Bayard earns first-round wins in Tigers’ initial MAC tournament
     2015-01-22      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
The Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament has a full bracket this year after Bayard joined the MAC, along with its longtime affiliation with the Western Trails Conference.
And both Tiger teams made good in the opening games at the first of their two conference tournaments over the next three weeks.

The Bayard boys, the MAC’s No. 2 boys’ seed, opened play Tuesday night with a 56-39 victory at home over No. 7 seed Banner County.
The Tiger girls, the MAC’s No. 4 seed, rolled past No. 5 Garden County 70-25 at Bayard on Monday night.

The Bayard girls (5-8) move on to Thursday’s 3 p.m. semifinal game at the Sidney Middle School Auditorium against No. 1 seed Potter-Dix. The Coyotes (10-2) scored a 57-25 win over Minatare (0-10) on Monday.
Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. girls’ semifinal matches No. 2 seed Leyton (5-7) against No. 3 seed Creek Valley (5-6). Leyton advanced with a 42-32 victory over Banner County, while Creek Valley scored a 58-34 win over South Platte (1-9).

For Bayard (5-8), the Tigers took command with identical first- and second-quarter scores of 20-4. The visiting Eagles (2-7) scored 10 points in the third quarter but still trailed 58-18. Bayard finished the game with a 12-7 run in the fourth period.

Senior Chellani Parriott led four Tigers in double figures with 22 points. Junior Miah Vera followed with 17 points, junior Kaylie Fiscus scored 11 and junior Jessi Smith added 10.
In girls’ action at Dalton, Banner County made up a 29-point deficit after three quarters with a 21-2 fourth-quarter run, but Leyton had too much on the Wildcats and took the 42-32 victory.

The Warriors had 11 players take the court while Banner County (2-11) had just five for the entire game.
Despite the Wildcats’ loss, junior Paige Cross had a solid game with a contest-high 10 points and eight rebounds, hitting 6 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Leyton’s highest scorers were Kaitlyn Berner with nine points and senior Shaela Jenkins with eight.
Thursday’s girls’ semifinal winners will meet for the championship on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Sidney. The consolation game will be played Saturday at 3 p.m.

In the boys’ bracket, Bayard (8-4) will play No. 3 Leyton (7-5) in the semifinals after the Warriors scored a 73-56 first-round win over No. 6 Creek Valley (3-8) at Dalton. That semifinal game will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at Sidney Middle School.

In defeating Banner County (2-10), Bayard got 15 points from senior Justin Baird and 13 from senior Phil Schuller. The Tigers began the game with an 18-13 first-quarter run.
After the Wildcats cut the halftime margin to three, Bayard went on a 16-7 flurry in the third quarter to take a 45-33 lead en route to its 17-point win.

In other first-round boys’ action Tuesday, top-seeded Minatare (10-0) rolled to a 61-19 home win over No. 8 South Platte (1-9), while No. 5 Potter-Dix (5-7) came away from Oshkosh with a 53-39 win over No. 4 Garden County (3-6). Minatare and Potter-Dix will meet in Thursday’s 4:45 p.m. semifinal game.

The semifinal winners will advance to the championship game on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Sidney. The consolation game will be played Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

Morrill girls advance in Panhandle tourney

The Panhandle Conference Tournament also got under way with girls’ action Monday and boys’ contests Tuesday.
The No. 3 seed Morrill girls improved to 8-6 Monday with a 48-31 win over Edgemont, S.D., 34-25. The Lions led 22-16 at halftime and extended their lead to 12 with an 11-5 run in the third quarter.
Sophomore Jessica Harvey led the Lions with 18 points, six steals and four assists along with five rebounds, and classmate Jada West followed with 10 points with five rebounds. Junior Leanne Sherrod led Morrill on the boards with nine.

Morrill moves into Friday’s 5:30 p.m. semifinal game against No. 2 seed Crawford (12-2) when tournament action reconvenes in Hay Springs.

In Monday’s other first-round game, Hay Springs held Sioux County scoreless in the first and third quarters on the Hawks’ way to scoring a 39-15 victory.

The win for Hay Springs (5-7) set up a semifinal matchup Friday against No. 1 seed Hemingford (10-2) at 2 p.m. on the Hawks’ home court.

In Tuesday’s boys’ first-round games, No. 3 seed Morrill (5-8) played host to No. 6 seed Hay Springs (2-9). The score was unavailable as of deadline late Tuesday night.
The Lions-Hawks winner will play in Friday’s 7:15 p.m. semifinal game against No. 2 seed Sioux County (9-2).

In Tuesday’s other first-round contest, No. 4 Crawford rolled past No. 5 Edgemont 61-41. The Rams (6-8) will take on No. 1 seed Hemingford (10-1) in Friday’s 3:45 p.m. semifinal game.
Saturday’s finals at Hay Springs will have the girls’ fifth-place game at 10 a.m., the boys’ fifth-place game at 11:45 a.m., the girls’ third-place game at 1:30 p.m. and the boys’ third-place game at 3:15 p.m.

The championship games will begin at 5 p.m. with the girls’ contest and 6:45 p.m. for the boys’ game.

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