|Lady Broncos put the skids on Wildcats with a win of 44-31|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:13|
Cassidy Rathe goes up for the shot against several tough Wallace Wildcats trying to block her.
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The RPAC Basketball Tournament kicked off in Trenton Saturday night with the Wauneta-Palisade boys and girls teams picking up wins over Wallace.
The Lady Broncos got the night off on the right foot by picking up the 44-31 win.
Wauneta-Palisade trailed throughout the first quarter. After Wallace scored the contest’s first basket, Sheyla Christner drove coast-to-coast to put the Lady Broncos on the board. Wallace took a 6-2 lead before Emma Skelton’s three-pointer brought the game to within one. The Wildcats scored four more points in the quarter while Christner made two free throws and hit a bucket to keep the Lady Broncos within one, 9-10, at the end of the first eight minutes.
The Lady Broncos took its first lead of the game when Sydnee Harchelroad made a layup early in the second quarter. After Wallace’s answer, Wauneta-Palisade took the lead for good on a three pointer by Abbie Fanning. The Wildcats didn’t score again in the half. The Lady Broncos picked up points on a Christner turn-around jumper and basket by Tailor Lee off an inbounds pass. Fanning, Lee and Brooklyn Nordhausen each hit one-of-two free throws to put Wauneta-Palisade up 21-12 at intermission.
After halftime both teams struggled offensively. Nearly three minutes were gone in the half before a basket by Wallace, was scored. The Lady Broncos scored 14 points in the final five minutes of the quarter. After a basket by Fanning, Christner picked up a steal and converted on the other end with a backdoor cut and an assist from Lee. Following two buckets by Wallace, Wauneta-Palisade scored the final ten points of the half. Nordhausen hit a shot to make the score 27-18. Fanning’s coast-to-coast layup pushed the lead to 11. Nordhausen and Fanning each made shots off offensive rebounds and Cassidy Rathe scored off another assist from Lee.
Leading 35-18, the Lady Broncos watched Wallace score the first five points of the fourth quarter. Lee kept the Wauneta-Palisade offense moving with an assist to Nordhausen.
Despite baskets by Wallace, a bucket and free throw by Lee kept the Lady Broncos ahead 40-29. The Wildcats cut the lead to nine, but a layup by Fanning and free throws by Lee and Nordhausen made the final score 44-31.
Fanning’s 14 points led the Lady Broncos. Christner also finished in double figures with ten. Lee and Nordhausen both played well and finished with seven and six points, respectively. Skelton added three points. Rathe and Harchelroad rounded out scoring with two points each. The team hit eight- of-16 free throws.
Wauneta-Palisade will face West Bracket #1 seed Hitchcock Co. in Benkelman Monday. Ranked #4 in Class D1 by the Lincoln Journal Star, Hitchcock Co. defeated the Lady Broncos 51-27 on January 6. Regardless of the outcome Wauneta-Palisade will play in Paxton on Thursday, Jan. 26.
In other first round games from the West Bracket, Dundy Co.-Stratton defeated Maywood 63-29 and Hayes Center beat Paxton 44-30.
In the East Bracket, Arapahoe topped Bertrand 65-40; Alma defeated Cambridge 68-30; and Southwest hammered Medicine Valley 64-18. Southern Valley received a first round bye.
Girls RPAC results: WP falls to Falcons
The Wauneta Breeze
Facing West No. 1 seed Hitchcock County was not a pleasing task for the Lady Broncos Monday in Benkelman. The talented Lady Falcons ran away from Wauneta-Palisade 64-27.
Hitchcock Co. was in control right from the start. The Lady Falcons’ press forced numerous turnovers as Wauneta-Palisade struggled to get the ball up court. Hitchcock Co. opened up a 13-1 lead but the Lady Broncos scored the final four points of the first quarter. Tailor Lee grabbed an offensive rebound and scored and then earned an assist on a Sheyla Christner bucket.
Abbie Fanning picked up her third foul 30 seconds into the second quarter and headed to the bench. Her team could only manage two free throws by Lee and a basket and free throw from Christner in the quarter. The Lady Broncos went into half time trailing 28-10.
Hitchcock Co.’s Laramie Lewis made 17 points in the first half and finished with 28 in the game.
Four players scored in the third quarter for Wauneta-Palisade. Abbie Fanning, Cassidy Rathe and Nordhausen made their first buckets of the game. Lee also hit one and led the Lady Broncos with seven points in the game.
Leiauna Alberts and Emma Skelton each hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter. Nordhausen made another basket and Nicole Strand hit one-of-two from the charity stripe. Hitchcock Co. continued to increase its lead and the game ended with the score 64-27.
With the loss, Wauneta-Palisade, 8-8, will take on DC/HC loser Thursday in Paxton at 5:00.
WP: Alberts 3, Skelton 3; Fanning 2; Lee 7; Rathe 2; Nordhausen 4; Christner 5; Strand 1.
HC: Hoyt 2; Dutcher 6; Garner 7; Stehno 2; Bantz 2; Kershaw 2; Bauer 2; Lewis 28; Miller 3; Cole 8, McCauley 2.
WP 5 5 8 9 27
HC 13 15 15 21 64
|Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:17|