Lady Bearcats come up short against Cheyenne Central
     2016-01-22      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Roger Holsinger Photography Scottsbluff forward Aly Camacho works her way past a Cheyenne Central defender last Saturday night. Camacho ended the night with 19 points. The Bearcats face a tough Sidney squad Jan. 22 in Sidney at 7 p.m. 
Despite falling to Cheyenne Central 48-43, Scottsbluff girls coach Rachel Larson said she was very pleased with the way her team competed against one of the toughest teams in Wyoming.

She said her team experienced a very “tough loss” the night before against another strong team from Wyoming, Cheyenne East. “It was a late night and ultimately I am more proud of my kids than I can say I’ve ever been,” said Larson. “For them to come out and give their all being tired and banged up and o play with all their heart after a tough loss, I am very proud.”

Scottsbluff stayed right with Central and even outscored the Indians in the second period, but got outscored 13-5 in the third quarter. Larson said she didn’t believe that was a turning point.

“There were a couple little things and they hit a couple of big shots and we missed a couple shots, but I don’t think there was one moment that was a defining moment in the game,” she said.

One of the areas Larson wanted to see an improvement was in her team’s transition game, and she saw that improvement Saturday night.

“I thought we did a great job of boxing out; limiting them to one shot, however they shot a pretty good percentage. We got back on transition defense.

“I’m really proud how this game went (Saturday) as they are a tough team, I’m just really proud,” Larson said.

Even though her team has two straight losses, Larson said playing such competitive teams will only make them better as they head into the stronger part of the season.

“I will never complain about our schedule,” she said. “I would much rather have us play 5A schools or Class A schools, the bigger competition, because I think everyone’s goal is to ultimately get to Lincoln. Those schools out east are so big and physical . . . I think this is a great opportunity for us and serves as a learning opportunity for us.”

On Jan. 22, the Lady Bearcats travel south to Sidney to face a tough, talented and well-coached Sidney team. Larson said her squad will need to execute better offensively and maybe add a couple new twists. “But really it’s just the game of basketball. We need to play it better and we’ll see how it goes,” she said.

Aly Camacho led Scottsbluff in scoring with 19 points while Zoe Holscher added another 10. With the losses over the weekend, Scottsbluff’s record is now 5-6.

Scottsbluff – 9 15 5 14 – 43

Cheyenne Central – 13 6 13 16 – 48

Scottsbluff: Christina Villarreal 3, Chloey Reifschneider 9, Zoe Holscher 10, Aly Camacho 19, Taylor Noe 2.

Cheyenne Central: Geyer 2, Williamson 2, Murphy 5, Fearneyough 24, Moore 5, Krysl 7, Troastle 3.

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