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Friday, 13 January 2012 23:48

Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


The second time was not a charm for the Wauneta-Palisade girls basketball team. The Lady Broncos lost to Cambridge for the second time this season, this time a 36-28 loss in the consolation bracket of the Cambridge Tournament.

Behind four points by Tailor Lee Wauneta-Palisade held an 8-7 lead midway through the first quarter. Cambridge closed the period with a three point run to take a 10-8 lead heading into the second.

Cambridge scored first in the second period, but Brooklyn Nordhausen hit a bucket to keep the Lady Broncos within two. A minute later Lee picked up her third foul and went to the bench for the rest of the half. One free throw by Nordhausen was the only other point the Lady Broncos could manage as they went into half time down 17-11.Wauneta-Palisade struggled to get its offense going in the second half. The team was scoreless for the first four minutes of the half before a Nordhausen offensive rebound and a put back made the score 20-13. After Cambridge made one free throw following Lee’s fourth foul, Abbie Fanning went coast-to-coast for a layup to keep the Lady Broncos within six. It was Wauneta-Palisade’s final basket of the quarter. The team went into the final frame down 24-15.

Nordhausen opened scoring in the fourth. The Lady Broncos stayed within seven points until Lee’s fifth foul led to a four-point run for Cambridge. Nordhausen continued to lead her team, hitting two more buckets. Two free throws each by Fanning and Nordhausen and a three-pointer by Sydnee Harchelroad rounded out scoring for Wauneta-Palisade. Although outscoring the hosts in the fourth quarter, 13-12, the Lady Broncos lost 36-28.

Nordhausen led the Lady Broncos with 13. Fanning and Lee each added four points. Harchelroad totaled three points while Jonee Maris and Sheyla Christner each score two points. Wauneta-Palisade shot well from the free throw line making nine of 12. Cambridge was 11/22 from the charity stripe. Cambridge was led by Tori Garcia’s nine points.

WP  8  3  4 13 28

SW 10  7  7 12 36

 WP: Nordhausen 13; Fanning 4; Harchelroad 3; Lee 4; Maris 2; Christner 2.

C: Garcia 9; Emily Whipple 4; Brooke Juhl 3; Taylor Cross 1; Mikayla Kent 6; Breezy Huxoll 6; Kadee Long 1; Jordan Wasson 5.

WP Varsity Boys

Two holiday tournaments have brought two overtime victories for the Wauneta-Palisade boys basketball team. After defeating Anselmo-Merna in overtime at the Brady Tournament, the Bronco men defeated Hitchcock Co. in overtime 51-47 to win the consolation bracket of the Cambridge Tournament.

Wauneta-Palisade could only manage three free throws early in the matchup as Hitchcock Co. jumped out to an 8-3 lead. The Broncos turned it on as the quarter wound down behind a basket by Jacob Maris and the three-point play of Bo Fanning. Reese West added another three point play as the Broncos scored eight unanswered points to end the first quarter.

Both teams were cold to start the second quarter. After two Logan Bischoff free throws making the score 13-8, the Broncos committed four straight turnovers while Hitchcock Co. missed four straight shots. The teams traded foul shots and then the Broncos began to heat up. Bischoff traded three-pointers with the Falcons’ Cale Brown. Bischoff, Maris and West each hit baskets to pull the Broncos ahead 24-17 at halftime.

The third quarter was nearly the Broncos undoing. Hitchcock Co. went on a four-point run to start the half as the Broncos missed four straight shots. Jack McGraw’s basket broke the streak and kept Wauneta-Palisade in front 26-21. The Falcons continued to peck away at the lead and eventually pulled ahead. Connor Kayton provided the spark the Broncos needed to stay in the game. Kayton scored three straight points for Wauneta-Palisade to end the third quarter. Brown’s buzzer beater tied the game at 31 heading into the fourth quarter.

The game remained close throughout the fourth quarter. Kayton and Bo Fanning hit buckets around Bischoff’s free throws as the game was tied at 37 midway through the fourth. Following a Bischoff’s score the Broncos pulled ahead 41-39 when West hit a bucket off a Bischoff assist. Wauneta-Palisade left the door open for the Falcons, making only one of four free throw attempts in the final 1:14. The Falcons’ Austin Blume nailed a jumper at the buzzer to knot the score at 42 and force an overtime.

Wauneta-Palisade held the advantage in overtime as Hitchcock Co. played the period without two starters who fouled out. The Broncos fell behind by three early on. Four straight points by Hayden Pollmann put Wauneta-Palisade ahead for good and the team went on to a four point win, 51-47.

The Broncos were led by Bischoff and McGraw with 15 and 11 points, respectively. West added seven points and Maris, Kayton and Fanning each scored five. Pollmann totaled four points, all in overtime.

Wauneta-Palisade was 14-of-26 from the free throw line. The Falcons made seven- of-11 attempts.

WP 11 13  7 11  9 51

SW  8  9 12 11  5 47

WP: McGraw 11; Bischoff 14; Hayden Pollmann 4; Maris 5; Kayton 5; West 7; Fanning 5.

HC: Brown 13; Austin Blume 8; Gabe Ware 4; Daniel Arp 9; Morgan Wimer 2; Tanner Bauer 6.

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