|Lady Broncos cruise by Med Valley, cave to Sutherland|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 10 February 2011 20:06|
By Josh Sumner
The Wauneta Breeze
Medicine Valley (1-16) was no match for Wauneta-Palisade last Thursday, as the Raiders fell to WP 66-38 in a blowout.
The Lady Broncos used contributions from virtually every player on the team as they racked up their second highest scoring effort of the season. Five players scored at least 6 points for Wau-Pal, who never looked back after jumping out to a 25-12 first quarter lead.
The inside-out combination of Sheyla Christner and Bethany Riener was a force to be reckoned with on this particular night. Riener scored a game-high 22 points, while snatching 7 steals and pulling down 8 rebounds. Christner scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds on the night.
Lady Bronco Brooklyn Nordhausen posts up a Medicine Valley defender in WP’s 28-point victory over the Raiders. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)
Sutherland completes comeback against Lady Broncs
Unable to capitalize on momentum built following their 28-point drubbing of Med Valley just a day prior, the Lady Broncos relinquished an 8-point half-time lead to fall at home against Sutherland (13-5) 40-34 .
Sprinting to a 22-10 lead that spanned the first and second quarter, Wau-Pal played the role of aggressor throughout the first half. The second quarter opened with a 3-pointer from the corner by Rebecca Strand and a nifty inside move by Jenae Strand — sure signs that the WP offense was finding its stride. Easy shots inside came one after another, as the Lady Broncos offense worked to design.
But early in the fourth quarter, everything would change in an instant.
Top WP post player Sheyla Christner was lost just minutes into the final frame on a controversial fifth foul call. Christner’s trip to the bench came moments after Lady Bronco Jenae Bischoff had to exit with an ankle injury.
Jenae Bischoff of the Wau-Pal girls basketball team holds the ball high as she looks inside for an open teammate. Bischoff scored 15 total points in two games on the week.
With two of their best players out of the game, Wau-Pal clung to a 30-29 lead. The WP advantage quickly evaporated, however, as Sutherland got the ball in low for easy scores against the depleted Lady Bronco front court. The Sailors finished the game on an 11-4 run to escape with the victory.
The loss of Christner and Bischoff truly hurt Wau-Pal, as each player finished tied for the team-high with 7 points on the evening. Lady Bronco Head Coach Roger Lauhead said it was on the defensive side of the ball where they most missed though.
“They know where to be when we’re running our press,” said Lauhead. “Other players weren’t quite in the right spots. They’re really important to us because the experience they bring.”
WP’s Rebecca Strand drives the ball against Medicine Valley, a game in which she scored 9 points and pulled down 5 boards.
Abbie Fanning joined Bischoff and Christner by also scoring 7 points, while Bethany Riener scored below her average with just 6 points.
The game featuring two evenly-matched teams included 6 lead changes and 3 ties.
Junior varsity results
The Wauneta-Palisade girls basketball team’s underclassed players continue to develop, as was proven by Brooklyn Nordhausen’s 10-point performance in a jayvee victory over Sutherland, 34-29. Fellow freshman Tailor Lee added 8 points in the victory.
No jayvee girls game was played at Medicine Valley.
The Lady Broncos play their final home game of the year tomorrow (Friday) when they host Maywood. Games get underway with girls junior varsity action, which is slated to begin at 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT. WP travels to Chase County for subdistrict action beginning Monday, Feb. 14.