls fell to the host Longhorns 76-51.
In the boys’ game, Bayard (4-2) built a 21-11 lead after one quarter and still led by 10 at halftime. Kimball (3-3) could finish no closer than eight by game’s end.

Schuller led the Tigers’ charge with 16 points that included four 3-pointers. Senior Justin Baird followed with 14 points and Hargens added 10. Kimball got 16 points from senior Michael Ferguson and 14 from junior Tyler Magninie.

In the girls’ game, Kimball (4-2) rode Danika Daum’s 21-point outing to a victory in which the Longhorns turned a 32-29 halftime lead into a route. Bayard’s (3-4) leading scorers were not available from the game.

Banner County swept by Leyton, Creek Valley

Neither Banner County team could get past their opposition last weekend, with the Wildcats getting swept at home Friday by Leyton and on the road Saturday against Creek Valley at Chappell.

The Banner County boys put up a good fight Friday night at Harrisburg against Leyton, but the Warriors (3-4) outscored the Wildcats by 14-9 margins in both the second and third quarters to take the 48-40 win.
Despite the loss, Banner County got a double-double from senior Tyson Dahlgrin of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while senior Mike McKown added 14 points and five boards.

In the girls’ game, Wildcat freshman MaKenna Dahlgrin had a double-double and was the co-leader in scoring, but Leyton (3-4) proved the dominant opponent in taking a 60-33 win home to Dalton.
Dahlgrin had 13 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals. She shared scoring honors with Leyton junior Diedra Waite. Senior Ashlynne Hanan added nine points and eight rebounds for Banner County.

The Banner County boys gave Creek Valley another good run but were dealt a 46-36 loss. Tyson Dahlgrin finished with 15 points and senior Kaden Huber added 13 for the Wildcats, while Creek Valley (3-3) also had a 15-point leader in sophomore Brett Godfrey while junior Colin Brott added 10.

Dahlgrin led the Wildcats with nine rebounds and senior Bryce Olsen grabbed eight boards.

The Creek Valley girls got a huge boost from sophomore Jessie Straber and a triple-double in the Storm’s 63-22 downing of Banner County.
Straber had 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals for Creek Valley (2-4). Senior teammate Jill Behrends added 12 points that included three 3-pointers.

Hanan led Banner County (1-4) in scoring with 10 points, while
MaKenna Dahlgrin had a team-high five rebounds to go with five points. Sophomore Savannah Jordan had a team-high three steals and junior Taylor Evans made two blocks.

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