Gering girls top Alliance, 51-31
     2016-02-05      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Roger Holsinger Photography Victoria Schwartz takes the jumper during Gering’s game with Alliance last week. Schwartz ended the night with eight points. 
Strong defense and some clutch shooting proved to be the difference last Friday night as the Gering Lady Bulldogs added another win with a 51-31 decision over the Lady Bulldogs of Alliance.

Leading the offensive charge for Gering was junior Mariah Conn, who ended the night with 18 points.

Head Coach Adam Freeburg was pleased with the win, especially with the way his squad played defense.

“That was a great defensive effort by our kids and we really stress defense at our practices and in our program,” he said. “I thought in the second half that we played really solid half court man-to-man defense.”

Something else that played havoc for Alliance was Gering’s full court press in the first half, but Freeburg said they pulled back on that because “we were reaching a little too much and getting fouls. So we decided at half that we would just pull out of it and make them earn every basket opposed to fouling and maybe giving them some free throws.”

As he looked back on the game, Freeburg said it was one of the most “complete games” his team has played all year.

“It was a carbon copy of our game against Torrington on Tuesday (Gering won 48-47) where we got up big but we learned from that lesson. We stayed calm in our half-court offense, we took the right shots, we took care of the ball . . . this was a big win for us,” he said.

One of the areas that both teams struggled with was shooting and Freeburg complimented Alliance in its defense, which he said caused his team some problems getting any easy looks at the basket.

“We talked about that we were getting pretty good looks, and that we needed to finish those; the second half I thought we finished better.”

Earlier this week Gering hosted Ogallala and Friday they host Sidney.

Freeburg said there are always things that can be improved upon including the free-throw shooting. So he said they would focus on that and be ready for the week.

As the game opened Friday, Alliance came out strong taking the early lead with Taylor Hopp scoring and MaKayla Davidson sinking two free-throws.

But Gering came back as Katie Martindale scored and Kaylee Bohnsack scored to tie the game at five.

Gering took the lead after Courtney Conn’s jumper and then Allie Boggs got free underneath to score a bucket and Gering had the 11-8 lead and ended the first quarter up by three.

Gering’s half-court press caused a number of turnovers for Alliance, and Gering capitalized on them with Makenzie Dunkel, Mariah Conn, Bohnsack and Arianna Mitchell scored to extend the Gering lead to eight to end the first half, 24-16.

Gering continued to roll in the third quarter and at the end of the third period, after Paige Lopez sunk the jumper at the buzzer, Gering had the 36-20 lead.

It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as Gering never trailed and picked up the win to improve to 7-10.

Gering: Allie Boggs 2, Paige Lopez 6, Victoria Schwartz 8, Kaylee Bohnsack 5, Katie Martindale 2, Courtney Conn 4, Arianna Mitchell 2, Makenzie Dunkel 4, Mariah Conn 18.

Alliance: Marque Crowe 4, Taylor Hopp 3, KayLee McDonald 10, MaKayla Davidson 2, Madison Reiber 1, Jennifer Figueroa 3, Sariah Grant 2, Emersen Cyza 5, Blythe Boness 1.

Alliance 10 6 4 11 – 31
Gering 13 11 12 15 – 51

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