SIDNEY, Neb. — The Sidney girls basketball team improved to 14-5 by picking up a 55-32 win over Scottsbluff on Saturday night at Sidney High School.
“We shot the ball a lot better tonight than we did against Gering [Friday],” Sidney coach Tyler Shaw said. “We hit some shots from the outside that kind of opened things up. Scottsbluff is a scary team – I don’t care what their record is – Coach [Mike] Burda coaches them up and they play hard.”
The Red Raiders opened up a 29-15 halftime lead after Kylee Price nailed a half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Sidney kept the momentum going in the third by outscoring the Bearcats 18-4 in the frame.
Scottsbluff was able to find some rhythm in the fourth after grabbing a 13-8 edge in scoring, but the surge didn’t hold up as the Red Raiders cruised to the 23-point win.
Shaw noted that a key for Sidney was its performance at the free-throw line. The Raiders drilled 18 of 22 from the foul line, which set well with the seventh-year coach.
“Free-throw wise it was the best we’ve shot all year,” Shaw said. “That’s pretty good for us.”
Sidney bounced back from a pair of losses to Chadron and Hershey last week, picking up a 31-27 win over Gering on Friday before handing Scottsbluff its 16th loss of the season on Saturday. Shaw noted that things aren’t going to get any easier for the Red Raiders before districts with their final three games at home against Chadron on Friday; at Mitchell on Saturday, and at home again next Friday against Alliance.
“We’ve got Chadron at our place and then we go on the road against a scary Mitchell team,” Shaw said. “So it’s not going to be an easy weekend.”
The Red Raiders put 10 players into the scoring column, led by Sarah Mahr with 13 points and two three pointers. Jeni Heeren added nine points, while Cody Rowley chipped in eight.”
Scottsbluff was led by junior Kiley Guerue, who finished with 10 points. Liz Cunningham collected seven points, while Toni Rosado added six.
Sidney (14-5) 17 12 18 8 — 55
Scottsbluff (1-16) 9 6 4 13 — 32
Abbi Porter 6, Sarah Mahr 13, Sarah Krueger 2, Madi Malzahn 2, Karissa Segelke 7, Katelin Cole 2, Kylee Price 4, Cody Rowley 8, Morgan Linneman 2, Jeni Heeren 9.
Liz Cunningham 7, Alexus Pinedo 3, Zoe Holscher 4, Kiley Guerue 10, Chesney Walker 2, Toni Rosado 6.