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By Mike Motz
Sports Reporter 

Big Weekend For Sidney Basketball


December 16, 2020 | View PDF

Sidney’s Red Raider Basketball teams each pocketed a road win followed by a home victory, earning important wins early in the season.

On Friday the Sidney squads traveled to Imperial to face the undefeated Chase County teams, with the Lady Raiders using a second-half rally to earn their 49-to-41 victory while the boys started fast and cruised 70-to-54 win.

The Lady Raiders engaged in a defensive battle with the Lady Longhorns, and went into the intermission down 18-to-16. But a big 20-point third quarter gave Sidney a four point lead going into the final period, and they ended the game with an eight point win. Senior Karly Sylvester had a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the game. Sidney out-hustled the taller Longhorn team, winning the rebounding battle 54-to-37. Senior Alexis Richmond led Chase County with 16 points in the loss.

The boys matched up against a Longhorns team with its’ leading scorer Cedric Maxwell out of the lineup, and were able to open an early lead and pulled away from the Chase County squad,building a 20 point lead in the second half on their way to the 70-to-54 win. Junior Sawyer Dickman finished with 28 points, and hit five three point shots on the night. Senior Zack Burke had 19 points for Sidney.

On Saturday, the girls team opened strong against the visiting Bayard Lady Tigers, and built up a 35-to-18 lead at halftime, led by Sylvester’s 10 points in the half. A huge 25 point third quarter for the Lady Raiders put the game away, with Sidney coasting to a 69-to-28 victory. Sylvester ended with 17 points and senior Morgan Jaggers had 11 points in the game.

Next, the boys team again opened strong, with Burke draining a three pointer to start and help give Sidney a 20-to-12 first quarter edge. The teams battled through the first half, but the early Sidney lead and a late half surge gave them the 35-to-22 advantage going into the half. The Raiders played well, moving the ball effectively with minimal turnovers. Sidney’s shooting started to cool off in the third quarter, and the Tigers started to narrow the Sidney lead. The Raiders were still able to score inside, but missed many outside shots and started to turn the ball over at critical points. Bayard narrowed the lead to seven points midway through the fourth quarter, but Sidney bore down and and led by Dickman’s team-high 24 points, pulled away in the final minutes for the 70-to-58 victory. Sophomore Micah Schneider had 18 points including three three-pointers.

The 4-and-1 Lady Raiders and the 3-and-2 Red Raider teams next travel to Alliance to face the Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 19.


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