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Thursday, 28 February 2013 19:58

Connor Kayton splits the Raider defenders.

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


Facing a team it lost to by 14 points Jan. 31, the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos kept its season alive Feb. 19 with a 78-70 overtime win against Medicine Valley in the D2-10 subdistrict.

After allowing a Raider three-pointer on the game’s opening possession, the Broncos held the lead throughout the first quarter.

All five Bronco starters scored in the first quarter as the team put 13 points on the board to Medicine Valley’s 11 points.

The Raiders scored the first three points of the second quarter, but W-P went on a 9-2 run, to open up a six-point lead, 22-16.

The Broncos couldn’t shake Medicince Valley. The Raiders tied the game at 24, then at 26. A Medicine Valley layup at the buzzer gave it a 28-26 halftime lead.

The Raiders managed to get to the charity stripe 13 times in the first half, making nine. W-P was 0-2 in the first half.

Hayden Pollmann had seven first half points. Jack McGraw scored six points in the first half despite getting into foul trouble.

W-P came out hot from long range in the third quarter.

Connor Kayton hit two three-pointers and Pollmann one on three of the Broncos’ first four possessions of the half to put the Broncos up 35-30.

After Medicine Valley tied the game at 37, three-pointers by Pollmann and Weylin Davis opened up another six point lead.

Medicine Valley once again clawed its way back into the game, narrowing the score to 45-44.

With less than a minute in the quarter, the Broncos got one free throw by Logan Bischoff and a conventional three-point play by Wes Anderjaska before Kayton’s buzzer beating banked three-pointer from the volleyball 10-foot line gave the Broncos a 52-44 lead going into the final stanza.

Once again the Raiders refused to give up, outscoring the Broncos 10-2 to bring the game to a tie at 54 with 4:30 left in the game.

Two free throws by McGraw pushed the Broncos back into the lead, but the Raiders responded with a three-pointer.

Following a two-point bucket by Medicine Valley, Kayton hit another three-pointer which tied the game at 59.

Fouled on a three-pointer, Kayton hit one free throw. With 49.8 seconds left, Kayton made two more free throws.

After a W-P turnover led to a Medicine Valley score, Pollmann made two free throws to keep the Broncos ahead 64-61 with 22.6 seconds left, plenty of time for the Raiders to tie the game with a three-pointer and send the game to overtime.

W-P took the lead right off the bat with a Pollmann layup.

McGraw’s fifth foul sent Medicine Valley to the line where Chase Barthel made one of two. Barthel finished the game 12-20 from the free throw line.

Bischoff scored off his own miss before Kayton’s floater made the score 70-65.

From there the teams traded free throws. Barthel continued to get to the line for Medicine Valley, making 4-8 free throws in overtime.

For W-P, Katyon made 2-4 Davis 2-2 and Bischoff 4-4 free throws.

Medicine Valley’s only basket of the period was a layup with a second left and the game out of reach.

Although the Broncos didn’t make it to the free throw line often in the first half, W-P made 9-13 in the second half and 8-10 in overtime.

Medicine Valley was 6-7 in the second half and 4-8 in overtime.

After only scoring four points in the first half, Kayton finished with 25 points in the game. Kayton hit four three-pointers.

Pollmann scored 17 points, including three three-pointers.

Bischoff also finished in double figures with 15 points. Bischoff made 5-6 free throws, including all four attempts in the overtime period.

The Broncos’ postseason success continued in the subdistrict finals. After a postponement from Thursday to Saturday due to the weather the Broncos beat Wallace 65-50.

Playing in Hayes Center rather than Cambridge, the game got off to a slow start. A free throw from Kayton was all the Broncos could manage over the first 3:30 of the game. Down 4-1, W-P scored seven straight points to take an 8-4 lead. Kayton earned assists on a two-point basket by Bischoff and a three-pointer by Pollmann with an offensive rebound and put back by McGraw in between.

Wallace answered with a basket and then a free throw, but a put back by Bischoff kept the Broncos in the lead. Another Bischoff basket, with an assist from Anderjaska, continued a 9-2 run to finish the first quarter. Two free throws by McGraw and another three-pointer by Pollmann rounded out the run.

Leading 17-9 at the start of the second quarter, Wallace started the quarter off with a conventional three-point play and went on to put 21 points on the board in the quarter. The Broncos got two-point baskets from McGraw, Bischoff and Davis and a three-pointer from Kayton, but were outscored 12-0 over the final 3:16 of the half. W-P headed to the locker room down 26-30.

Baskets by Bischoff and McGraw tied the game quickly after halftime and six more points by Bischoff gave the Broncos a lead it didn’t give up for the rest of the game.

Ahead 36-35, Bischoff added two more baskets and Anderjaska picked off a Wallace pass and converted a layup. Davis’ conventional three-point play put the Broncos up 45-38 going into the fourth quarter.

Though Wallace narrowed the lead to five at the start of the fourth quarter, the Broncos held a double-digit lead for the final 6:30 of the game.

After making 3-4 free throws in the first half and 3-3 in the third quarter, the Broncos hit 13-18 free throws in the fourth quarter.

McGraw made 5-6 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points.

Pollmann also made 5-6 free throws down the stretch and finished with 13 total points

Carrying his team through the third quarter with 12 points, Bischoff finished with 20 points total.

Kayton and Davis each scored six points and Anderjaska added 5.

With a trip to Lincoln on the line, W-P faced Anselmo-Merna at Hershey Tuesday.

The Broncos won 62-47 and will play next Thursday in the state tournament in Lincoln.

A write up for the district final’s game will be available in next week’s edition of the Breeze.