Mitchell girls get C1-12 win, place in finals
     2015-02-19      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Anthony Brathwaite/Gering Citizen - Bayard junior Jessi Smith (No. 30) hustles down court with Hemingford opponent Brooke Turek working to intercept during the semifinal game of the C4 Sub-district tournament at Gering High School on Tuesday night. Hemingford ended Bayard’s season with a 65-39 win. 
The Mitchell girls’ basketball team advanced to the Sub-District C1-12 championship game tonight (Thursday) with a 67-41 victory Tuesday night over Chase County at Alliance High School.

In a sub-district where no team entered play on Monday with a losing record, top-seeded Mitchell eliminated No. 5 seed Chase County (14-12) after the Longhorns won their first-round game Monday night, 53-51 over No. 4 seed Gordon-Rushville (13-9).

The Tigers (16-6) will play Chadron (18-6) tonight at 6:30 for the sub-district championship. Chadron scored a 47-28 win over Ogallala (15-9) in Tuesday’s second semifinal.

Tonight’s winner, a rematch of last year’s sub-district title game will play in the C1-6 championship game and for a berth into the state tournament, on March 5-7 in Lincoln. The teams have split their two meetings this season.

Mitchell and Chase County were knotted at 15-all after a first quarter in which Tiger senior Kady Lower committed two fouls.
Mitchell coach Brock Ehler said sophomore Madi Watson’s play off the bench for Lower helped in sustaining the Tigers’ intensity, plus adjustments they made along the way. Mitchell led 27-23 at halftime and used a 16-3 run in the third quarter to take a 43-26 heading into the final eight minutes.

“We made some adjustments in the second quarter and at halftime, and the girls just really did a good job,” Ehler said. “Once they got down, they had to extend their defense to us and we just had too much speed for them. We were able to get a lot of transition buckets and a lot of isolation plays.”

Senior Aspen Reifschneider had a team-high 17 points and made four steals, while sophomore Celeste Cardona had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds along with five assists. Lower followed with 10 points and Watson added nine.

In girls’ sub-district D2-11 action at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility in Sidney, the Banner County girls posted their third win over Minatare and eliminated the winless Indians from Sub-District D2-11 action Monday night with a 43-32 victory.

The Wildcats, whose wins have all come over the Indians (0-18), bolted to a 13-2 lead after one quarter and never relinquished in earning a berth in Tuesday’s semifinals against No. 1 seed Leyton.
Junior Paige Cross fueled Banner County’s victory with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Senior Ashlynne Hanan added 11 points, while junior Shaylee White had a team-high six rebounds. Freshman MaKenna Dahlgrin added eight points and made a team-high three steals.

Banner County’s (3-17) season, however, came to an end Tuesday with a 40-21 loss to Leyton in the first semifinal.
Leyton (10-11) will play South Platte (3-14) for the sub-district championship tonight at 6. South Platte scored a 39-31 win over Garden County (3-14) in Tuesday’s other semifinal.

In D1-12 play at night at the Ogallala Auditorium, the Morrill girls won their first-round Sub-District D1-12 game Monday with a 48-40 win over Creek Valley (8-11).
After having the Storm erase a 15-9 Morrill lead after one quarter to knot the score at 23-all at halftime, the Lions roared back on top with a 17-8 run in the third frame and held off Creek Valley for the win and advance to Tuesday’s semifinals.

Sophomore Jessica Harvey paced the Lions’ win with a game-high 21 points, while classmate Bailee Steiner followed with 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Kaitlyn Margheim added six points, six rebounds and six assists for Morrill.

In Tuesday’s semifinals, Morrill’s season came to an end at 11-12 with an 81-52 loss to undefeated No. 1 seed Dundy County-Stratton (24-0). The other semifinal had No. 3 seed Sutherland take a 39-36 win over No. 2 seed Potter-Dix (15-4).

Today’s D1-12 championship game begins at 6 p.m.
In C2-12 play at Gering, No. 1 Hemingford (20-2) advanced with a 65-39 win over No. 4 Bayard (9-13), while No. 2 seed Kimball (10-12) scored a 47-33 victory over No. 3 Bridgeport (10-10).
Tonight’s championship contest tips off at 7.

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