Mitchell girls, boys score sweep over Torrington
     2015-01-22      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
MITCHELL — The Mitchell girls’ and boys’ basketball teams opened their games Friday night with strong starts and the Tigers scored a sweep over Torrington at Mitchell High School.

In the boys’ game, Mitchell senior Antonio Barrios scored 32 points, including 15 of the team’s 19 first-quarter points to help the Tigers to a decisive, 71-44 win over the Trailblazers.
The Tiger girls bolted out to a 22-8 first-quarter lead behind the play of senior McKenna Zulkoski and held on for a 53-40 win.

Zulkoski led Mitchell with 16 points and made seven assists. Senior Kady Lower followed with 14 points along with six rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Senior Aspen Reifschnieder finished with 10 points.

Kayla Frazier led Torrington with 13 points followed by Kostur with nine and Yannit Saucedo with eight.
The Mitchell boys started the game just like the girls. Barrios scored the first 13 points of the game as the Tigers ran to a 19-2 lead and led 19-5 after one period.

Torrington pulled to within 38-19 at halftime, but Mitchell kept playing strong in the second half, outscoring the Trailblazers 33-25, including leading 57-30 after three periods.
Barrios led all scorers with 32 points. Junior Colby Eberspecher also chipped in in 10 points.

Torrington was led in scoring by Trey Feessler with 12 points followed by Jace Canaday with 10.

Mitchell girls pull away from Bridgeport

On Saturday, the Mitchell girls basketball team used a big second half to pull away for another home win, 53-30 over Bridgeport.
After leading 19-17 at halftime, the Tigers (11-3) outscored the Bulldogs 34-13 in the second half.

Reifschneider led Mitchell in scoring with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Zulkoski and freshman Jori Peters followed with 10 points each.

Sophomore Celeste Cardona led the Tigers on the boards with 10 rebounds. Zulkoski grabbed eight boards and finished with five. Cardona also led the Tigers with five assists. Zulkoski and Peters both added four assists each.

Defensively for Mitchell, Peters finished with a team-high six steals. Cardona followed with five steals and Reifschneider finished with four.

Megan Dudden led Bridgeport in scoring with 12 points. Ashley Weborg added nine points for the Bulldogs (7-6).
The Mitchell boys were downed by visiting Bridgeport, 58-33.
Bridgeport junior Quentin Baxter led the Bulldogs with 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Senior Antonio Barrios scored 16 in leading Mitchell. Barrios and senior Alex Morales had five rebounds apiece.

The Tigers were 5-9 heading into their Tuesday game at Lingle-Fort Laramie, Wyo.

Banner County swept at Crawford

CRAWFORD – The Banner County boys had a two-point lead Friday after three quarters after the Wildcats shut out the host Rams 9-0 in the third quarter. However, Crawford used a 14-5 rally in the fourth to rally past Banner County 38-31.

Senior Tyson Dahlgrin had 13 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Wildcats, who were down 24-17 at halftime before turning in their third-quarter shutout run.

The Banner County girls gave a tough Crawford team a fight for one quarter before the Rams’ defense took over and rolled past the Wildcats,76-28.

Banner County, which trailed just 17-14 after the first eight minutes, was held to just 14 points the rest of the way, including a 25-4 Crawford run in the second quarter.
Wildcat freshman MaKenna Dahlgrin led Banner County with eight points, while senior Ashlynne Hanan and junior Paige Cross netted seven apiece.

Hemingford earns sweep over Bayard

HEMINGFORD — The host Hemingford Bobcats scored a Western Trails Conference sweep Friday night over the Bayard Tigers.
In the boys’ game, Hemingford senior Matthew Wood erupted for 34 points with five 3-pointers, leading the Bobcats to a 64-50 victory.
Hemingford (11-1) led by two at halftime but broke the game open with a 28-15 run in the third quarter for a 54-39 advantage that Bayard (7-4) was unable to overcome.

Wood finished the game shooting 12 of 24 from the field overall and was 5 of 6 at the foul line. He finished with a double-double as he also pulled down 11 rebounds.
Layne Huss added 10 points for the Bobcats, who shot 38 percent from the field and finished 13 of 23 at the free-throw line. Tanner Benge led the Bobcats with 12 rebounds.

Senior Phil Schuller led Bayard in scoring with 17 points, including three 3-point baskets. Senior Bryce Hargens added 16 points for the Tigers.

The Hemingford girls jumped out to a 26-4 lead after the first quarter on their way to scoring a 59-19 win over Bayard.
Natalie Gasseling finished with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bobcats. She also had three steals and three blocks. Brooke Turek added 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Senior Chellani Parriott led Bayard in scoring with six points.
Earlier last week, the Tiger girls had scored a 52-45 win over Morrill. Kaylee Fiscus led Bayard with 16 points and Parriott added 13, while sophomore Shayln Lackey led Morrill with 14 points and classmate Jessica Harvey added 12.

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