Girls Basketball: Scottsbluff v. McCook

The Scottsbluff girls basketball team fell behind early and then rallied to register its 10th victory of the season last Friday night with 57-50 win over the McCook Bison.

The Lady Bearcats were stung early as the hot-shooting Bison jumped out to leads of 7-0 and 12-2 before the Cats mounted their comeback.

Trailing 21-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Cats cut the deficit to 25-21 at the half.

On offense the Lady Bearcats were led by junior Yara Garcia’s 19 points. Junior teammate Aubry Krentz added 12 along with senior Makenzie Dunkel who also had 12 points.

“You know it feels nice to know that my team trusts me enough to be able to go in and take the shots and drive to the hoop the way I do,” Garcia said.

The Bearcats picked up the pace after half time outscoring McCook 16-9 in the third quarter to take a 37-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

It was a lead they never relinquished although McCook made one final push in the fourth quarter

“It’s more of a mentality than something going right. When the opportunity comes to score, I have to focus and tell myself the ball is going in the hoop, or that I’m going to make the shot,” Dunkel said.

In the final quarter the Bison cut the Cat’s lead to 52-48 late, but key free throw shooting down the stretch gave Scottsbluff the 57-50 win.

“This game was a huge confidence boost that we can overcome obstacles if work hard as a team. I thought it was one of our most balanced efforts of the year and came at a perfect time. This was

one of the most exciting girls’ basketball teams in the state; they can make huge plays but also are committed to each other and the art of team work,” Coach David Bollish said.

Despite the rocky start, Bollish said he trusted the team’s ability to comeback and was impressed with their effort and toughness.

The win was especially sweet considering the Bearcats had blown a 12 point lead in the 4th quarter the night before in a 61-57 loss to North Platte.

The next action for the Lady Bearcats will be on Monday in the B-8 sub district when they face Gering, a team they beat two times during the regular season.