|Scottsbluff girls edge Morrill in county battle|
|January 26, 2012 Terry Gaston|
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen
Scottsbluff’s Maddie Holscher (No. 12) drives to the net as Morrill’s Megan Fish (No. 11) tries to block. The Bearcats scored a 47-44 victory over Morrill Tuesday, Jan. 17.
MORRILL - The Scottsbluff girls’ basketball team had its last week’s action ended early after the Bearcats bagged a tough 47-44 victory over county foe Morrill on Tuesday night.
Scottsbluff was to play at Sidney on Saturday, but school officials reported that a death in coach Mike Burda’s family and staffing concerns with the Scottsbluff-Gering boys’ game at Cougar Palace forced them to request a move of the game to Feb. 13.
Against Morrill, which suffered its second straight loss after opening the season with nine straight wins, Scottsbluff snapped a four-game losing streak by overcoming 32 percent shooting and 51 percent at the free-throw line with a defensive effort that included 11 steals while committing just 11 turnovers of its own.
“Getting this win was important for us,” Burda said. “We just came off the Cheyenne East/Central games that we struggled with, so getting a win was needed. We have progressed well throughout the season and have a lot of room for improvement.“
Junior Zoey Rada grabbed 10 of the Bearcats’ 26 rebounds and shared team-high scoring honors with senior Maddie Holscher with 15 points. Rada also had four of Scottsbluff’s 11 steals and Holscher had seven of the team’s 13 assists.
Morrill, which suffered its second straight loss after opening the season with nine straight wins, got 16 points and five rebounds from senior Kayla Jacobsen and 15 points and 11 rebounds from senior Alex Howell.
The Bearcats returned to the court Tuesday night against Rapid City Central, but the visiting Cobblers proved too much for Scottsbluff by scoring a 60-31 victory at SHS.
"They are tall and athletic," Burda said of Central before the game." We need to be aggressive on both ends to be successful."
The Cobblers (7-6) used their height and depth to break an early 6-6 tie with six points to end the first quarter and built that lead to 25-14 by halftime. Central's lead continued to build throughout the second half, and the Cobblers led 60-29 before Scottsbluff sophomore Shalee Rosebury's buzzer-beating basket.
Sophomore Grace Weeks led Central's deep and tall unit with 13 points, while Holscher and junior Alexus Pinedo paced the Bearcats with nine points apiece.
Scottsbluff (4-12) is off until next Tuesday when Torrington visits SHS for a 7 p.m. game.
The Lion girls won their 10th game Friday night with a 47-41 victory over Pine Bluffs, Wyo., at the Lions’ Den, but then they were held to their season-low output in a 33-22 home loss Saturday against Bridgeport.
In beating Pine Bluffs, Howell fueled the Lions with 22 points. Against Bridgeport, only Howell reached the five-point mark for Morrill (10-3), while Bridgeport (9-4) got 17 points from Ashley Stevens.
The Morrill boys fell in their contests against Pine Bluffs, 53-46, and Bridgeport, 57-46.
Against Pine Bluffs, Morrill got 19 points from Jacob Ramirez. Against Bridgeport, Ramirez had 23 points for the Lions (2-10), while Kaleb DeCora had a game-high 27 points for the Bulldogs (9-5).
Bayard at Mitchell
In the battle of the Tigers on Friday, the Mitchell boys were 81-42 winners over Bayard and the Mitchell girls also downed Bayard 50-26.
Alberto Alvizar paced the Mitchell boys with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jamie Fegler added 15 points, Bo McVay scored 14 and Joe Sanchez netted 12.
For the Mitchell girls, Havannah Newens had a game-high 14 points and Andee Grentz added 11. Mitchell girls hosted Kimball Tuesday night with a final score favoring the visitors, 44-29.
Bayard vs. Lingle/Ft. Laramie
The Tigers played host to the Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers on Tuesday night, with the girls suffering the loss 48-44. The Bayard boys won 51 - 46.
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