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By Mike Motz
Sports Reporter 

Raiders Down Gering

Fall to Scottsbluff

 

February 10, 2021

Sidney’s Red Raider Basketball teams had a busy weekend hosting Gering on Friday night then Scottsbluff on Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Raiders started the action Friday with the Gering Lady Bulldogs, and the visitors were looking to salvage a win in the season series, already dropping the first two meetings of the teams earlier in the campaign. Sidney started well, hitting shots and playing good defense until the Lady Bulldogs’ speedy guards started scoring and connecting from long range and passed by Sidney.

Gering continued to jam the middle and play tight defense while continuing to score, building a 27-to-21 lead over Sidney at halftime. Gering was beating the Lady Raiders under the boards and forcing and scoring off of Sidney turnovers in the first half, but the third quarter had the Lady Raiders turn up the tempo and narrow the Gering lead until a three-point hit by junior Brynna Ross gave Sidney a 31-to-30 advantage midway through the third quarter.

Sidney held off Gering’s attempts to comeback and led 41-to-38 going into the fourth quarter. Sidney started the final frame moving the ball on offense, passing and taking time off the clock until Gering sophomore Nickie Todd put in two quick buckets to give Gering a 42-to-41 lead. 

But Ross fired back with another three point hit to take back the lead for Sidney, and the teams battled down the stretch, with the Lady Raiders extending their lead while the Lady Bulldogs kept clawing back. Sidney scored when they had to and were solid on the line making free throws, and were able to pull away for a 58-to-52 victory. Senior Karly Sylvester and Brynna Ross each scored 16 points to lead the Lady Raiders in the win.

The boy’s team then were up against a Bulldogs team they had split their first two games with earlier in the season, by identical scores. Sidney Head Coach Austin Lewis hoped the team could continue the good shooting they exhibited against Chadron last week while improving on their rebounding.

Both teams played good defense and were locked in an 8-to-8 tie as the first quarter wound down, but Sidney senior Zack Burke hit back-to-back three pointers to finish the first quarter and give Sidney a 14-to-8 lead. Sidney’s preparation for Gering’s 1-2-2 zone defense paid off as the Raiders continued to score while Gering struggled with turnovers through the second quarter, and the Red Raiders opened a 33-to-16 lead at halftime.

The scoring continued and Sidney opened a 30 point lead early in the fourth quarter, and Sidney cruised to a 66-to-33 victory. Senior Zack Burke led the Raiders with 15 points while the Sidney defense held Gering to just 17 points in the second half.

On Saturday, the teams next were set to host Scottsbluff, and the Lady Bearcats came out strong and caused problems for the Sidney passing game, generating turnovers and bad passes as they openend a 14-to-9 lead at the end of the first period. Scottsbluff continued to get good looks and grabbed rebounds, with Scottsbluff sophomore Sabrina Harsh dominating in the paint and under the boards. However, Sidney was able to score a quick five points at the end of the first half to narrow the Scottsbluff lead to 22-to-20 at the intermission.

After Sidney junior Alecca Campbell tied the score at 24 in the third quarter, Sidney battled hard and matched the Lady Bearcat’s scoring, holding a 33-to-31 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Sidney slowed the pace to start the fourth quarter, passing the ball and waiting for good looks before taking their shots, and opened a four point lead at 38-to-34 midway through the period. But Scottsbluff’s shooting got hot again, and the Lady Bearcats built a three point lead going into the final minute.

Sidney Head Coach Tyler Shaw put in his best three point shooters for a final chance to tie the game, but freshman Katie Ramsey was unable to connect on a three-point shot as time expired, and the Lady Bearcats stole the victory away from Sidney by a final score of 41-to-38. Sylvester again led the scoring for Sidney with eight points in the loss.

Next, the boy’s teams squared off, and both teams came into the game riding three-game winning streaks, with Scottsbluff coming off a big win against powerhouse Alliance the previous night.

Head Coach Austin Lewis knew his team was in for a battle as he described the Bearcats as a “complete team” with their starters as “five good players that can all shoot”, and Scottsbluff started fast by opening a 5-to-0 lead until sophomore Micah Schneider hit on a three point attempt to get Sidney going.

The scoring slowed for both teams as the first quarter wound down, and Scottsbluff held a 14-to-9 advantage going into the second period. Scottsbluff started the second quarter with a two point shot followed by Sidney junior Sawyer Dickman drawing an offensive charging foul followed by Lewis getting hit with a technical foul for arguing the call that enabled the Bearcats to build a 18-to-9 lead. Sidney’s shooting went cold and the Raiders were getting beaten for rebounds, limiting Sidney to just five points in the frame and allowing the Bearcats to build an insurmountable 31-to-14 lead at the half.

Scottsbluff continued to score to start the second half while Sidney started missing long-distance three pointers, and by the end of the third quarter the visitors were in control with a 47-to-25 lead. Scottsbluff continued to score and play good defense in the fourth quarter, and pulled away for the 64-to-29 victory. Dickman led the Raiders with 10 points in the loss.

The Lady Raiders’ record moves to 14-and-6 while the Raiders’ record goes to 10-and-9. The Lady Raiders were scheduled to host Alliance on Tuesday, and both teams are back in action hosting Chadron on Friday.

 

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