Gering basketball teams suffer mid-season slump
     2015-01-22      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering senior Kaylee Spreier puts up a 15-foot shot against Casper Kelly Walsh in the teams’ game on Saturday night in Casper, Wyo. The host Trojans defeated Spreier and the visiting Bulldogs 58-43. 
The Gering boys and girls basketball teams fell this week to Wyoming opponents. The girls lost at Cheyenne East 56-16 on Thursday and lost on Saturday at Casper Kelly Walsh 58-43. The boys hosted Casper Kelly Walsh on Saturday and lost 70-40.

The Lady Bulldogs gave Casper Kelly Walsh a run for their money on Saturday as the game was actually much closer than the score indicates. Gering was looking to break a seven-game losing streak but first had to take a three hour road trip to Casper. G-Town was bitten again by the injury bug on Saturday as sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack went down in warm ups with a sprained ankle, adding to Allie Vacha and Jade Riedel who are already hurt.

Gering opened the first quarter against the Trojans with a significant 12-6 lead and fans were hopeful for the first win since Dec. 16. The second period was promising as well as Gering outscored Kelly Walsh 16 to 15 giving the girls a 7 point 28 to 21 lead at the half.

The Trojans changed up their strategy during the half time break and came out in the third frame stunning the Dawgs 14-4 erasing the Gering half time lead by 3. The Trojans continued the onslaught in the fourth with a 23-11 final quarter for a final score of 58-43 in favor of the Trojans.

“I thought we played our best basketball of the season in the first half tonight,” Coach Adam Freeburg said. “We were breaking press tremendously and getting open shots out of it. We just need to be able to put that together over the course of an entire game. We will look to get better next week at practice and be prepared to face a very good Chadron team next Friday.”

Senior Ashlyn Schultz took top scoring honors with 19 points including 5 three pointers and 4 of 6 free throws. Senior Kaylee Spreier was next with 7 points including 3 of 3 free throws. Senior Sam Rahmig, junior Katie Martindale, junior Allie Boggs, and sophomore Mariah Conn each had 4 points. Senior Dakota Wademan had 1 point.

The Bulldog boys had the privilege of playing at home on Saturday hoping to get a win. Kelly Walsh took control in the first quarter, outscoring G-Town 12-9. Gering stepped up the defense in the second frame but so did the Trojans as they took the period 8-6.

The Dawgs went into the locker room 5 points down with Kelly Walsh leading 20-15. This still made it a two bucket game for Gering if they could get it together. Casper exploded in the third quarter outpacing Gering 22-10. The Bulldogs had their best quarter of the night in the fourth with 15 points. Unfortunately, so did the Trojans, who scored 28. The final buzzer sounded with Gering losing 70-40.

“The score was 20-15 at half, but they outscored us 50-25 in the second half,” Gering boys coach Randy Plummer said. “They were much bigger than us and used that size to outrebound us and made it difficult for us to get the ball inside. We were 1-4 from the free throw line and they were 16-21. Our next game is Friday v Chadron.”
Senior Joses Palomo took top scoring honors at 15 points. Senior Esai Hernandez was next in line with 7 points. Sophomore Alex Duncan had 5 points. Junior Austin Hoffman had 4 points. Senior Sonny Salazar had 3 points. Sophomore Christian Rogers, senior Kraiger Ebbers and freshman Tyler Pszanka each had 2 points.

The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Cheyenne to play the East High School Thunderbirds on Thursday with the Thunderbirds coming out on top 56-16. The Dawgs got off to a bad start with East taking the first frame 22-6. The slaughter continued into the second period with the Thunderbirds outscoring G-Town 17-4 and the half buzzer sounded with Gering facing a 29 point hole as Cheyenne led 39-10. Things got worse as Gering failed to score at all in the third quarter while the Thunderbirds added 13 more to the total. Gering took the fourth quarter 6-4 but it was already over before they got that far.

“Cheyenne East is by the far the best team that we have played this year,” Coach Freeburg said. “Coach Horsley does a tremendous job with his girls and they are the best team in the state of Wyoming for a reason. I thought our girls did a nice job of hanging together and not getting down on themselves. This group will continue to fight.”

Spreier was the top scorer with 5 points. Rahmig had 3 points. Sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack, Boggs, Mariah Conn and Wademan each had 2 points.
The Gering boys are now 6-5 on the season and will play two home games this weekend with Chadron on Friday and Scottsbluff on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs are now 3-10 on the season and will face Chadron on Friday. Both teams will host Torrington on Tuesday.

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