Gering boys, girls fall to Sidney
     2015-01-15      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior Esai Hernandez pushes through an infestation of Sidney Raiders for 2 points while freshman teammate Tyler Pszanka eyes the action. Pszanka contributed 12 points to the game against Sidney, which ended in a 71-69 heartbreak for the host Bulldogs. 
The Bulldog basketball teams were swept by the Sidney Red Raiders on Friday night. The boys lost a heartbreaker 71-69 and the girls lost 44-29. Some key Gering players were out with injuries as the boys played without Joses Palomo and the girls lacked the services of Allie Vacha.

Gering boys started out the game with a 1-point lead at the end of the first frame as they outscored Sidney 18-17. Sidney stepped up the defense in the second period with a 23-12 besting of G-Town. The Bulldogs went into the locker room 10 points down 40-30.

Gering exploded as they opened the third period with nine unanswered points and after one Sidney free throw they tied the Red Raiders at 41. Gering closed the impressive period outscoring Sidney 20-13. The Dawgs were still in a three-point 53-50 hole going into the final frame.

The final quarter came down to the final second as Gering was in the lead 69-71. Sidney scored two free throws on a technical and then got a quick bucket to take a 71-69 lead. Senior Esai Hernandez tried for a three-pointer from beyond half court which nearly went in but just missed its mark and Sidney got the two-point 71-69 win.

Juniors Brent Barge and Austin Hoffman tied for lead scorer at 17 points. Hernandez had 13 points. Freshman Tyler Pszanka had 12 points. Senior Karaiger Ebbers and sophomore Christian Rogers each
had 5 points.

“I am proud of the guys,” Coach Randy Plummer said. “They didn’t give us a chance without Joses. Pszanka stepped in as a freshman and played as tough as he possibly could. They (Sidney) have some men inside and he’s a freshman in high school and Pszanka played great, all of them played great. Hernandez played great. They did everything that we asked of them they just didn’t get the shot at the end.”

The Lady Bulldogs’ game the first quarter was one of the lowest scoring frames of the season with Gering slightly ahead 4-3. The Red Raiders got their act together in the second frame taking a commanding lead with an 18-8 performance over Gering. The half time break saw Sidney leading G-Town 21-12.

Gering had their best quarter yet in the third with eight points, but still not enough to make up for Sidney’s 12 points. Sidney took the final frame 12-11 and the buzzer sounded with Sidney winning 44-29.
Senior Kaylee Spreier lead the Gering scoring with 8 points. Senior Ashlyn Schultz was second with 5 points. Junior Allie Boggs, and sophomore Mariah Conn had 4 points apiece. Senior Sam Rahmig, senior Dakota Wademan, junior Katie Martindale and sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack each had 2 points.

“We played great defense in the first quarter but we just couldn’t get our shots to fall and we didn’t get stops when we needed them in the 2nd half,” Coach Adam Freeburg said.
As of Friday the G-Town boys are now 6-4 and the girls are 3-7. The girls will play Scottsbluff on Tuesday. That story also appears in this issue. The boys will face Casper Kelly-Walsh at home on Saturday while the girls will take a road trip to Casper to play Kelly-Walsh.

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