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Thursday, 14 February 2013 18:39

Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze

Brianna Einspahr puts up a shot from the low block.

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


In the final home stands of the season the W-P boys and girls basketball teams beat Chase County and Maywood last week.


Boys back in win column

After struggling through a four-game losing streak and going 2-6 through the month of January, the Broncos are now riding a three-game winning streak.

Following a defeat of Sutherland last week, W-P picked up a 55-51 win over Chase County Tuesday. With last year’s 40-51 loss to Chase County ended a three game win streak against the Longhorns, W-P entered the matchup needing a win to even its record.

Both teams were cold in the first quarter, taking two minutes to break the ice and score. Chase County got on the board first, but Jack McGraw quickly answered with a basket then added two free throws to give the Broncos a 4-2 lead. Logan Bischoff got on the board for the Broncos as the teams traded baskets with two minutes left in the quarter and a Chase County three-pointer with seconds left on the clock gave the Longhorns a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The teams got to the charity stripe early in the second quarter. Kelton Fisher made one-of-two for Chase County and McGraw chipped in both his attempts.

A Chase County lay-up gave it a 10-8 lead, but an intentional foul by the Longhorns opened the door for the Broncos. Fouled to prevent an easy basket, Wes Anderjaska made one of his attempts from the free throw line. Awarded the ball, W-P made Chase County pay with a three-pointer by Kayton to give the Broncos a 12-10 lead.

Following a Longhorn free throw, the teams traded three pointers. Hayden Pollmann’s three-pointer gave the Broncos a 15-11 lead, but Chase County answered with a three-pointer by Travis Luhrs and then a two-pointer to take a 16-15 lead.

Pollmann responded with a basket to take the lead back for the Broncos, but Luhrs added another three-pointer to put Chase County up by two. With time winding down in the half, Anderjaska made a free throw then, following a Chase County turnover, the Broncos were able to run a set offense and Anderjaska nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give W-P a 21-19 halftime lead.

Coming out from the locker room, it was all W-P. After finding Bischoff for a basket on the opening possession of the half, Kayton hit a three-pointer to open up a 26-19 margin. Following two free throws by the Longhorns, Bischoff added a steal and a layup and Pollmann converted an inbounds pass from McGraw into a three-pointer.

Ahead 31-21, Bischoff scored once more before Chase County stopped the run with a conventional three-point play. The Broncos continued to increase its lead with a Bischoff steal leading to a Kayton layup midway through the quarter.

Both teams went to the free throw line to find points over the final 2:30 of the quarter. Kayton added two free throws and Chase County, once more, converted a conventional three-point play, before action got heated over the final 42 seconds of the quarter.

Scoring after an offensive rebound, Chase County cut the margin to single digits, 37-29, but McGraw hit a three-pointer. Running its offense, Chase County put another basket on the board as the clock ran down. Taking the inbounds pass, Kayton dribbled to three-quarter court and heaved a shot at the buzzer that fell to give the Broncos a 45-31 lead.

The refs were busy throughout the fourth quarter as the teams shot 23 free throws. Bischoff made two free throws to start the quarter, then two fouls by Pollmann in an 18 second span sent Chase County to the line where players made 3-4 free throws. A basket by Kayton made the score 47-34, but the Longhorns were sent to the charity stripe again, making 2-4 free throws. With 5:22 left in the game, Chase County scored two on its press break then added a basket from its set offense followed by a three-pointer to bring the Longhorns to within four, 47-43.

A basket by McGraw slowed the bleeding, but Chase County went to the free throw line on the other end, knocking down both attempts.

With less than two minutes to go, Kayton missed the front end of a one-and-one. Chase County took the rebound and made a three-pointer to bring the score to 49-45. Two free throws by McGraw gave the Broncos some breathing room, but Kayton missed two free throws and McGraw missed two free throws to keep the Longhorns in the game.

A three-pointer by Luhrs narrowed the gap to 51-48. Continuing to foul, the Longhorns sent McGraw back to the line where he made two free throws. After two missed shots by Chase County, Kayton was fouled but missed both attempts with 15.0 seconds left.

A three-pointer by Dan Sullivan cut the Broncos lead to two, 53-51, with 6.0 seconds left, but, following a Chase County timeout, the Broncos were able to break the Longhorn press leading to a Bischoff layup and 55-51 Bronco win.


Season’s final home game

There was a different type of drama in the gym Friday night when W-P hosted Maywood in the season’s final home game.

Coach Dave Kuhlen started all five seniors, including Jacob Maris, in the game against the Tigers. Maris hadn’t played since the Brady Tournament at the end of December after suffering a concussion the day before the first game in January. Collecting the opening tip, Maris called time out and headed to the bench.

From there, the Broncos cruised to a 65-29 win over Maywood.

Behind nine first quarter points by McGraw and three-pointers from Anderjaska and Kayton, the Broncos led 21-8 at the end of the first. In the second quarter, Bischoff added five points to go with back-to-back buckets to start the game.

Leading 34-15 at halftime, Anderjaska made two three-pointers in the second half and Bischoff added eight more points to his game high total of 17. McGraw totaled 15 points in the game. Kayton also finished in double figures with 12 points.


Season draws to close

Now 10-9, W-P travels to Dundy County-Stratton Friday. The Tigers defeated W-P 68-49, in January during the RPAC tournament.

The Broncos will travel to Cambridge for the D2-10 tournament. The Broncos anticipate a matchup with Medicine Valley Tuesday, Feb. 19. Teams in the other half of the bracket should be Wallace, Hayes Center and Maywood.


Lady Broncos ready for subdistrict competition

The wins over Chase County and Maywood wrapped up the girls’ regular season.

Renewing the series in 2008-2009, Tuesday night’s game improved W-P’s record to 4-1 against Chase County.

C1’s Chase County (7-16) gave W-P all it could handle early. The Lady Longhorns held a 4-0 lead while the Lady Broncos struggled to find the basket. Getting on the board with a Tailor Lee free throw 4:30 into the game, W-P watched Chase County make two more baskets to open up an 8-1 lead before W-P started chipping away.

On consecutive possessions W-P got a basket by Lee, then a banked three-pointer from the top of the key by Abbie Fanning to bring the Lady Broncos to within two. But Chase County wasn’t done, adding a basket and two free throws to give the Lady Longhorns a 12-6 lead heading into the second quarter.

After allowing Chase County to score the first basket of the quarter, the Lady Broncos put the defensive clamps on, only allowing two more points to the Lady Longhorns in the quarter. W-P, meanwhile, put 12 points on the board, starting with a three-pointer by Fanning to cut the lead to 9-15. Fanning scored once more, then found Skelton open for a three-pointer. Skelton’s bucket on the next W-P possession tied the game at 16 with 2:11 left in the half. A basket by Sydnee Harchelroad with an assist from Lee gave W-P its first lead of the game and made the half time score 18-16.

The Lady Broncos kept up the defensive pressure only allowing Chase County two points in the third quarter. W-P scored 14 points in the quarter, starting with a basket by Lee. The Lady Broncos put up four more quick points, with Fanning earning assists on baskets by Lee and Brooklyn Nordhausen. Nordhausen later added a free throw and Fanning a three-pointer to go with a bucket in the low post by Brianna Einspahr and two free throws by Einspahr giving the Lady Broncos a comfortable 32-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The teams played even in the fourth quarter. W-P got two free throws each from Lee and Harchelroad and the pair teamed up when Lee found Harchelroad open for a basket in the low post. The Lady Broncos scored an unconventional three-point play when Fanning made the first of two free throws and Einspahr grabbed the second missed free throw and scored. Leiauna Alberts rounded out W-P scoring with a free throw late in the contest.


Wrap up regular season

Since beating Maywood in the opening round of the RPAC, the Lady Broncos had gone on a 4-1 win streak, losing only by one point to eventual RPAC champion Dundy County-Stratton. Friday’s win over the Lady Tigers closed the regular season with a five-game win streak.

Playing without starting point guard Abbie Fanning, who suffered a foot injury during the Chase County win, the Lady Broncos took control early. Einspahr scored off the opening tip to begin a 6-0 run for W-P. The Lady Broncos got a bank shot by Nordhausen then a steal by Skelton and basket by Einspahr before two free throws by Maywood put it on the board just before the 6:00 mark of the first quarter.

Going cold, both teams went scoreless for two minutes until Maywood cut the lead to two. Lee answered with a basket of her own and then a free throw on the next W-P possession to start a 7-0 run. Einspahr added a three-pointer to her total with an assist from Skelton and Rathe added a free throw to make the score 13-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Setting up the press to open the second quarter, the Lady Broncos got two quick baskets, one from Lee and one from Rathe, in the first minute.

From there the teams traded misses and fouls with neither scoring until a Harchelroad bank shot at the midway point of the quarter. Leading 19-4, Skelton scored twice over the remainder of the half, once off an assist from Lee then again, after a free throw by Maywood, with 1.0 second left on the clock.

Coming out from the locker room with a 23-5 lead, the Lady Broncos gave up baskets to Maywood on its first two possessions. The Lady Tigers were able to add another basket before Harchelroad’s three-pointer jump started W-P with two minutes gone in the half made it 26-11.

After a Maywood miss on its next possession, Skelton pushed the ball up the court to Lee for two and the Lady Broncos turned up the pressure. Lee knocked the ball loose during the Lady Tigers’ set offense and hustled up the court to get the pass from Harchelroad and the score. Though Maywood scored on its next chance, Lee answered with another basket and Harchelroad knocked the ball loose on the press and Skelton scored a layup.

W-P continued to keep the pedal to the floor. Lee added to her total with an assist from Rathe and Skelton knocked down another jumper.

The Lady Broncos closed out the quarter with a bucket by Harchelroad, which she followed up with a steal and assist to Skelton to give W-P a 42-13 lead heading into the final stanza.

The baskets continued to roll in during the fourth. Harchelroad found Lee for two and Skelton found Einspahr for three with a Lee free throw sandwiched between. Lee then converted two three-point plays, the second coming off a long outlet pass from Skelton.

Leading 54-15, W-P got baskets from Rathe and Skelton, then five points from Nicole Strand to round out the 63-22 win.



The top-seeded Lady Broncos received a first round bye in subdistrict D2-10. Medicine Valley (2-17) defeated Maywood (4-16) 35-31 Monday night and advanced to face W-P Tuesday in Cambridge.

In the other half of the bracket, Hayes Center (4-17) took on Wallace (6-12) following the W-P game. Winners will play Thursday in Cambridge at 6:00 p.m. MT/7:00 CT.

In the D2-9 subdistrict at Gothenburg, Eustis-Farnam and Anselmo-Merna played Monday with Eustis-Farnam advancing to take on number one seed Loomis Tuesday. Three seed Bertrand and two seed Brady played the second game Tuesday. Winners face off Thursday.

Winners of the districts will play Friday, Feb. 22.