Bearcat girls break scoring record with big win
     2015-01-15      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Jim Headley/for the Citizen - Bearcat junior Chesney Walker fends off a steal attempt by a Hastings defender during the GNAC Tourney in Hastings over the holiday. Walker contributed 16 points toward the record-breaking score of 82-41, a new school record for the Bearcat girls’ highest scoring game, previously held at 80 from 1995. 
SCOTTSBLUFF – For nearly 20 years, Scottsbluff’s basketball record board in the Scottsbluff High School gymnasium has listed the girls’ game scoring record as 80 points.

The continuously improving Bearcat girls, winners of just two games last season and scorers of just 50 points or more just four times, started smelling that record from 1995 after they jumped out to a 51-17 halftime lead Friday night against Alliance.

Scottsbluff had 69 points after three quarters as part of a 12-0 run and had forced the 40-point running clock rule three minutes into the second half.

The Bearcats finished their scoring with a 6-0 run in the fourth quarter, capped by senior Aubree Ford’s basket with 1:48 to surpass the 20-year-old record and send Wood’s teammates into a celebration that resembled the clinching of a postseason tournament title.
Alliance finished the game with a 7-0 run to make the Bearcats’ victory count 82-41.

“This was, wow, really exciting,” said Scottsbluff coach Rachel Larson, whose team jumped out to a 23-3 lead after the first quarter thanks to some aggressive defense that resulted in a 16-0 run to finish the period.

The win was the fourth for Scottsbluff, which took a 4-4 record into Tuesday night’s game at Gering. And the point total was the fifth 50-plus outing for the Bearcats, who are still young with just two seniors in Ford and Kyra Willats.

“The way the kids have just responded and they just keep playing hard,” Larson said. “That’s what we need to do: play hard, win or lose.”
So, who knows how far Friday’s victory just might take Scottsbluff, this season and in the next few years?

“That’s what we’re really stressing is just playing the game of basketball and playing our style, which is fast,” Larson said. “We’re looking to make the tempo what we want to play it. The kids played beautifully tonight. It was awesome to watch.”

Junior Chloey Reifschneider led five Bearcats in double-figure scoring with 19 points. Classmate Chesney Walker followed with 16 points, while junior Aly Camacho added 15 points, sophomore Rudi Salazar scored 11 points and junior Zoe Holscher netted 10 points.
On the boards, Camacho and sophomore Sally Welsh collected seven rebounds apiece. Among the Bearcats’ 22 steals, Camacho, Ford and Willats had four thefts apiece. Willats also had a team-high three steals.

Alliance (1-8) was led by senior Kennedy Cyza and freshman MaKayla Davidson with eight points apiece.

Scottsbluff boys cruise to win at Alliance

ALLIANCE – The Bearcat boys improved to 9-2 on the season after their 60-40 win Friday night over host Alliance.
In the win, Scottsbluff coach Tony Siske’s 200th career victory, the Bearcats turned a 32-22 halftime lead into a more significant margin by holding the Bulldogs to just five points in the fourth quarter.
Scottsbluff sophomore Austin Clarkson led all scorers with 21 points, while senior Trent Harris followed with 17 points and sophomore Dru Kuxhausen added 11.

Jordan Mills led Alliance (2-7) with 19 points as the Bulldogs’ lone double-digit scorer.
Scottsbluff’s boys play host to Cheyenne East on Friday at 7 p.m., while the Bearcat girls will be at Cheyenne Central. The Scottsbluff girls will play host to Central at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, while the Bearcat boys pay a visit to Cheyenne East.

Both Scottsbluff teams will play host to Sidney on Jan. 23, and the Bearcat boys will be at Gering on Jan. 24.

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