|Wins keep coming for Lady Broncos, RPAC tourney ahead|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:01|
Abbie Fanning (14) looks to cut to the hoop between Perkins County defenders with teammates Tailor Lee (15), Brooklyn Nordhausen (23), Brianna Einspahr (24) and Sydnee Harchelroad (12) trailing the play. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
After a brutal December, the Wauneta-Palisade Lady Broncos have found January to be much more pleasant. With wins last week over Perkins County and Garden County WP has improved its January record to 5-1 and overall record to 8-5.
Beat Perkins County at home
WP trailed only once, 0-2, against Perkins County. The Broncos took the lead on the following possession with a Sydnee Harchelroad three-pointer off an assist from Abbie Fanning.
Baskets by Brooklyn Nordhausen and Cassidy Rathe increased the lead to 7-2.
A free throw and conventional three-point play brought Perkins County to within one, but WP finished the first quarter with a driving basket by Fanning and a Leiauna Alberts’ jumper at the buzzer to end the first quarter ahead 11-6.
WP hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the second quarter, the first by Brianna Einspahr with the assist from Harchelroad and the second by Harchelroad with an assist from Einspahr.
Following free throws by Perkins County, Tailor Lee scored her first points of the game to give WP a 19-8 lead.
The Broncos would end the half on a 8-3 run with three points each from Hannah Nordhausen and Harchelroad and two points by B. Nordhausen.
Coming out of halftime with a 27-12 lead, the Broncos continued to pull away. After a Perkins County free throw WP got back-to-back three-pointers from Harchelroad and Einspahr around a Perkins County basket.
A putback by Rathe increased WP’s lead to 35-14. The Broncos rounded out the quarter with three baskets, thanks to three assists. B. Nordhausen found Fanning open, then Rathe found Nicole Strand under the basket, followed by Strand to Lee to put WP up 41-16 at the end of the third quarter.
WP opened the final stanza with an 8-0 run. Einspahr and Harchelroad hit three-pointers around a Fanning jumper.
From there the teams traded baskets with WP getting buckets by Harchelroad, T. Lee and Strand and finishing with a 55-29 win.
Harchelroad led WP with 17 points, including four three-pointers.
Einspahr totaled nine points with three three-pointers.
Fanning and T. Lee each scored six points.
Saturday WP traveled to Oshkosh.
The Broncos jumped out to a 18-5 first quarter lead. Harchelroad made two three-pointers in the first quarter and Einspahr added one. Lee and Fanning each made two two-pointers for WP and Lee added a free throw.
Lee added a basket and made all four of her free throw attempts in the second quarter when WP outscored Garden County 14-9. Fanning and Einspahr each made three pointers and Nordhausen added a bucket.
Coming out of halftime with a 32-14 lead, WP kept the pedal down in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 16-5.
Lee made eight straight points for WP. Once again, Harchelroad and Einspahr each made a three-pointer. Rathe added a two-pointer.
Leading 48-19, WP wrapped up the 57-31 point win with baskets by Nordhausen, Alberts, Lee and Strand plus a free throw by Ellie Lee.
T. Lee finished the game with 21 points, including 5-6 from the charity stripe.
Harchelroad and Einspahr each scored nine points, with three three-pointers each.
WP will travel to Paxton (4-8)Friday before beginning the RPAC Tournament.
WP received the second seed in the West bracket of the RPAC tournament.
The Broncos will take on Hitchcock County Saturday at 10:00 a.m. MT/11:00 a.m. CT in Maywood.
With a win WP will play the winner of the Wallace and Hayes Center game Monday in Trenton at 6:45 p.m. MT/7:45 p.m. CT.
If WP loses it will play the loser of the Wallace/Hayes Center game Monday at 3:15 p.m. MT/4:15 p.m. CT.
The tournament will continue Thursday in Benkelman and Saturday in Southern Valley.