SIDNEY, Neb. — Just like they did four weeks ago, the Sidney and Gering girls basketball teams hooked up in a defensive slugfest in their second meeting of the season on Friday night in Sidney.
And just like the first, the Red Raiders managed to prevail 31-27 to improve their season record to 13-5.
“We were fortunate to sneak a win out tonight,” Sidney coach Tyler Shaw said. “It was a grind between two teams that play good defense.”
The win snapped Sidney’s two-game losing skid. The Raiders suffered through cold fourth quarters in both of their losses to state-rated Chadron and Hershey last weekend.
“It feels good because we had a rough weekend last week in the fourth quarter,” Shaw said. “It was nice to see some kids step up in the fourth quarter tonight. We made just enough plays to hold on.”
Trailing 19-18 entering the final frame, Sidney outscored Gering 13-8 in the last eight minutes. The Raiders took the lead for good thanks to a clutch basket from senior Madi Malzahn. It proved to be Malzahn’s only points of the game.
Sidney was led in scoring by Sarah Mahr, who scored a game-high 12 points. Abbi Porter added six points for the Raiders.
“We struggled scoring all night and Gering came in with a good game plan,” Shaw said. “We just really struggled shooting the ball from the outside. Late in the game we did a better job of attacking and managed to get a couple baskets inside, which were huge.”
Megan Upp and Jessica Rogers scored six points each to lead Gering in scoring.
Both teams struggled at the free-throw line. Sidney was just 7 of 16, while Gering was 8 of 22.
Sidney will return to action today when it hosts Scottsbluff.
Gering, who is now 9-9 on the season, will host North Platte on Thursday.
Gering (9-9) 7 5 7 8 — 27
Sidney (13-5) 8 8 2 13 — 31
Ashlyn Schultz 3, Allie Vacha 2, Megan Upp 6, Jessica Rogers 6, Alexa Anderson 1, Santanna Mitchell 5, Dakota Gellner 2, Katie O’Boyle 2.
Abbi Porter 6, Sarah Mahr 12, Madi Malzahn 2, Karissa Segelke 4, Morgan Linneman 2, Jeni Heeren 5.