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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 19:56

Sheyla Christner, above, goes up against a trio of Cambridge defenders as she tries to score a bucket in the final seconds of the game. While that shot didn’t fall for the Bronco senior, she did knock down 13 points to lead her squad as they were edged by Cambridge, 43-39, in a hard-fought shoot-out.


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta-Palisade girls fell to 0-2 in the young basketball season losing 43-39 at Cambridge Friday night.

The Lady Broncos started fast, jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead. The Lady Trojans kept it close picking up several turnovers as the Broncos tried to force the ball inside. Wauneta-Palisade pulled ahead 10-5, but the Trojans finished the quarter with four straight points.

Wauneta-Palisade got the scoring going in the second quarter with a break-away layup.

The teams traded jump shots and Cambridge made a layup to force Wauneta-Palisade to take a time out with two minutes gone in the quarter and Cambridge ahead 15-14.

Coming out of the time out, Wauneta-Palisade turned up the pressure. The Lady Broncos stole the ball and converted a layup. With the press came more fouls by both teams. Halfway through the second quarter both teams were on the verge of the bonus.

Cambridge briefly pulled ahead again, but Abbie Fanning and Tailor Lee hit baskets to put the Lady Broncos up 22-20 at half time.

The teams traded turnovers to start the half. With two minutes gone the score was tied at 22.

Sheyla Christner converted a free throw and made a basket to put WP up 25-24 half way through the third quarter.

The Lady Broncos couldn’t put the Lady Trojans away and a Christner basket pushed the Broncos to a 27-26 lead. The teams traded turnovers during the last minute of the third. Cambridge hit two baskets and Sydnee Harchelroad’s three-pointer made it 30-30 at the end of the quarter.

Both teams struggled early in the fourth quarter. Cambridge committed two turnovers, but the Lady Broncos could not convert them into points.

The Lady Trojans went ahead with two free throws and Wauneta-Palisade couldn’t catch up. With 4:57 left in the game Lee hit a basket and was fouled to make it 33-38.

Two free throws pulled WP to within three. Cambridge’s leading scorer, Tori Garcia, fouled out with 3:21 left in the game. Garcia finished the game with 18 points.

The Broncs hit another free throw to pull WP to within a basket. The Lady Trojans hit a shot to go up by four, but a Lee lay-up kept the Lady Broncos close.

One free throw put Cambridge up by three, 41-38, and with a minute left the Lady Trojans spread the court to run time off the clock. Cambridge hit two free throws and Harchelroad converted one to round out the scoring as the Lady Broncos fell 43-39, giving Cambridge, now 1-4, their first win of the season.

The Broncs struggled at the charity stripe, especially in the second quarter. They finished the night with 38 percent free throw shooting, make good on eight of 21 attempts, compared to Cambridge’s 64 percent.

“Our free throw shooting definitely needs to improve, but we did a good job in most of the other stat categories,” said WP Coach Roger Lauhead. “All of our players put out a good effort the whole game and try to improve every practice.”

Christner led Wauneta-Palisade in scoring with 13 points. Lee added 10. Fanning and Brooklyn Nordhausen each scored six points. Harchelroad scored four points.


Score by quarters:

Wau-Pal 10 12 8 9 39

Cambridge 9 11 10 13 43



Broncs outgun Wallace 68-35

Saturday night the Lady Broncos posted a big win over Wallace, nearly doubling the score on the Wildcats at 68-35 on the Broncos’ home court.

With the win the Lady Broncos take their record to 1-2 while Wallace falls to 0-3.

Christner led the Broncs with 18 points. Fanning added 12 points and B. Nordhausen 11 points. Lee crashed the boards for 10 rebounds, posted two blocked shots and knocked down seven points. Skelton led the team in assists dishing out five and added seven points.


Score by quarters:

Wau-Pal 19 21 11 17 68

Wallace 15 7 7 6 35


Jayvee action

The Bronco jayvees fell to Cambridge, 17-15, in three quarters of play.

Brianna Einspahr paced the team with seven points with Leiauna Alberts adding four points and Sydnee Harchelroad and and Nicole Strand dropping in two points each.

Saturday night the WP jayvees got their offense clicking, blowing out Wallace 43-9. Einspahr and Cassidy Rathe were both in double digits, with Einspahr putting in a game-high 15 points (including a trio of treys) and Rathe knocking down 14 points.

Harchelroad added eight points and Strand four points with Hannah Nordhausen rounding out the scoring with two points.


Upcoming play

This week the Lady Broncs were set to travel to Benkelman Tuesday night to take on a 3-1 Dundy County/Stratton squad but that game was postponed due to icy roads.

On Friday, Dec. 16, the Broncos host South Platte (2-2), with jayvee action getting underway at 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT.

Saturday night the Broncs travel to Hayes Center to square off against a 1-3 Cardinal club. Jayvee play begins at 2 p.m. MT/3 p.m. CT.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 December 2011 19:59