Sidney Falls to Scottsbluff
SIDNEY - The Sidney Lady Raiders and Red Raiders faced Scottsbluff for the second time in ten days and although the games this time were at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility, the outcome was the same. However, the scores were much closer than the previous games. The Lady Bearcats were forced to come from behind to edge the Lady Raiders 66-62, while the Red Raiders battled back from a 21-point deficit to fall to the Bearcats 63-47.
The Lady Raiders fell behind early as Scottsbluff senior Mariyah Avila poured in 11 first-quarter points, including a trio of threes, on the way to a 16-11 lead. Bearcat Junior Payton Burda picked up the slack in the second period with three 3-pointers and 11 points to build the Scottsbluff lead to 35-25 at halftime.
Junior Reese Riddle and freshman Kayla Westby sparked a Sidney comeback in the third quarter, combining for 13 points, to cut the Scottsbluff advantage to 47-44 at the end of the period.
Sidney continued to battle in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 58-58 with 2:22 remaining. After sophomore Marly Laucomer gave the Bearcats the lead back 60-58, Reese Riddle tied the game at 60-60 with a pair of free throws with 1:46 to go. A steal on the Bearcats next possession by junior Rheagan Stanley and a layup by sophomore Katie Ramsey gave Sidney the lead, 62-60 with 1:29 remaining. Scottsbluff Sophomore Paige Horne, who finished with a game-high 23 points, tied the game off n inbounds play with 32 seconds left. The Lady Raiders would close out the game missing 7 straight free throws and fall 66-62 to go to 17-6 on the season.
SIDNEY - Rheagan Stanley 16, Brynna Ross 5, Chloe Ahrens 0, Reese Riddle 17, Gabby Fortner 15, Kayla Westby 6, Emilee Wieser 0, Katie Ramsey 3
SCOTTSBLUFF - Mariyah Avila 19, Tierra West 0, Paige Horne 23, Shae Willats 0, Taryn Spady 0, Anna Kelley 3, Payton Burda 17, Marly Laucomer 4
The last time the Sidney Red Raiders played Scottsbluff, the Bearcats made a team-record 18 three pointers and won 87-49. That scenario looked like it would be repeated Tuesday night as the Bearcats hit 5 triples in the first period to take a 21-14 lead. However, Scottsbluff found other ways to score as they made only one more three the rest of the night. Junior Tate Talkington, who averages 8.7 points per game poured in 16 first half points to send the Bearcats to the locker room with a 15-point, 36-21 lead.
Scottsbluff continued to methodically pull away in the second half, building a 50-30 advantage after three quarters. Sidney cut the lead to 59-45 with 3:08 to go in the game, but that was as close as the Red Raiders would get, falling 63-47.
SIDNEY - Jacob Dowse 4, Sawyer Dickman 18, Brayden Shaw 0, Grant Smircich 0, Wyatt Heckenlively 1, Cam Leeling 3, Isak Doty 3, Micah Schneider 10, Treyson Johnstone 4, Luke Uhlir 0, Jonathan Carillo 2, Luke Holly 0, Landon Riddle 0, Koleman Kaiser 0
SCOTTSBLUFF – Tyler Harre 3, Kellon Harris 6, Trevor Schwartz 5, Austin Thyne 11, Jackson Ostdiek 2, Anthony Martin 0, Tate Talkington 26, Michael Mickey 8, Landon Amundsen 0, Tyson Klein 0, Jose Rodriguez 0, Kaedon Patton 2, Max Howell 0
Sidney is back on the hardwood Friday when they travel to Alliance to wrap up their regular season. The girls game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys game at 7:00 p.m. Catch all the action on 1340 AM and 95.7 FM, Cheyenne County Country.