The Class B No. 5-rated Sidney boys basketball team survived another wild finish against No. 6 Scottsbluff on Saturday night as the Red Raiders prevailed 56-54 at Sidney.
In the girls game at Scottsbluff High School, Sidney enjoyed a fast start as the Red Raiders extended their winning streak to three games with a 54-44 win over Scottsbluff.
The Raider girls, who have won their last three games and seven of their last eight, outscored the Bearcats 20-12 in the opening quarter. Sidney then outscored Scottsbluff 12-9 in the second frame to enter halftime with a 32-21 advantage.
“Overall, we were pretty happy with how we came out,” Sidney coach Tyler Shaw said. “We had a couple players who weren’t here tonight and we had to juggle the lineup a little bit, so we’re proud of how we did.”
Sarah Mahr came up big once again for Sidney, collecting a game-high 22 points. She scored half of her points from the free-throw line, connecting on 11 of 13 attempts. The senior registered 30 points Friday in Sidney’s 52-45 victory over Gering.
“Sarah’s one of those players that can really get going,” Shaw said. “She kind of set the tone for us offensively, got to the rim, made some free throws, and took some pressure off of us. It was good to see her on her game for the second straight night.”
Mahr did most of her scoring in the opening frame. She tallied 12 points, including seven on free throws, as the Red Raiders grabbed the early momentum.
Although Sidney enjoyed a double-digit lead at halftime, Scottsbluff didn’t go away in the second half. Sidney outscored the Bearcats just 10-8 in the third quarter, and Scottsbluff outscored Sidney in the final stanza 15-12.
In addition to Mahr’s offensive output, six other Sidney players reached the scoring column. Cody Rowley finished with nine points, and Savanna Rosenbaum added eight. Katelin Cole contributed seven points.
Scottsbluff was led by Zoe Holscher, who registered 14 points. She scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter, including six on two 3-pointers. Chloey Reifschneider added nine points, and Chesney Walker had seven.
Sidney, which is 13-6 on the season, will play at Chadron next Friday. As for Scottsbluff, the Bearcats (2-14) will compete in the East-West Shootout beginning Thursday.
Sidney (13-6) 20 12 10 12—54
Scottsbluff (2-14) 12 9 8 15—44
Sarah Mahr 22, Rachel Petik 1, Katelin Cole 7, Cody Rowley 9, Ashley Stafford 2, Emily Mahr 5, Savanna Rosenbaum 8.
Chloey Reifschneider 9, Kelli Wentz 2, Aubree Ford 4, Zoe Holscher 14, Aly Camacho 6, Chesney Walker 7, Shaylee Roseberry 2.
Sidney boys hold off Scottsbluff
The Class B, Boys District 6 could certainly be considered the modern version of the wild west.
The Class B No. 5-rated Sidney boys, who were coming off a heartbreaking loss to Gering on Friday night, bounced back Saturday by holding off Scottsbluff 56-54 at the Cabela’s Activities Center in Sidney.
The win improved Sidney to 14-5 on the season.
“I was very proud of our players,” Sidney coach Erik Kohl said. “When we got done [Friday] night, I was hoping that our focus and all of our energy would just turn into this game tonight, but you never really know. We just grinded it out and played a possession-by-possession game.”
Kohl was elated to see his team come up big down the stretch.
Sidney clung to a 37-35 lead after the third quarter. The game remained tight through the first part of the fourth period, but Sidney did manage to jump out to a seven-point lead with just over three minutes left in the game. Scottsbluff eventually closed the deficit down to just one point with about a minute and a half left.
However, Sidney responded with a couple of scores to go back up by five with about a minute remaining. Scottsbluff’s Trent Harris nailed two 3-pointers to help close the gap back to one point. The teams then traded scores before a free throw put Sidney ahead 56-54.
Scottsbluff had one last chance to tie or win the game, but the Bearcats’ last shot was off the mark as time expired, allowing Sidney to escape with the win.
“I think it gives us another boost of confidence,” Kohl said. “We trailed the majority of the Gering game and then we finally got the lead with 15 seconds left and Palomo made a tremendous shot to win the game. Anytime you have a heart-breaking loss like that and have to play the next night, you are never really sure how people are going to bounce back. I was so proud of us to have that mentality. Now we have to close out the rest of the regular season.”
—By Dave Brunz