Bearcats start strong, lose steam in state prelim
     2016-03-11      By Jane White    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Jane White/for the Citizen Bearcat senior Zoe Holscher (15) drives down the court and defends against a Trojan opponent. The Bearcat girls fought hard but lost steam in the second half against a much taller, stronger team, the number 1 seeded Platte View Trojans. 
Taking on the top-seed in the Class B Nebraska State High School Girls Basketball Championships, the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats were able to hang with the Springfield-Platteview Lady Trojans in the first half.

After trailing 20-18 at intermission, however, Scottsbluff’s offense went away in the final two quarters of their state opener and the Lady Bearcats fell 43-20 Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

“The first half we came out great,” Scottsbluff head coach Rachel Larson said. “We did a great job of sticking to our game plan and what we were trying to accomplish.”

“The first half we came out and competed and did a good job.”

Larson said the Lady Bearcats’ goal was to hold Platteview “in the 40s” defensively and they were able to do that.

“We wanted to slow down the game as much as possible,” Larson said. “We did a good job of that in the first half.”

Larson said the Lady Bearcats also shot well in the first half.

Platteview scored the first bucket one minute into the first quarter, but Scottsbluff’s Chloey Reifschneider scored from the field, tying the game at two.

The Lady Trojans connected on a three-point goal, but this time Zoe Holscher answered for the Lady Bearcats, hitting a three and tying the game at five.

The teams exchanged buckets with Alysianna Camacho scoring for Scottsbluff.

Platteview broke the seven-all tie with a field goal with 1:17 left in the first quarter.

With 58 seconds left in the initial period, Reifschneider scored from behind the arc, giving the Lady Bearcats their first lead of the game, 10-9.

Platteview went back up with a two-pointer, but Reifschneider answered for Scottsbluff with a field goal, giving her team a 12-11.

The Lady Trojans finished off the quarter with a pair of field goals and led 15-12 at the end of the period.

A field goal and then a free throw put Platteview up 18-12 midway through the second quarter.

Scottsbluff’s Holscher connected on a three-pointer with 3:35 left in the period, making it an 18-15 game.

Platteview scored from the field, but Noe answered with a three with 1:11 remaining in the quarter.

There was no further scoring in the second period, leaving Platteview with a 20-18 halftime lead.

While the Lady Bearcats continued to defend in the second half, the team’s offense couldn’t keep pace with the Lady Trojans.

“We came out cold in the second half,” Larson said. “I don’t think it was anything they did defensively, we just didn’t hit any shots.”

Platteview outscored Scottsbluff 9-2 in the third quarter and 14-0 in the fourth.

The Lady Bearcats only second-half points came with 1:23 left in the third quarter as Camacho scored from the field, making the game 29-20 heading into the final period.

“We’ve been a team that starts a little slow in the third quarter and that happened again,” Larson said.

Even while they struggled on offense, Larson said the Lady Bearcats did a good job of playing defense and sticking to their game plan.

“We don’t have anything to be ashamed of,” Larson said.

Reifschneider led Scottsbluff in scoring with seven points, while Holscher had six, Camacho four and Taylor Noe three.

The Lady Bearcats finished their season at 10-14.

Larson said anytime a team can end their season at the state tournament is a “good experience.”

“We talked about that in the locker room,” Larson said. “We were one of eight (Class B) teams here. There’s a lot of teams that play basketball and a lot of teams that aren’t here right now.

“To be one of eight teams is special and something we’re extremely proud of as a program.”

Five seniors suited up for Scottsbluff in the state tournament.

Larson said the senior class including Reifschneider, Holscher, Camacho, Christina Villarreal and Sakura Kasai, will be missed.
“I love those kids like my own,” Larson said. “They’ve given me everything they could for four years and I love them.”

Scottsbluff 12 6 2 0 20

Platteview 15 5 9 14 43

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