Big third quarter spurs Gering past Sidney

Megan Upp in action against Scottsbluff last week

Gering girls basketball coach Adam Freeburg said after Thursday night's semifinal B6 District basketball game against Sidney that he was concerned his team was going to get blown out early. It didn't happen and Gering used a 20-to-8 third quarter edge on the way to a 37-to-35 win over the Lady Raiders.

"I thought it could be a long night," Freeburg said about the first quarter. "But the girls weren't going to let that happen. They played hard and I am so proud of them."

Gering trailed 14-to-7 at the end of the first stanza, but then put the clamps on the second seeded Lady Raiders in the second quarter. Gering outscored Sidney 6-to-4 to cut the halftime deficit down to 18-to-13.

The Bulldogs came out on fire in the third quarter, outscoring Sidney 20-to-8 in the third period. A three point field goal by senior Alexa Anderson with 4:13 to go in the quarter gave Gering its first lead of the game at 24-to-22 and they never trailed again.

The Bulldogs took a 33-to-26 lead into the final quarter. Then things got interesting.

After Gering scored the first four points of the period, to go up 37-26, they didn't score over the final six minutes of the game.

Sidney kept chipping away and got to within two with just over a minute to go in the game. They missed on a number of opportunities to tie or take the lead in the final minute.

"We gave them probably five opportunities to tie or win in that final minute," Freeburg said. "But our girls responded. I am so happy for them.

"We wanted this one pretty bad," Freeburg continued. "We felt we let one get away down in Sidney(a four point Gering loss)earlier. The girls are excited to play McCook tomorrow."

Anderson and Megan Upp led Gering with nine points each. Upp added seven rebounds and three blocked shots and was named the KNEB Taco John's Player-of-the-Game.

Gering out rebounded the Lady Raiders 41-to-28. Santanna Mitchell led Gering with nine boards. Kaylee Spreier added seven.

Gering will take a 12-11 record into Friday night's 7:00 p.m game against top seeded McCook. The Bison moved to 20-4 on the season with a 66-to-46 win over stubborn Alliance.

The Bulldogs got a career high 19-points from Olivia Vogel, 11 coming in the first quarter, to keep the game close throughout. Brooklyn Trew answered Vogel's 11-point first quarter with 11 of her own. She finished the game with 18-points. Rachel Goltl added 16 for McCook.

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