Gering girls lose close one to Sidney, 48-42
     2016-02-12      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Sue Wengler/Special to the Gering Citizen Paige Lopez drives into the lane and puts up a shot against the visiting Sidney Red Raiders last Friday.  
Timing is everything.

Whether it’s in the business world or on the basketball court, being in the right place at the right time is crucial.

Gering Head Coach Adam Freeburg saw that timing wax and wane for his team last Friday night as the visiting Sidney Red Raiders had the timing when Freeburg’s Lady Bulldogs did not.

What happened was another frustrating loss for the team at home as Sidney picked up the win, 48-42.

“When you look at the stats of the game, everything is even as far as turnovers; we won the rebounding battle by 12, free throw percentage was pretty even. So when you look at that, it’s pretty even, but the timing of our letdowns,” said Freeburg.

“We’d pull within four and we don’t close out with a hand up and we give up the three-pointer. We need a rebound on a free throw late, and we don’t get one. It was the timing of our mental lapses that was the killer (Friday).”

While Freeburg was frustrated with the loss, he said his team has also grown and improved when compared to the last time these two teams met.

“We’ve gotten better, even in the last month we have made improvements. But like I told the kids, there are no moral victories,” he said. “We feel like we match up to Sidney very well and we feel like we let one get away (Friday).”

As the game began, neither team came out with power as a total of 16 points was scored, combined, in the first quarter, with Sidney scoring 10 of those.

As the second quarter got going, possessions changed quickly as each team turned the ball over twice in the first minute.
However, Katie Martindale broke that for Gering with a quick move inside, but Sidney’s Katelyn Sylvester answered back with a three-pointer. Gering added a round of buckets with Paige Lopez and Victoria Schwartz scoring, but Gering went in at halftime trailing, 24-16.

A combined 22 turnovers were recorded in the first half with Gering having 12.

Another area that would hamper Gering would be the free-throw line. Gering made three of its six attempts from the line in the first half, and was six for 20 in the second half from the stripe.

“When you miss 15 free-throws and you lose by six . . . but Sidney missed 14 free-throws, so there was another area that was even, but had we stepped to the line and made those, the game would have been different,” Freeburg said.

The second half was more of the same as Gering would go on a roll and score, but then would turn the ball over or miss an easy shot while Sidney worked steady to retain its lead. Each team scored just seven points in the third quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Gering seemed to be on track as Allie Boggs scored, Mariah Conn added a pair of buckets and two free-throws and with 3:15 remaining, Gering was down by six points.

Boggs then added another point hitting the backend of a 1-and-1 while Kaylee Bohnsack hit the trey, but it was too little too late as Sidney picked up the win.

Things don’t get any easier for the Lady Bulldogs as the end of the season draws closer. This week the team participated in the East-West Shoot-out.

The Lady Bulldogs faced North Platte on Thursday, will play in Lexington on Feb. 12 and then go to McCook on Saturday.

“That is always a challenge to go on the road for those three days,” he said. “But I feel good about how far we’ve come as a team and this will be a chance for us to go on the road. After that we’re down to one game left, Scottsbluff at home.

“We’re going to have to play well this week and get some momentum. While we feel good about how we’re playing overall, we have to cut back on our mental lapses,” he said.

Sidney 10 14 7 17 – 48

Gering 6 10 7 19 – 42

Sidney: Kelsey Knight 14, Maddi Porter 7, Janay Brauer 4, Katelyn Sylvester 5, Abbey Mills 5,
Annalise Lecher 5, Meaghan Ross 3, Emily Mahr 5.

Gering: Allie Boggs 3, Paige Lopez 11, Victoria Schwartz 4, Kaylee Bohnsack 6, Katie Martindale 2, Makenzie Dunkel 4, Mariah Conn 12.

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