Lady Bulldogs win first district game
     2015-02-26      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering senior Kaylee Spreier fights through a crush of Alliance Lady Bulldogs while attempting a basket under the watchful eye of teammate junior Allie Boggs (No. 32) during Monday night’s first round of Class B-6 district competion at Gering. Gering fought hard for the 37-35 victory and with a 6-18 record, will next face Sidney’s Lady Raiders (16-7) in McCook on Thursday.  
There was a Dawg fight in the Gering High School Dome on Tuesday and the Gering Lady Bulldogs emerged as the leader of the pack with a 37-35 win over the Alliance Bulldogs. The win means that the Gering girl’s season will last at least one more game this year.

G-Town never dominated the game as the first quarter was a seesaw affair, the lead changed with every basket; however, Gering had a slight 7-6 lead after the first eight minutes. Gering improved its lead in the second frame with a 10-7 performance over Alliance and G-Town went into the locker room with a 4 point 17-13 half time lead.

Alliance came out strong in the third period and chipped away two points from Gering’s lead with Alliance’s 12 points to Gering’s10 points. Gering took off in the final quarter and extended their lead to 8 points. In the last minute of the game Gering tried to play keep away from Alliance and Alliance responded by fouling Gering. This sent Gering to the paint several times; unfortunately, Gering’s free throws were not falling at all and Alliance would rebound and score. Alliance closed the gap to two points and with a couple of seconds left Alliance tried one layup to tie. Gering broke up the play and took the win 37-35.

“It was one of those classic Alliance Gering games,” Gering coach Adam Freeburg said. “It was a defensive struggle. Really physical under the basket and it was just a matter of who was going to get one more defensive stop. I thought we did a nice job in the second half, especially by the fourth quarter, limiting them to one shot per trip, I thought that was huge. We did not defensive rebound very well in the first half but by the fourth quarter we did a great job of defensive rebounding and we got enough to get it done. So we are moving on.”

Senior Kaylee Spreier was back on top in scoring honors with 15 points. “It hasn’t really hit me yet, but I am glad that our last game was a win,” Spreier said about her last home game in the Gering High School Dome. “As a team we did pretty well, I am a little disappointed in myself for missing those last few free throws and making everyone all nervous. I am really excited that we get to continue our season and go to McCook. We are going to work really hard in practice this week and just see how everything goes.”

Second place in Gering scoring was Junior Allie Boggs with 7 points. Senior Ashlyn Schultz and Sophomore Mariah Conn each had 5 points. Sophomore Kaylee Bohnsack had 3 points. Senior Sam Rahmig had 2 points. Gering was 19 out of 36 from the free throw line.

Gering girls are now 6-18 on the season. The G-Town girls will travel to McCook on Thursday to face the Sidney Lady Raiders. Sidney girls are 16-7 on the season and have beaten Gering twice this year on Jan. 9 (44-29) and on Feb. 6 (37-27).

We wish the Lady Bulldogs good luck and here is to hoping that the third time against Sidney is a charm.

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