Gering boys earn second in Cabela’s Holiday Tournament
     2015-01-08      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering senior Allie Vacha puts up a shot against a wall of Hershey defenders, while Bulldog teammates Allie Boggs (No. 32) and Kaylee Bohnsack (No. 20) set for play during the teams’ first-round game in Hunters Division action of the Cabela’s Holiday Classic in Sidney on Friday. Hershey gained the win 52-41. 
The Gering boys picked up a win in the Cabela’s Holiday Classic in Sidney against Hershey 62-22 on Friday followed by a 74-57 loss against Laramie, Wyo. on Saturday.
The Gering girls suffered double losses, falling to Hershey 52-41 on Friday and losing to Laramie 44-35.

The Gering boys took control of Hershey right away outscoring them 17-6 in the first quarter. Gering continued to roll in the second frame with a 13-5 performance. G-Town entered the locker room with a 30-11 lead.
Gering’s defense was strong in the third period allowing just one bucket by Hershey while the Bulldog offense earned 13.

Hershey had their best performance in the final frame with 9 points while Gering mustered 19. The 62-22 win gave Gering a six game win streak.
Every Bulldog player scored. Senior Joses Palomo led the way with 11 points. Junior Brent Barge and junior Austin Hoffman tied at 8 points apiece. Sophomore Alex Duncan had 6. Sophomore Trey Winkler, sophomore Tanner Wengler, senior Kraiger Ebbers, and senior Esai Hernandez each had 5 points. Freshman Tyler Pszanka had 4. Sophomore Dylan Radzymski and sophomore Cristian Rogers had 2 points. Junior Sonny Salazar had 1 point.

“We executed really well, everybody scored, and we got everyone in the game,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “It was a good way to take care of a team that was a little bit outmatched; but, you have to take care of them and you still have to beat them. It was nice that everybody scored and everybody contributed that is what helps to build a good team.”

The boys played the Laramie Plainsmen on Saturday for the Hunters Division championship. Unlike on Friday Gering started out flat on Saturday being outscored by Laramie 18-11 in the first quarter and 17-9 in the second. The Bulldogs hit the locker room with a 15 point 35-20 deficit.

G-Town fought back in the third frame matching Laramie at 20 points. They did not lose any ground but did not gain any either. Gering finished the final quarter with a slight deficit 19-17. The final effort was not enough as the Bulldogs fell to the Plainsmen 74-57.

“We got off to a bad start, got behind, and fought back a couple of times and got to within 5 or 7 points,” Coach Plummer said. “Laramie made a lot of 3 point shots. The first half we went into the locker room down by 15. The second half we played even with them but by that time we were just far enough behind that we couldn’t catch them. Laramie shot really well and we couldn’t stop them.”

Hoffman led Gering with 18 points. Palomo and Hernandez each had 9 points. Ebbers had 7 points. Winkler and Pszanka each had 5. Duncan and Radzymski each had 2.

Lady Bulldogs see tough competition

The girls had a rough weekend, losing both games in Sidney. The Lady Bulldogs started strong outscoring Hershey 10-7 in the first frame on Friday. Hershey bounced back in the second quarter posting a 17-13 besting of Gering. The halftime buzzer sounded with G-Town down by one 24-23.
Gering seamed to run out of steam while Hershey was energized and outscored Gering 11-7 in the third and 17-11 in the fourth. Hershey got the win 52-41.

“We started really well in the first half, we moved the ball really well against their zone, and we hit shots,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “In the second half we just couldn’t get those same shots to fall. We got really good shots close to the basket, we just couldn’t buy a basket in the second half. Hershey did nice job of beating our man to man in the second half. We have got to do a better job of playing man to man defense. If we had made some of those shots it would be a different game.”

Senior Ashlyn Schultz dominated the scoring for Gering with 18 points with four of them being 3 pointers and the rest free throws. Senior Kaylee Sprier had 9 points.

Junior Allie Boggs had 7. Sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack had 4 points. Senior Allie Vacha had 2 points. Sophomore Mariah Conn had 1 point.
The G-Town girls played Laramie on Saturday in the consolation round. Gering hung with the Plainsman in the first half; but, Laramie had a slight lead in the first quarter 6-5. Gering and Laramie tied the second quarter at 11. Gering faced half time with another 1 point deficit, Laramie led 17-16.
Gering again lost their momentum in the third quarter with Laramie adding 14 points to Gering’s 11. Laramie sealed the deal in the fourth with a 13-8 routing of Gering to get the win 44-35.

“It was one of those games where I thought it was a pretty even match between teams,” Coach Freeburg said. “They just got big baskets and big stops when they needed them and we ultimately did not. We have a JV tournament this week so we won’t get to practice with the whole team but the JV tournament is a positive because we will get to play our JV girls a lot more. Those games will help us get better. We will practice on Wednesday and Thursday to get ready for Sidney on Friday.”

Spreier was the point’s leader for Gering with 9. Vacha had 8 points. Ashlyn Schultz 3, senior Dakota Wademan and freshman Victoria Schwartz had 4 points each. Bohnsack had 3 points. Boggs and Mariah Conn each had 2.
The boys are now 6-3 and the girls are 3-6. Both teams face the Sidney Red Raiders at home on Friday night. Tip off for the girls is 5:30 and the boys tip off at 7 p.m.

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