GERING, Neb. – A big quarter from both the Gering High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams put a halt to the road victory bid by Torrington High School on Tuesday evening in Gering.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Blazers and Lady Bulldogs were knotted at 28 a piece going into halftime, but that’s when the home team turned up the pressure, handing Torrington a 65-55 loss.
Gering poured in 23 points in the third quarter while limited Torrington only nine points, taking a 51-37 lead into the final quarter.
Over the final eight minutes of the contest, the Lady Blazers cut the lead to 10 by the final horn, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 18-14.
THS junior AJ West led the team in scoring 18, while junior Reece Halley had 14. Junior Sierra Allen was also in double-figures with 11.
In the boys’ game, it was the fourth quarter which proved to be the undoing for the Blazers.
Torrington was outscored 17-6 over the final eight minutes in the 45-34 loss Tuesday evening.
The Blazers and Bulldogs battled to a 10-10 tie after a quarter, but Gering held an 18-17 advantage going into the half.
In the third quarter, the Blazers got the point back, tying the game at 28 apiece going into the fourth quarter.
However, in the final quarter, Torrington offense only mustered six points, coming up short in its bid to end a now eight game losing streak.
Senior Dylan Dreiling led the Blazers in scoring with seven, while Ryan Baker and Aidan Hull added six points each.
The Blazers will be back at home on Friday, wrapping up the first trip through the Class 3A Southeast Quad as Torrington hosts Rawlins. The varsity girls’ game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the boys’ contest to follow.