|Bronco girls rated seventh after Brady Tourney title win|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 08 January 2009 18:00|
By Dave Vrbas
The Wauneta Breeze
The Bronco girls earned the Omaha World-Herald’s seventh-place rating among Class D-1 girls teams after their holiday tournament play, soundly defeating previously undefeated Paxton in the first round, then winning the championship of the Brady Holiday Tournament by beating the host team.
In action this week, the Broncos (now 7-2) took a decisive win over Hitchcock County, 43-23, in the first round of the Cambridge Invitational, then lost to the host school, 48-26, to take second place in the tourney.
Full coverage of the Cambridge Invitational and this week’s upcoming contests against Hitchcock County at home Friday and Southwest on the road Saturday will appear in next week’s Breeze edition.
Beating undefeated Paxton
Taking on the then-undefeated, and seventh-rated in class D-2, Paxton Tigers in the first round of the Brady tournament seemed like a daunting task for head coach Roger Lauhead.
“You never know what you’re going to get when you don’t have practices for five days and have to take on a team like Paxton,” Lauhead said of the lead-up to the Broncos’ game against the Tigers. “You never know if you’re going to have the same team on the floor or not.”
Lauhead was pleased though with the way the Broncos rose to the challenge. “They responded really well and we had a great game against Paxton,” he said.
Great game indeed. The Broncs jumped out to a 13-4 first-period lead and never took a glance back, sewing up a 48-39 victory.
Blair Dixon and Tori Adams put the Broncos out to a quick lead by chucking in ten points together at the start, then a trey by Tia Simpson at the end of the quarter lifted the Broncos to their nine-point lead.
The Broncos continued to tack onto their lead, taking a 40-20 lead into the final quarter of play, where the Bronco reserves took on the Paxton varsity.
Adams led the Broncos in scoring against Paxton, tossing in 12 points. She also had two steals, a blocked shot and four rebounds in the game.
Dixon and Simpson were both in double-digit scoring for the Broncs, adding 10 points each in the win.
Dixon also contributed four steals, five rebounds and a blocked shot. Simpson led on the boards with seven rebounds total. She also led in steals with six and had a blocked shot.
Brandi Fanning added seven points, Sheila Riener five, Bethany Riener three and Shelby Hamilton tossed in a free throw for a point.
Overall, the Broncos were only 35.1 percent in field goal shooting and 29.4 percent from the free throw line, but the difference was in holding Paxton to 30.4 percent from the field. Paxton was effective at the line, at 45.8 percent of their foul shots dropping in.
The Broncos also had a slight edge in rebounding, 28-27. Defensively, the Broncos had 20 steals to the Tigers’ eight.
Taking the title from the host
The Broncos had no trouble getting their hands on the championship trophy for the second time in as many years, defeating Brady, 50-31. Leaping out to a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and increasing it to 29-13 at halftime, the Broncs’ rolled to the championship over the tourney’s host.
The win was a well-rounded effort for the whole team, with three girls in double digits.
Simpson scored a double-double in the match, pulling down 10 boards and tossing in 10 points. She also had two steals.
Bethany Riener led scoring with 12 points total. She also led in assists with five and had four steals and six boards. Dixon tossed in 11 points, pulled down seven boards, and had three blocks and steals each.
Other Bronco scorers were Fanning with seven, Adams with six, Sheila Riener with three and Hamilton again with a free throw for one.
The Broncos were 36.5 from the field and held Brady to just 21.6 percent. From the line, the Broncos were 36.8 percent and Brady just 33.3 percent.
The Broncos also led in steals, 15-8 and outrebounding Brady, 34-15.
The seventh-rated 7-2 Broncos will take on 6-4 Hitchcock County for the second time in five days with a regular season home match on Friday.
There will be only two quarters each of boys and girls jayvee action. The start times for the games have been moved back also, with girls jayvee now scheduled to start at 4 p.m. MT/5 p.m. CT here in Wauneta.
The Broncos will be on the road at 6-4 Southwest on Saturday, with girls jayvee action starting time set for 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT. If any changes are made to start times for the game, they will appear on the Breeze Web site.