North Platte has East-West Shootout bragging rights

Gering's Santanna Mitchell battling for one of her seven rebounds against McCook Saturday

After three days of games in the East-West basketball shootout the North Platte Bulldogs have bragging rights. Both Bulldog teams capped unbeaten weekends with convincing wins Saturday afternoon.

The boys team topped Class B's second rated Scottsbluff Bearcats 65-to-45. With a three game sweep over the past three days North Platte moves to 15-5 on the year. They also have jumped to fifth in the Class A power points.

Scottsbluff dropped to 17-4 in boys play. After an easy win against Lexington Thursday the Cats pulled out a dramatic, hard fought 60-to-57 double overtime win at Class B third rated McCook Friday. It seemed to drain the Bearcats for Saturday afternoon's game. However, the loss didn't hurt Scottsbluff in the Class B power points. The defending state champs remain second behind Elkhorn South.

The North Platte girls evened their record at 10-10 with a 61-to-39 win at Scottsbluff Saturday afternoon. The Cats, after a win against Lexington Thursday, dropped two in a row in the East-West shootout and dropped to 2-18 on the season.

The McCook girls can also brag about a 3-0 weekend on the road. They downed Gering Saturday afternoon 42-to-33. The Bison, winless three season's ago, are now 19-3. They set a school record Thursday night with their 17th win of the year against Alliance. Every win establishes a new record and they are now 5th in Class B power points.

Gering dropped to 10-11 on the season. Senior Santanna Mitchell was named the KNEB Taco John's Player of the Game for Gering Saturday, scoring six points and pulling down seven rebounds.

While the girls struggled against McCook Saturday the boys team put a great performance together and topped the third rated Bison 64-57. The Bulldogs led 18-to-8 at the end of the first quarter and never trailed after the midway point of the first quarter.

Senior Zac Bibb helped Gering get off to the fast start with 10 first quarter points and was named the KNEB Taco John's Player of the Game.

With two wins on the weekend Gering moved to 13-8 on the season. McCook, with two losses, dropped to 16-5 and they also fell from third to fourth in Class B power points.

The Alliance boys lost three straight over the weekend. Saturday Lexington surprised the Bulldogs 52-to-46. The Minutemen moved to 5-18 on the season while Alliance dropped to 8-12.

The Alliance girls topped visiting Lexington Saturday 49-to-26. It was a match-up of teams looking for a win on the weekend. Alliance evened its record at 10-10. Lexington fell to 7-16.

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