|Lady Broncs top Falcons, fall at Southwest|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 14 January 2011 22:10|
By Josh Sumner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade girls basketball team (6-6) outscored Hitchcock County (8-4) 21-8 in the second quarter as they ran past the Falcons 57-42 last Friday.
In a rematch of teams that met just four days earlier — a game won by Hitchcock County 46-38 — it was Wau-Pal who played the role of aggressor. It didn’t start out that way, however.
Incorporating their stingy full-court trap, the Falcons were able to sprint to an 8-2 lead as easy steals led to even easier lay-ups.
“Hitchcock likes to dish it off to the weak side, and that’s what they did tonight,” said WP Head Coach Roger Lauhead. “They nailed us right away.”
Lauhead decided to match wits, however, as the Lady Broncos came out in a similar press.
Defensive stops led to extra opportunities for Wau-Pal, who started hitting its outside shots.
Jenae Bischoff, at right, and Lady Bronco teammate Laura Rundback bump fists before last Friday's home game against Hitchcock County. It was the first game played at the Wauneta gymnasium this season as the building has been in the midst of construction. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)
First it was Jenae Bischoff. Then Abbie Fanning. Then Bethany Riener. The girls in blue and red caught fire from long-range, which ignited a 33-13 run leading into halftime. Wau-Pal shot an impressive 7-16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range in the ball game.
In the second half, the Lady Broncs continued their march toward victory, never taking their foot off the gas pedal. WP’s consistency from the free-throw line kept the Falcons from getting back in the game, as they went 10-12 (83.3 percent).
“Our team wanted to win this game bad tonight,” said Lauhead.
Four Wau-Pal players hit double-digit scoring, including Bischoff, who led the way with 20 points in one of her best games of the year. Bischoff went 2-3 from 3-point range and didn’t miss one free throw, going 6-6.
Riener followed with 12 points, while Shelby Hamilton and Sheyla Christner scored 10 points each.
Offense goes cold at Southwest
WP looked to repeat its solid Friday night performance when it traveled to Bartley to take on the Southwest Roughriders (7-4) on Saturday.
The Lady Broncs looked strong through about a quarter and a half of action as they led Southwest by as many as 8 points in the second quarter. The inside prowess of Christner opened up outside looks for Riener as Wau-Pal appeared to be in cruise control.
Then Southwest began chipping away. Missing their chance to tie the game with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first half, the Roughriders trailed WP 23-21 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the momentum shifted. In one of the most frustrating periods Lady Broncos fans have seen this season, Wau-Pal was held to no points in the quarter. Southwest failed to fully seize control, however, only scoring 8 points of their own, as they took a 6-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Rebecca Strand (No. 21), at right, gets into her defensive stance for Wauneta-Palisade in last Saturday’s game at Southwest. The Broncos came out on the short end of the stick in the ball game, losing by 11 points. Next up for the Lady Broncos is a pair of games this weekend — an away contest against Perkins County on Friday and a home game against Garden County on Saturday.
The Lady Broncs’ frustrations continued to the end of the game. They were only able to muster 5 points in the entire second half, and seemed to watch the game slip by them. With over half the fourth quarter’s time still on the clock, the Lady Broncos were only down 7 points. But in the end, it was Southwest holding on to win a sloppy one by 11 points.
Second change points were key for the Roughriders, especially in the second half. Southwest out-rebounded WP 22-12 in the game.
The game at Southwest marked the Lady Broncos’ fourth in six days. Lauhead said he could sense lack of energy in his players Saturday, especially after a tough game Friday against Hitchcock County.
“This part has been tough — it’s a tough part of the schedule,” said Lauhead.
Leading the scoring for WP against Southwest was Riener with 14 points, and Christner with 11.
Junior varsity results
The Wau-Pal girls junior varsity basketball team continued to take strides as it knocked off Hitchcock County in convincing fashion 35-9 last Friday.
The team repeated its solid scoring effort on Saturday at Southwest, but couldn’t keep the lead as they fell 41-38 on the road.
The Lady Broncos head to Perkins County for a later-than-normal start tomorrow (Friday) with girls junior varsity action starting at 4:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. CT. The varsity girls game will start immediately afterward.
Wau-Pal hosts Garden County on Saturday, with a normal 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT start.