|Bronco girls take it to the buzzer against third-ranked C-2 Trojans|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:49|
By Dave Vrbas
The Wauneta Breeze
Any sports fan big on the art of weighing odds to determine the outcome of a game surely wouldn’t have put the Broncos up by 10 points going into the final quarter of play Friday night.
Anyone betting on the game would have put Cambridge at a clear advantage.
The Bronco girls took off on a tear in the third quarter, outgunning Cambridge 11-2 during the period to take a solid lead over the third-ranked team in Class C-2.
Then, as soon as the buzzer sounded and the girls took the court again, the momentum shifted. Cambridge used a 16-3 fourth-quarter run, including a trey at the buzzer, to dash the Broncs’ hopes of pulling off an upset.
Bronco coach Roger Lauhead said the girls played a great game against the Trojans, but just couldn’t get the job done.
He said he’s looking forward to seeing Cambridge again in some upcoming tournaments, but would have liked to see his squad finish the game with a win.
“I was pretty impressed with our game Friday,” Lauhead said. “With Blair Dixon sick all week, I worried about how Cambridge would take advantage of that. We missed some opportunities at the end, but overall I’m impressed.”
Dixon played off and on throughout the match, chipping in three points, but Lauhead said if she’d felt better she could have contributed more to the game.
“She really wanted to play well against Cambridge,” he said. “This was a big game to her.”
The Broncos fared well without one of their leading scorers playing for much of the game, with Tia Simpson leading the way for the Broncos for the second time in as many games.
“Tia is just a natural athlete. I could say I’m surprised that she’s leading our team, but she just really is a great athlete,” Lauhead said.
The Broncos battled back and forth with Cambridge throughout the game, down by two right before the buzzer rang for halftime.
Bethany Riener canned a trey from the bottom of the arc right at the buzzer to put the Broncos up 24-23 going into halftime.
The Broncos then pulled ahead, leading by 12 points for a moment of the third quarter.
As the fourth quarter kicked off though, Cambridge found their momentum again and began to piece together a comeback.
Lauhead said his team tried to hold onto the ball as much as possible with the Trojans down by four and about three minutes left on the clock.
“I told the girls not to take a shot unless it’s a layup so Cambridge couldn’t get the ball back,” Lauhead explained. “It wasn’t really stalling, it was just trying to keep Cambridge from getting the ball because they were hot at that point and we were struggling with our shooting.”
And struggle was the name of the game in the last quarter for the Broncos as the score was finally tied up with a few seconds on the clock after some missed shots underneath by the Broncos and a couple free throws bounced out.
Cambridge then mastered the art of running out the clock taking a timeout with 12 seconds left, working the clock down and relying on their big shooter, Bailie Soucie, to can a trey at the buzzer.
Soucie put the Trojans up by a score of 40-37 and gave them a 4-0 record overall.
Simpson led the Broncos with a double-double on the night, pumping in 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. She was perfect from outside the arc, nailing both of her three-point shots.
Bethany Riener also canned a pair of treys and followed in double figures for the Broncos with 10 points. She had three rebounds.
Tori Adams and Sheila Riener both chipped in four points for the night, Adams pulling down two rebounds and Riener seven boards.
Dixon helped out with three points and Brandi Fanning with two. Fanning led in assists with four.
The jayvee girls played evenly with Cambridge, but ended up on the losing side of things, dropping their game 29-35.
Jenae Bischoff led the Bronco jayvee with 10 points, followed by Dawnta Harchelroad with seven and Shelby Hamilton with six points.
Joselyn Ramirez added four points and Rebecca Strand two.
The 1-1 Broncos start off a grueling week of play Tuesday, playing host to 3-2 Dundy County-Stratton. The Breeze will have coverage of that game in next week’s issue.
Later this week, the Broncos travel to 1-3 South Platte. There will be no jayvee girls game that evening.
Action will kick off in Big Springs at 4 p.m. MT/5 p.m. CT with only two quarters of boys jayvee action instead.
Saturday night, the Broncos play host to the 0-5 Hayes Center Cardinals. Play will begin at 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT with jayvee girls action.