|Bronco girls go up 4-1 with three wins last week|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 25 December 2008 02:54|
By Dave Vrbas
The Wauneta Breeze
The lady Bronco basketball team went on a tear last week, posting a solid win over Dundy County-Stratton on Tuesday, then defeating South Platte and Hayes Center soundly in weekend play.
The Broncos, taking on a long week of play with three games on the slate right after their game against Cambridge the weekend prior, made quick work of all three opponents.
Hosting the Tigers from DC-Stratton on Tuesday, the Broncos took only a five-point lead into halftime. Coming out of the locker room after intermission, the Broncos turned up their level of play, going 23-1 in the third quarter and taking over the contest.
The final quarter saw a more even play between the two teams, with DCS and WP both scoring nine points.
Head Coach Roger Lauhead was pleased with his team’s 57-30 win over the Tigers. He was especially pleased with Bethany Riener’s 22 points in the game.
“When Bethany gets on a roll with her shot, she can really make a difference in the game,” Lauhead said. “Her shot was on the night before in practice, and she had a great third quarter against Dundy County.”
Riener scored 12 of her 22 points in the third quarter, nine of them coming from three-point shots.
Blair Dixon added 12 points in the game and had five rebounds. Tori Adams rounded out double-digit scoring with 10 on the night, also pulling down four boards. Tia Simpson led in rebounds with six.
Action at South Platte
The Broncos trounced South Platte on the road last Friday, jumping out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead against the numbers-challenged Blue Knights on their home turf.
The Knights, with very few girls competing in the sport, couldn’t put up much of a fight against the Broncos, dropping the match, 55-17.
Dixon led the Broncos in scoring with 21 points. She also pulled down five rebounds.
“Blair had a real good game against South Platte, by taking rebounds coast to coast and scoring,” Lauhead said of the Bronco senior’s game. “I hope we can get four or five players in double figures,” Lauhead added. “Playing a faster game than we have played for the last few years might give us a chance to get more players scoring.”
Simpson tossed in 11 points to also end in double digits. She also led in steals with seven.
The Bronco bench got to see a lot of playing time at South Platte, and Lauhead was pleased with the results as several reserves contributed.
Jenae Bischoff led the team in rebounds with eight total on the night.
Hosting Hayes Center
The Broncos hosted the Hayes Center Cardinals on Saturday night, jumping out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead and never looking back.
The Broncos really ran away with the game in the third quarter, taking a lead of 55-11 before Lauhead could play his reserves.
Due to the restrictions on how much playing time each individual athlete can see during an event, Lauhead couldn’t play his jayvee starters and players until the fourth quarter. The jayvees played even with Hayes Center, 5-5.
Dixon again led the Broncos in their 60-16 win over Hayes Center, scoring 20 points on the evening. She was just short of a triple-double in the game, pulling down eight rebounds and netting 10 steals.
Blair shot 76 percent from inside the lane and really broke the game open,” Lauhead said of her game.
Simpson was in double digits again with 14 points. She also secured six rebounds for the home team.
Bethany Riener rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 on the night. She also had seven assists.
Again, the bulk of Riener’s points came in the third quarter, where she scored ten points, most from fast breaks as the Broncos kept the Cards away from the basket with tough defensive play.
The Bronco C team finally got to see some action last week, taking on DCS at home. The Broncos came up short in the match, 24-19.
Renae Gardner led the team with 12 points in the match. All of her points came in the third and fourth quarters. Laura Rundback threw up two treys in the game for six points and Kelsie Skelton added a free throw for one.
In jayvee action against DCS, the Broncos fared better against the Tigers, squeaking out a 31-30 win.
Bischoff led the scoring effort for the Bronco jayvee team, chipping in 17 points. Rebecca Strand scored six, Dawnta Harchelroad four, Shelby Hamilton three and Joselyn Ramirez tossed in a free throw for one.
The jayvee also took a win over Hayes Center on Saturday, winning 33-27.
Bischoff again led the squad with 10 points. Strand and Hamilton added seven apiece, Sheyla Christner five, and Skelton and Harchelroad both added two points.
The Broncos take a 4-1 record into holiday play, where they’ll see some tough competition.
Wauneta-Palisade takes on Paxton next Monday as part of the Brady High School Holiday Tournament, with action slated for 3:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. CT.
Class D-2 Paxton, now 6-0 on the season, looks to be one of the bigger challenges for the Broncos so far this season. They are coming off a third-place finish in state volleyball and are a perennial powerhouse.
“Playing Paxton after a five day layoff will be difficult,” Lauhead said of the match.
On the opposite side of the four-team bracket are Brady and Anselmo-Merna. Brady, a D-2 school, is 1-3 on the season thus far. Anselmo-Merna, in C-2, has a 1-5 record on the season.
See the bracket at left for more information. The Breeze website will also be updated with the bracket for the tournament.
The following week, the Broncos will head to Cambridge for their holiday tourney. That bracket will appear in next week’s paper and online as it is made available.
Cambridge, now 5-0 on the season, leads Class C-2 in wildcard points. They handed the Broncos their only loss of the season so far, a three-point game, here last weekend.