Bayard girls third at MAC, Morrill girls fourth in Panhandle
     2015-01-29      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
While Minatare won the Minuteman Activities Conference boys’ basketball championship Saturday over Bayard in Sidney (see page B1), the Indians and Tigers were the only county-area finalists to make either the MAC or the Panhandle Conference tournaments.

Bayard finished third in the MAC girls’ tournament and Morrill took fourth in the Panhandle Conference girls’ bracket in games played Saturday.

Tigers overcome semifinal loss, down Creek Valley

Bayard rode senior Chellani Parriott’s 17 points and junior Miah Vera’s 15 points to a 44-29 win over Creek Valley in the MAC third-place game at Sidney Middle School.

Vera knocked down three 3-pointers for the Tigers (6-9), who returned to action Tuesday at home against Yoder Southeast. Bayard then travels to Big Springs on Friday to face South Platte and returns home Saturday to play host to Morrill County archrival Bridgeport.

Bayard had rolled past Garden County 70-25 in its first-round game to set up the Tigers’ Thursday semifinal game against No. 1 seed Potter-Dix. The Coyotes jumped out to an 11-1 first-quarter lead and held on for the 39-36 victory to earn a championship game berth against Leyton.

Against Potter-Dix, Bayard got 14 points from Parriott and eight from senior Mandi Cottrell.

The Coyotes (12-2) went on to win Saturday’s championship game, 40-32 over Leyton (6-8).

Other MAC boys’ action

The boys’ teams from Minatare and Bayard had posted easy first-round victories on Tuesday, with the No. 1 seed Indians downing South Platte 61-19 and No. 2 Bayard boys taking a 56-39 victory over Banner County.

In Minatare’s win, senior Javier Guerrero led the way with a game-high 22 points. Senior Tyler Koke followed with nine points while juniors Dominic Longoria and Yovan Perez and senior Chance McAllister had eight points apiece.

In defeating Banner County, Bayard got 15 points from senior Justin Baird and 13 from senior Phil Schuller. Baird also had four assists and Schuller made three steals.

The Wildcats (2-10) were led by senior Tyson Dahlgrin’s game-high 24 points. Banner County next plays Saturday at home against Morrill.
In Thursday’s semifinals, Minatare defeated Potter-Dix 56-42 and Bayard edged Leyton 58-56 in a pair of comeback victories.

Minatare trailed 13-12 after the first quarter but led 22-21 at halftime. The Indians outscored the Coyotes 16-11 in the third quarter and 18-10 in the fourth to avenge their semifinal loss from last year, which knocked Minatare from the undefeated ranks.
Perez led the Indians with 19 points, with Guerrero adding 14 and Longoria scoring 10.

Bayard overcame 33-27 halftime deficit to edge Leyton in the other semifinal. Baird led the Tigers with 17 points and senior Bryce Hargens followed with 10.

Minatare returns to action Friday at Leyton and Saturday at home against Potter-Dix.

Morrill splits in Panhandle tourney finales

HAY SPRINGS – The Morrill girls (8-8) had advanced to the Panhandle Conference semifinals in Hay Springs with a 48-31 win over Edgemont, but the Lions came up empty and finished fourth after losing to Crawford 51-37 in the semifinals Thursday and 59-45 to Hay Springs in the third-place game Saturday.

Against Crawford, Morrill sophomore Jessica Harvey had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, while sophomore Bailee Steiner added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Harvey put up a game-high 26 points against Hay Springs and junior Leanne Sherrod 11 for the Lions, but the Hawks (6-8) got 22 points from senior Whitney Heiting and 19 from senior Kate Roberts to claim third place. Harvey added seven rebounds and four steals, while Sherrod made five rebounds and three steals and Steiner had five rebounds and two blocks.

In consolation action, the Morrill boys rebounded from their first-round loss to Hay Springs to score a 52-32 win over Edgemont, S.D., in the fifth-place game of the Panhandle Conference Tournament.
The Lions (6-9) had junior Ryan McMackin score 25 points, snag five rebounds and make four steals.

Also for Morrill, senior Jorge Lara had 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals; junior Jordan Rohde had nine rebounds; senior Victor Valles had six rebounds, two assists and four steals; and junior Josh Harvey had six rebounds and two blocks.

Morrill returns to action Friday at home against Crawford before the Lions travel to Harrisburg on Saturday to play Banner County.

Mitchell earns sweep, rest

The Mitchell Tigers have not played since last Tuesday, when they scored a sweep over Lingle-Ft. Laramie in Lingle, Wyo.
The Tigers return to action Saturday for Winter Royalty Night against Gordon-Rushville.

Mitchell’s girls improved to 12-3 on the season, pulling away for a 54-33 win over the Doggers (6-4).
In extending the Tigers’ win streak to nine, freshman Jori Peters finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 steals for Mitchell. She also handed out a team-high four assists.

Senior McKenna Zulkoski led Mitchell in scoring with 15 points. She also finished with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Kady Lower led Mitchell on the boards with six rebounds. Lower also had six points and three assists.

Also for the Tigers, senior Aspen Reifschneider scored eight points and had four steals, and sophomore Madi Watson collected three steals.

The Mitchell boys (6-9) completed the sweep with a 45-40 win over Lingle-Ft. Laramie, handing the Doggers (6-1) their first loss.
Junior Colby Eberspecher led Mitchell in scoring with 12 points, while senior Antonio Barrios added nine points.

Lingle-Ft. Laramie was led in scoring by Barry Greenwald with a game-high 18 points.

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