Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 27, 1976 · Page 31
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 31

Greeley, Colorado
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Friday, February 27, 1976
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Kri., Feb. 27,1976 GKEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 31 UNC women beat Wyoming By DEBBIE BRASKICIi Tribune-UNC Intern University of Northern Colorado women's basketball players did their part; now they can only wait to see what happens next. The Bears closed out the regular season with a thrilling 58-56 win over Wyoming in two overtimes, but won't know until Sunday whether or not they qualified for the regional tournament. It will take a loss from either Brigham Young, Utah State or Weber State this weekend for UNC to be eligible for the Intermountain regional tournament March 5-G, at Las Cruces, N. M. With added pressure due lo a playoff possibility, the intense rivalry with Wyoming and wanting to bow out a winner,. UNC played "the worst first half since I've been here" according to Coach Gloria Rodriguez. The Bears led 5-4 early in the first half, but fell behind as Wyoming connected on basket after basket. UNC trailed, 24-M, at the half. There was a six and a half minute scoring drought for both teams in the first half, broken by UNC's sophomore guard Nancy Steffy. Miss Sleffy's basket and the following two free throws by junior center Heide Hillmann cut Wyoming's lead to 12-9. But *** Vratil War Held Rupp Gouid Wilkcrson Porlcr Adamion McKune Jennett Ten It Fg Ft PI Tp 11 7 3 7 It 11 tl-11 Ti 61 everytime the pears closed the gap, Wyoming would come back with a couple baskets to regain a comfortable margin. There were many reasons for the disappointing UNC first half (poor shooting and l i t t l e rebounding to name two), but lack of hustle wasn't one. The Bears guarded their opponents closely and forced turnovers and errors. Miss Steffy, who scored 20 of her total 26 points in the second half, was instrumental in UNC's comeback. After Miss Hillmann and senior Beth Lindquist scored. Miss Steffy closed the Cowgirls' lead to 4238 late in the second half. Miss Lindquist added another basket, then Miss Sicffy sank a technical shot to put the Bears within one point. 42-41. For the first time since the opening minutes, UNC went ahead on a three-point play by Miss Hillmann. Kalhy Davis tied the score at 44 all and Cindy Bower gave the Cowgirls the lead once again. Miss Jennings tied it up again at 46-46 with less than iwo minutes left in the game. Then neither team could score, allhough th: action was frantic w i t h fouls, turnovers and missed shots. In the first f i v e - m i n u t e overtime, Miss Steffy scored with 1:50 left on the clock, but Wyoming wouldn't give up as Nancy Davis tied it up again with 22 seconds left to force a second overtime. Miss Bower of Wyoming came up with the first basket of the second overtime, but UNC countered with a basket by Miss Steffy. With the score at 50-50. Miss Steffy connected on a shot from the corner of the court to put the Bears ahead. . Miss Hilimann scored on a layup, but Wyoming scored two baskets [o tie the score again. Miss Steffy put UNC ahead for good with a basket with 36 seconds left. Miss Lindquist put in a layup to give UNC a 58-!; margin. Wyoming scored with two seconds left, but UNC claimed ils second victory over Wyoming this season. In the season opener, UNC downed Wyoming by two points. 54-52. "I was extremely pleased wilh the play under pressure," Miss Kodrigue/ said. Carol Jennett and Betsy McGinn came off the bench and played well. Miss Steffy led the UNC scorers with 26 points, followed by Miss Hillmann with \? points. Seniors Beth Lindquist and Mary Bledsoe both had 13 rebounds to lead the Bears in thai category. Miss Bower was lop scorer for the Cowgirls with 14 points, while Judy Wisroth had 13 rebounds for Wyoming. In the junior varsity game. UNC beat Wyoming, 65-49. led by Sue Rupp with 24 points and 13 rebounds. TANGLED ARMS - Beth Lindquist (34) of UNC and Chris Brown U U ) of Wyoming tie up the ball to force a jump off. Miss Lindquist and Mary Bledsoe, both seniors, helped the Bears win their final season game, 58-56, in two overtimes. (Tribune photo by Debbie Braskich) Humor has it that the Denver Broncos, you know, that other professional team in the Mile High City that plays under the watchful eye of "Bucko," will move its training camp to Fort Collins. Eaton's Herzberg to retire Bv S T K V K H A U K R Tribune Spurts Ertihir Eaton coach Dennis Her/berg will retire from his basket ball duties after 15 years of head coaching it was announced Thursday. "We re going lit lake a little vacation," the smiling Fighting Heds coach said. The high point in Herzberg'.s career came as his team won' tht slate Class AA basketball championship in 1972, beating rival Highland in an all-Welco finals. "We had only one losing season in 15 years," Herzbcrg said. "We played some pretty lough competition down the road and I was satisfied all the way." SENSING VICTOHY -- Eaton coach Dennis Herzberg comes off the bench with a win near at hand. Herzberg will retire from basketball coaching this year. (Tribune photo by Steve Bauer) . Herzberg's career record coming into Thursday's Wclco Assn. tournament was % wins against only 50 losses. He has been Eaton basketball and track coach for eight years. T'rior lo t h n t . ho roarhfri al Julesburg for seven years. Thursday's game was a high point in this season for Here- bcrg and the rest o f t IK Reds as Eaton beat Erie, 66-61, in a tournament upset. Erie was the number two seed from.-1hc Wclco's South Division and had beaten Raton, 87-70, in inter-division play earlier in the season. Eaton, the number three team from the North Division, after losing a disappointing game lo Highland Salurday, came into Ihe tournament with a 9-9 overall iniiik, uuiupdieil lu Erie's 12-4 record. Herzberg said. "I had decided to tell the kids about my decision after the Highland game. That was pretty tough because we lost that one pretty bad (77-54), but I didn't think it would be fair for Ihe kids to just pick up some rumor or something." He said he didn't think the announcement had much effect on the game for Eaton players emotionally. Herzberg will remain at Eaton teaching social studies and physical education and will also remain the head track coach. He said he hopes assistant coach Bob Irvin will be able to take over the reins of the basketball team. Herzherg and Irvin came to Eaton the same year. SCRAMBLE - Linda Gilpin of Wyoming (on the floor) tries to hold on lo a loose ball as Mary Bledsoe (center foreground) and Belli Lindquist (right) close in. It look two over limes, but the Bears beat Wyoming to keep hopes alive for a regional playoff spot. (Tribune photo by Debbie Braskich) the schedule PATH BLOCKED -- Robin Rakowski of Greeley Central- goes around a West player as the two cross-town rivals met in a league playoff game Thursday. The Spartans downed Central, 54-26, lo advance lo the tournament, i Tribune photo by Debbie Braskich) BASKETBALL OP AC Saturday, Feb. 28 N o r t h e r n Colorado al Southern Colorado. 7:30 p.m. V O R T I I K R V C O V F K H K V C K Friday, Feb. 27 Greeley Central at Fort Morgan, K p.m. Sterling at Greeley West, ft p.m. Pnudre at Longmont, H p.m. West girls beat Central in playoff Put a little LUV Pickup in your life! fa LUV is the perfect little pickup for work or play. Its 6-foot cargo box h?uls half a ton of practically anything you want to haul And its economical overhead cam engine is stingy with ga^nlinn EPA figures give LUV the best mileage ratings of any truck tested. A LUV pickup wilh its standard manual 4-speed transmission scored an impressivi 33 m.p.g. in Ihe EPA highway test and ?J m.p.g in the city Equipped with the available Turbo Hydra-rnatic transmission. LUV got 29 m p.g m Ihr; highway lest and 21 Greeley's Quality Dealer Since 1939 721 10th Street Greeley m.p.g. in the city. The actual mileage you get will vary depending on the type ol driving you do. your driving habits, your truck's condition, and available equipment. And Chevrolet's new LUV offers a lot more than good gas economy. Like power Iront disc brakes. Full foam seats. And power flow-through ventilation. But don't just take our word for it. Let us demonstrate our LUV for you. At your convenience. See you soon? CHEVROLET CO. 352-7140 The Greeley West girl's basketball team qualified for the Northern Conference's postseason tournament with a 54-26 win over rival Greeley Central at West's gym Thursday night. The Spartans, who finished in fifth place in Ihe league standings, travel to Poudre for a 5 p.m. game Saturday in the tournament quarterfinals. Greeley West's victory was ils third of the year over Central, and coach Ken Bateman is optimistic as his Spartans enter the playoff. "We played real good against Central," he said. "Our girls were nervous about this game before \ started, because they almost beat us last time. But we played four good quarters of basketball." The Spartans outscored the Wildcats by 13-1 in (he first period and 14-2 in the second for a H/-6 halftone bulge. Sharon Rady, whom Bateman described as "improving every game,"scored 15 points and hauled down 20 rebounds to lead the Spartans in both categories. Lori Overbeck added eight points. Sophomore Dawn Swanscn scored 12 points to lead Greeley Central's efforts as the Wildcats record went to 0-11 on the year. But West coach Bateman said the Central team was improving. "They played us real close in the last game," Bateman said. "Fundamentally, they were three limes the team at the end of the year than when we plaved them the first time." West beat the Wildcats by 7G- 19in their first game, but had to come-from-behind for a si-40 t r i u m p h last Tuesday. The Spartans now have an 8-fi overall record. Miss Kady will lead the Spartans into the playoffs with a scoring average and 14 rebound average. Miss Overbeck is the second leading scorer with an 8.4 average. Recently joining the Spartans after recovering from the flu was Karen Harclerode, and her presence should help Greeley West in the playoffs. West deteated Poudre by 4038 in a previous encounter, but Poudre finished in third place in the conference with a 7-3 league record. "They are excellent shooters," Bateman said. "But we'll have a height advantage. So we'll have to keep Ihe ball away from them by controlling the hoards, because they ran put it in the basket if they get the ball." Irma Whitman leads Poudre in scoring, "and they have two free throws. We'll have (ruble winning these close games if we keep missing free throws like we've been doing. We've got to shoot about 50-60 per cent from the line." Other playoff games in the Northern Conference Thursday saw Niwot beat Longmont. 57 5ft, in four overtimes; and Rocky M o u n t a i n be;t Fort Morgan 55-23. Other q u a r t e r f i n a l games Saturday finds Sterling hosting Niwot al 2 p.m.: Centanrns at Lovcland at 7:30 p.m.; and Rocky MounliiMi at Fort Collins at 5:30p.m. The semifinals will by next Tuesday at Longmont High School. Gr.Wcst(M) pg f t Rocky Mountain at Niwot, 8 p.m. Centaurus at Fort Collins, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 N o r t h e r n C o n f e r e n c e playoffs, sites lo be determined. NOKTH-CKNTRAI. TOUHNHY I-Yi., Feb. 27 Pcelz vs. Briggsdale, 7 p.m., at Highland High School. Aull. Prairie vs. Pawnee, 8:30 p.m., at Highland High School, Ault. Sal. Feb. 28 Continuation of tournament. WEI.COASSN. L E A G U E T O U K N A M K N T Fri.,Feb.27 Roosevelt vs. Erie, 4 p.m., Guntcr Hall. Kstes Park vs. Valley, 5:30 p.m., Hunter Hall. Weld Central vs. Highland. 7 p.m., Guntcr Hall. University vs. Eaton, 8:30 p.m., Guntcr Hall. Sal., Feb. 2« Championship and consolation finals and third place gnme. WRESTLING NCAAWKSTEItN REGIONALS Friday, Feb. '27 NCAA Western Regionals. 1 p.m. al Butler-Hancock Hall. Saturday, Feb. W NCAA Western Regionals, finals al 7:30 p.m. MKN'S S W I M M I N G Feb. U7-2X UNC a t I n t e r m o u n t a i n S w i m m i n g League C h a m - pionships, Las Cruces, N.M.. noon. Feb. 27-5JK Colorado State High School Meet, all day in Bnuldei. WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS Saturday. Feb. 28 UNC al District Qualifying Meet, at Colorado Slate. 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