Gering wins battle of the Bulldogs: Boys go into winter break on a high note adding victories over Chadron, Bridgeport
     2015-12-24      By Staff Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Sue Wengler/Special to the Gering Citizen Gering Bulldog’s Christian Rogers gets past Chadron’s Joe Matt in action Saturday night at the Cardinal’s gym. Gering prevailed, 52-40. The Bulldogs were on the road again Monday night against the Bridgeport Bulldogs in a make-up game. Gering kept a hothand with a 61-48 victory. 
It was a packed house at Bridgeport High School on Dec. 21 as fans turned out to watch their undefeated boys’ basketball team take on the Gering Bulldogs. It was a hard fought game throughout, but Gering came away with a 61-48 win.

Gering grabbed the momentum with a fast start, going up 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. But Bridgeport started to get on track from there, managing to outscore Gering 18-17 in the first eight minutes of the second half. At halftime, they were only down by five.

Gering came back strong in the third, outscoring Bridgeport 16-11 and increased their lead to 10. While Bridgeport managed to outscore Gering 15-12 in the last quarter, it wasn’t enough to pull out the win.

Gering’s record is now 6-1 and Bridgeport drops to 5-1. High scorer for Gering was Austin Hoffman with 23. For Bridgeport, Quentin Baxter has 14 and Wyatt Pankowski added 10.

The Gering girls also got the road win at Bridgeport. Senior Allie Boggs scored 20 points as the team held Bridgeport to just nine points in the second half and posted a 48-29 win.

Gering moved to a 16-7 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Bridgeport girls came back in the second to add another 13 points. They didn’t make up any ground, as Gering also scored 13 in the second. The halftime score was 29-20.

The second half was much like the first as Bridgeport battled to make up ground and Gering answered to keep its double-digit lead.

“The girls responded well playing in a gym we’ve never played in,” said Coach Adam Freeburg. “They did a nice job on rebounding and won that 41-22. That was huge for us and that’s what got it done.”

The Gering girls are now 2-5 on the season, while Bridgeport is at 3-3. The top scorer for Gering was Allie Boggs with 20. Bridgeport’s Ashley Weborg led with 10 points and Riley Hall added another 8.

Gering was on the road to Chadron earlier in the week on Dec. 19 for boys and girls games against the Cardinals. The boys came away with the win, but the girls posted a loss.

The Gering boys got all they could handle from Chadron, who refused to go away, despite falling behind on a number of occasions. But Gering came away with the 52-40 win.

Although Gering was leading 40-31 as the third quarter ended, Chadron opened the final period with a 3-pointer. With just over three minutes left to play, the Cardinals had pulled within four points.

The Gering boys’ record is now 5-1, while Chadron drops to 4-4. Gering’s Austin Hoffman led the scoring with 16 points and Trey Winkler added 10. Top scorer for Chadron was Marcus Fernandez with 12.

The Gering girls were going up against an unbeaten Chadron squad ranking eighth in the C-1 preseason poll. Chadron came away with the 50-31 win.

Chadron lept out to a 15-7 lead, but Gering closed the gap to 15-14 by the middle of the second quarter. Chadron came back with an 11-4 run to end the half with a 26-18 lead.

Chadron maintained its lead, outscoring Gering in the third by 12-7 and finished the game by shooting 82 percent of its shots.

The high scorer for Gering was Allie Boggs with 10. Leading for Chadron were Jaydn McCartney with 21 points and Chandler Hageman with 14 points.

The games against Gering were the second part of back-to-back nights of action as Chadron hit the road on Dec. 18 to play in Scottsbluff and came away with a win and a loss.

The Chadron boys tried the slowdown game, but it only worked for a quarter as Scottsbluff opened the game for a 60-35 win.

Chadron had a 9-7 lead after one quarter of play before 6-8 Bearcat junior Landon Walker went on a tear in the second quarter, throwing in 13 of the team’s 18 points to go up 25-14 at the half.

Scottsbluff continued to open up their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Chadron 24-6.

Leading scorers for Scottsbluff were Landon Walker with 18 and Dru Kuxhausen with 12.

The Chadron girls added to their unbeaten streak by posting a 59-40 win over Scottsbluff. Chadron was up 13-5 in the first quarter and extended it to 31-18 at intermission.

Chadron continued its offensive push in the third quarter and led by as much 19 midway through the period and were up 16 at the buzzer. In the fourth quarter, Chadron added two field goals and converted 8 of its 9 free throws in the final eight minutes.

Chloey Reifschneider led Scottsbluff with 16 points and Zoe Holscher threw in 12. Chadron’s top scorers were Jadyn McCartney with 22 and Chandler Hageman with 21.

Mitchell also goes into the holiday break on a winning note, as both boys and girls beat their rivals from Morrill at home on Dec. 19.

The Mitchell boys improved to 2-5 on the season with a 54-33 win over Morrill. Mitchell was leading 23-13 at halftime, but Morrill came out swinging in the third to close the deficit to nine points. Mitchell just kept pressing the advantage to post the win.

The Mitchell girls’ record is now 5-2 with a dominating 68-28 win over Morrill. Although the opening period was close, Mitchell pulled out in front and never looked back.

Scoring in double digits for Mitchell included Kenzey Kanno with 16, Kenya Wilfred with 15, and Celeste Cardona and Jori Peters each posted 10.

In other action around the region, 5-7 Morrill junior Jessica Harvey blistered the net for 28 points as the Lions outshot Sioux County 69-45 at the Harrison Holiday Tournament on Dec. 21 in girls’ action. The Banner County girls were downed by Crawford, 52-25

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