Gering sweeps Alliance
The Gering boys continued a win streak and the Bulldog girls started a new one with victories Friday night in Alliance.
Adam Freeburg's girls had to battle from behind with a big fourth quarter to snap their two game losing streak in a 54-to-51 win. Randy Plummer's boys extended their win streak to three games with a convincing 59-to-47 victory.
In the girls game Gering trailed 40-to-32 heading into the final quarter, but they quieted a near full house crowd, outscoring the hosts 22-to-11 in the last period.
Gering, who led 17-to-14 after the first quarter, used great defense an outstanding free throw shooting in the fourth stanza to get the job done. Gering was 12-of-16 from the line in the quarter and got four in-a-row from senior Alexa Anderson in the final 28 seconds to complete the comeback.
Anderson was hit seven straight charity tosses in the last quarter and finished with 14 points to pace the 8-8 Bulldogs.
For the game Gering was 25 of 40 from the free throw line. That helped overcome poor shooting from the field in the middle quarters. Gering had just three field goals in the second and third quarters.
The Bulldogs also depended on some strong play from the bench. Senior Santanna Mitchell was saddled with three fouls in the first quarter. That allowed junior Katie O'Boyle to enter the game and score eight first quarter points. Overall, nine different Gering players scored in the game.
Anderson was named the KNEB Taco John's Player-of-the Game.
Gering will travel to Ogallala Tuesday. The game can be heard on KNEB-AM and kneb.com.
In the boys contest the two Bulldogs teams battled to a 9-to-9 standoff after one quarter. Gering started to establish its dominance in the second stanza and was able to lead by four, 26-to-22 at halftime. Junior Christian Groskopf began building his KNEB Taco John's Player-of-the-Game resume with six second quarter points. He ended up scoring 13 points, pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Gering put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Alliance 20-to-10.
Junior Grant Olsson was another Bulldog with a big game. After some early foul trouble Olsson returned to score 14 points and haul in nine rebounds.
Senior Austin Ferguson added 10 points and six rebounds for Gering as the Bulldogs had eight different players crack the scoring column. Solid Gering defense forced 24 Alliance turnovers, with 16 coming in the first half.
Gering is now 10-6 on the year, while Alliance dropped to 7-7. Red Cloud, South Dakota visits Alliance Saturday night, while Gering will jump back into action Tuesday at Ogallala. The game broadcast will follow the girls game on KNEB-AM and kneb.com.
Besides the 16 point effort from Groskopf
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