Lady Bearcats cruise past Bulldogs
     2016-01-15      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Roger Holsinger/Special to the Gering Citizen Gering’s Victoria Schwartz moves the ball up the court while being guarded by Scottsbluff’s Chloey Reifschneider during action Tuesday night in Scottsbluff. The Bearcats won, 60-44. 
The Scottsbluff High School Lady Bearcats kicked it into high gear at home Tuesday night as they cruised past the Lady Bulldogs of Gering High School, 60-44.

Zoe Holscher led the scoring attack for Scottsbluff with 24 points including three three-pointers. Chloey Reifschneider was also in double figures for the Bearcats with 11 points.

Mariah Conn led Gering with 19 points while Makenzie Dunkel added eight.

Scottsbluff Head Coach Rachel Larson said she was very pleased with the way her team played, especially in the third quarter when the Bearcats outscored the Bulldogs, 24-7.

“They played really well as a team and we were able to weather some of Gering’s runs at the end of the first half,” said Larson. “I thought our third quarter was huge. We came out and played team defense and then we got really hot offensively, and then we were able to put it away.”

Larson said having strong outside shooters is very important for her team, especially when opponents are double-teaming Aly Camacho under the basket.

“Aly has come so far in the three seasons I coached her. When she gets double-teamed on the inside, she is able to find the open person on the weak side and we’re ready to shoot. It’s truly a team effort so it’s nice to have those outside shooters when they double inside,” she said.

Scottsbluff’s next test will be this week with Cheyenne East, followed by Cheyenne Central. Larson said her team will need to work on its transition defense and boxing out.

“Gering is pretty equally sized to us but we need to be ready to play a bigger team and the Cheyenne schools are a lot bigger so we’re going to need to box out,” Larson said.

For Gering Head Coach Adam Freeburg, Tuesday night was disappointing, not because the team was missing hard shots, but because nothing was falling, including shots right under the basket.

“For the last two games we’ve really struggled and there’s no other way around,” he said. “We’ve played two teams in Sidney and Scottsbluff who we feel we’re pretty even talent-wise and we’re just not getting it done. It’s disappointing and we have to turn things around quick or things could get ugly for us.”

It was a very rough night shooting for the Bulldogs, as nothing would fall. Freeburg said they had the same problem against Sidney. “In the last two games we gave up 18 points per half on point blank shots and we do drill after drill. We just have to find a way to have some courage and guts around the rim and make it,” he said.

While Gering has some younger players on the squad, Freeburg said at this point in the season he doesn’t see his team as “young” because enough games have been played that the younger players know what it’s like to play a varsity game and what to expect.

“We need to take that next step and take that youth and turn it into experience and get better,” he said.

Next up for the Lady Bulldogs is Cheyenne East on Thursday who are ranked number one in the state of Wyoming and then Casper Kelly Walsh at home on Saturday.

“We are going to get better and play. We are going to have to play a lot better,” he said. “Right now we’re at the point where we’re struggling so much that we need to worry less about our opponents (and matching up to them) and more about ourselves,” Freeburg said.

Scottsbluff never trailed in the contest as Christina Villarreal and Reifschneider both hit threes and then Holscher added a trey. Gering got on the board with a score from Conn. But Scottsbluff had a five point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Conn added two more in the opening part of the second quarter, but Scottsbluff fired back with Reifschneider sinking two free throws and Avery Krentz hitting a shot. Holscher added another three and Scottsbluff was up by 10.

However, Gering did make a run late in the second quarter with Courtney and Mariah both scoring. Gering went in at half trailing, 32-25.

Scottsbluff increased its lead in the third quarter as Taylor Noe added two, Reifschneider hit a three-pointers, Aly Camacho played tough under the basket and Holscher hit a pair of threes to give the Bearcats a 56-32 advantage.

Carlee Brester, Mariah Conn and Makenzie Dunkel added some points for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter, but it was too late as the Bearcats went on for the win.

Scoring

Gering: Victoria Schwartz, 3; Katie Martindale, 2; Brittney Spreier, 2; Courtney Conn, 1; Carlee Brester, 2; Ariana Mitchell, 5; Makenzie Dunkel, 8; Mariah Conn, 19.

Scottsbluff: Christina Villarreal, 8; Chloey Reifschneider, 11; Zoe Holscher, 24; Aly Camacho, 8; Taylor Noe, 7; Avery Krentz, 2.

Scottsbluff – 15 17 24 4 – 60
Gering – 10 15 7 12 – 44

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