|Wau-Pal takes down Chase County in thriller|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 22:30|
By Josh Sumner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade boys basketball team (20-1) hung on for a hard-fought 59-52 win over cross-county rival Chase County (9-13) last Tuesday, thanks in large part to the late-second heroics of senior Drew Harris.
Finding his team down by 6 points throughout most of the fourth quarter, Harris hit a pair of free throws to tie the game 52-52 with exactly 2 minutes left on the game clock. One minute later, he outdid himself, as he banged home the game-winning shot from the 3-point wing, sending the capacity Bronco crowd into a frenzy.
“Shots like that one at the end of the game just come natural to me,” said an excited Harris on his way to the locker room. “You’ve got to trust your shot.”
A game that probably felt like pulling teeth for the players involved was a teeter-tottering affair from the tip-off. Each team held several leads, with no lead ever growing beyond 7 points for either side. Wauneta-Palisade Head Coach DaveKuhlen called it a “learning experience.”
WP’s Logan Bischoff (No. 20), at center, works his way through the lane with Maywood defenders all over his back. Bischoff finished the game with 6 points and 6 rebounds. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)
“You learn something from almost every game you play,” said Kuhlen. “In this one, there were a ton of things to learn from. Hopefully we do, and it does us good.”
With 3:45 left in the ball game, Chase County clung to a 6-point lead. Inside a packed Wauneta gymnasium that housed many Bronco and Longhorn faithful, the momentum swung to the home team. The Horns’ lead crumbled as WP ended on a 13-0 run that was mostly complimented by good free throw shooting following Harris’ big 3-pointer. Up until that point, Chase County had imposed its will on Wau-Pal for most of the game.
One area that helped the Longhorns was rebounding — especially on the offensive glass. The Horns outrebounded the Broncos 34-24 in the game. Kuhlen said it’s one of the best things Chase County does.
“They lived up to their reputation as a good rebounding team,” said Kuhlen. “They got a lot of offensive rebounds, which leads to lay-ups. Whoever gets more lay-ups, more often times than not, wins the ball game.”
Chris Bartels pulls the trigger and bangs in one of his three 3-pointers in the Broncs' win over Maywood on Friday.
After playing 4 quarters of junior varsity action, key bench reserves Logan Bischoff, Jacob Maris and Jack McGraw were only eligible to play 2 quarters in varsity action. It didn’t matter, however, as four of the starting five players played the entire varsity contest. Bischoff spelled Harris for limited minutes in the varsity game, as only six players played varsity against Chase County.
WP’s scoring load was handled by the same three players who have handled it most of the year — Chris Bartels finished with a game-high 21 points, as well as 7 assists, while Harris scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ricky Martin stung the Horns with a double-double, scoring 16 points and yanking 10 rebounds.
Broncos burn Maywood
The last home game of the year for the Broncos lacked the intense pressure that was present during Tuesday’s Chase County game, as Wau-Pal ran past Maywood (0-18) 85-29.
The uncontested game gave Bronco fans and parents a chance to watch players who don’t always make it into the lineup. Nine players found their way into the scorer’s book, with Harris and Martin leading the way with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
It was the final home game in the Bronco careers of seniors Bartels, Harris and Martin.
The Wauneta-Palisade junior varsity boys team continues to have success as it prepares for this weekend’s Dundy County-Stratton Junior Varsity Tournament.
Wau-Pal clipped Chase County 38-34 on Tuesday, then beat Maywood 47-11 on Friday in 2 quarters of play.
Bronco Hayden Pollmann goes to the sky for an easy score against the Tigers.
Logan Bischoff continues to bully the competition, as he scored 26 points against the Horns and 20 points in only half a game against the Tigers.
The Bronco varsity and jayvee teams play their final regular season game at Dundy County-Stratton tomorrow (Friday). Boys-only action starts at 5 p.m. MT/6 p.m. CT.
The jayvee Broncos then return to Benkelman to participate in the DCS JV Tourney on Saturday. See the bracket at the bottom of this page for pairings and times.
Subdistrict play begins in Imperial on Tuesday, Feb. 22 for Wau-Pal, who receive a first round bye. Game time is 5 p.m. MT/6 p.m. CT. The Broncos will play the winner of Wallace (9-8) and Hitchcock County (9-12).