Hadden carries Scottsbluff to Western Conference title
A 39-point outburst by senior Michael Hadden carried the Scottsbuff Bearcats to a 65-52 win over Omaha Skutt Saturday night at Cougar Palace and to the championship of the Western Conference Invitational.
Hadden kept the Cats close in the first quarter with a seven point performance. Skutt led 13-12 at the end of the first period. Scottsbluff took a six point lead into halftime, thanks to a 12 point quarter by Hadden. He scored all but eight of the team's points in the stanza, including hitting 10-of-12 free throws.
Hadden added eight more points in the third quarter as the Bearcats extended their lead to 11, 51-40, going into the final period. Hadden got some help from Eric Moreno, who scored eight in the quarter.
Hadden completed his dominating performance scoring 12 of Scottsbluff's 14 fourth quarter points. He was eight of nine from the free throw line in the final stanza and 21 of 27 for the game.
Moreno added 11 points for the 3-0 defending state champs. Tyler Mickey came off the bench and added two three point field goals in the second quarter.
Skutt had a big game from Brian Schwetihenau who scored 20 to lead the Skyhawks.
Gering finished third in the boys division of the tournament. Randy Plummer's crew finished 2-1 in the three day tournament following a thrilling 53-50 overtime win against Sidney.
The Bulldogs fell behind 15-5 after one quarter but rallied to within two, 23-21 by halftime.
Junior Gage Winkler came off the Bulldog bench to lead the second quarter charge. He scored five points in the stanza and had eight of his team high 11 points in the first half.
The game was tied at 30-30 at the end of the third quarter and at 45-45 at the end of regulation. Senior Zac Bibb took charge in the overtime period for Gering scoring all five of his points in the extra stanza. Grant Olsson added a field goal in overtime after leading the Bulldogs' charge in the fourth quarter scoring six points. He finished the game with 10 points.
Paxton Ehler had 16 and Casey Mabey 14 to lead Sidney.
In other boys action Saturday Alliance won the fifth place game against Torrington and Chadron topped Mitchell in the 7th place contest.
The girls crown was captured by Chadron. The state's second rated C1 team downed Sidney in the title game 54-45. Alliance captured the 3rd place contest against Torrington, 35-31.
Omaha Skutt took 5th place with a 45-22 win against Gering. Meanwhile, Mitchell won the 7th place game over Scottsbluff, 42-26. Junior Toni Rosado scored 10 of the Bearcats' points.
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