The Sidney basketball teams swept Western Conference foes Gering and Scottsbluff over the weekend. Playing Gering and Scottsbluff for the second consecutive week, the Class C-1 top ranked Lady Raiders earned a road win Friday over Gering 56-44 and a great defensive win Saturday at home over Scottsbluff 59-26. The Class C-1 number six Red Raiders battled to a 66-60 win at Gering Friday and then avenged a loss to Class B number five Scottsbluff in the Western Conference Tournament championship game at home on Saturday 58-51.

On Friday, the Lady Raiders were badly outrebounded by the hot shooting Bulldogs but forced 35 Gering turnovers on the night that they turned into 27 Sidney points. Leading by just five points at halftime, the Lady Raider defense generated 11 turnovers to outscore the Bulldogs 21-11 in the quarter to take a 48-33 lead heading into the final period. Karsyn Leeling paced the Lady Raiders with 18 points while Kayla Westby added 12 points and four rebounds.

Saturday’s game with Scottsbluff was a rematch of a hard-fought girl’s Western Conference Tournament championship game won by the Lady Raiders 51-43. This time at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility Sidney left little doubt, holding the Bearcats to seven points or less in every quarter for a 33-point win. On Senior Night, senior Chloe Ahrens jump-started the Lady Raider assault with four three-pointers in the opening quarter as Sidney bolted to a 16-7 lead after the first period. Ahrens ended the night with a game-high 12 points and grabbed five rebounds while holding Ava Reed, the Bearcats second leading scorer, at 11.6 points per game, scoreless on the night. Karsyn Leeling chipped in 11 points, Payton Schrotberger and Jordan DeNovellis added 10 points to put four Lady Raiders in double figures. With the win, Sidney’s record improves to 20-0.

The Red Raiders battled through a pair of challenging contests over the weekend beginning with Gering on Friday. With Sidney leading 13-11 after the first quarter, Gering made 10 of their 14 shots in the second to take a 35-32 lead into intermission. But in the third period, the Red Raiders held the Bulldogs to just three of 14 from the floor to take the lead for good 48-46 heading into the final stanza. Junior Landon Riddle led all scorers with 21 points to pace three Red Raiders in double figures. Isak Doty pumped in 14 points and Reid Fiscus added 11 points and a team high six rebounds in a 66-60 win.

The Red Raiders’ matchup on Saturday with Scottsbluff at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility was all it was projected to be, and more. The Bearcats bolted to an early 19-13 lead after the first period of play. Isak Doty’s six second quarter points helped Sidney cut the Scottsbluff lead in half at intermission, 29-26. Once again, a strong second half by the Red Raiders was the difference in the game. Sidney scored 10 more points and grabbed six more rebounds than the Bearcats after the break for a 58-51 win. Sidney’s balanced attack had four Red Raiders scoring in double figures led by Reid Fiscus and Isak Doty with 14 points each. Landon Riddle added 11 points while Alek Doty chipped in 10 points to propel the Red Raiders to their 18th win against two defeats.

The Lady Raiders are back on the hardwood on Tuesday when they travel to Alliance for a matchup with the Bulldogs. The junior varsity tips off at 5:00 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Sidney will host Chadron for a double-header action at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility. Junior varsity games begin at 4:00 p.m. with the girls’ varsity slated for 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ varsity at 7:00 p.m.