Sidney Faces Aurora in C-6 District Final
Mike Motz, Sun-Telegraph
Sidney's Red Raider Boys Basketball team has made a strong bid for a spot in the NSAA Tournament in Class C-1, but weather delays of Subdistrict and District Finals games last week have pushed back announcements of bracket pairings for much of the boys' field in basketball. With Sidney's strong season record and runner-up status in the Subdistrict Tournament, the Red Raiders finally received the news Monday that they would match up against Aurora, in Cozad, on Tuesday, February 28 at 5 p.m.
Sidney is in this position due to their strong performance during the regular season, good enough for a 18-and-5 record, and Subdistrict performance. Sidney entered the C1-12 Subdistrict Tournament as the No. 2 seed, and handily defeated Chadron 40-to-34 for the third time this season. This set up a finals match up against undefeated Ogallala on February 23.
The Red Raiders played well to start the game, with strong defense and good offensive play, to stay with the powerhouse Indian team, and only trailed 24-to-19 at the halftime break. The strong Indian roster was able to pass the ball off and create scoring opportunities for all of their starters, and by the end of the contest, Ogallala had four players scoring in the double-digits.
Ogallala was able to start to pull away from Sidney in the third quarter, and continued to roll in the fourth, while the Red Raiders tried to rally. But Ogallala showed why they were undefeated, and
handled their business and kept Sidney from rallying while increasing their lead and coming away with a 22 point win at 65-to-43. Senior Micah Schneider led the scoring for Sidney with 13 points and junior Isak Doty scored 10 points in the loss.
The Aurora Huskies come into the tournament with a 15-and-8 record, good enough for second place in C1-8. They have multiple players over 6' 4" on their roster, with two players listed at 6 ' 6" and 6' 8". The Red Raiders will need to use all of their speed and athleticism to counter the size of the Huskies, and with a good shooting performance, have a very good chance of taking the C-6 District Title and earning a spot in the NSAA Tournament.