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Broncos on the run, RPAC tourney in high gear PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 January 2015 17:46

Hannah Nordhausen blocks Hitchcock County’s Jasmine Youngquist’s shot during the Broncos’ RPAC first round win. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

Earning the number two seed in the West Bracket of the RPAC tournament, the Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team earned wins over McPherson County and Paxton before winning its first two tournament games.

Two more wins

The Broncos were at Tryon Tuesday for a game against 0-13 McPherson County.

WP beat the outmanned Longhorns 61-15, with only one McPherson County player scoring in the contest.

Brianna Einspahr led WP with 19 points in the game. Sydnee Harchelroad was close behind with 18 points. The pair combined to make eight-of-nine free throws.

Lesley Towery also finished in double figures with 14.

At home Thursday, WP beat Paxton 68-36.

The Broncos opened up a 12-0 lead over the first four minutes of the game behind eight points by Einspahr.

Three-pointers by Einspahr and Leiauna Alberts helped WP keep an 18-6 lead at the end of the quarter.

The lead increased through the second quarter with Towery chipping in six points and Einspahr adding her fourth three pointer of the half. WP took a 31-11 lead into halftime.

Both teams came out hot to start the third quarter, scoring on the first five possessions of the half.

Einspahr remained hot in the third quarter, adding two more three-pointers within a little over a minute of each other. Einspahr finished with six three-pointers and 20 points.

With a 51-27 lead at the end of three quarters, WP cruised in the fourth, out scoring Paxton 17-9.

Towery scored 12 points for WP and Simpson added 11 points.

RPAC action

The Broncos advanced through the first two rounds of the RPAC tournament with wins over Hitchcock County and Paxton.

Opening the tournament Saturday at Paxton, WP defeated Hitchcock County 44-32.

Facing the Falcons Jan. 9, WP gave up 17 first half points to Hitchcock County’s Brooke  Hoyt. WP Coach Betsy Johanson said her team spent time talking about help defense and it paid off for WP, which held Hoyt scoreless in the first half.

Five points by Harchelroad and four by Strand helped WP open up a 13-3 lead with 2:24 minutes left in the first quarter. Hitchcock County, however, was able to hold the Broncos scoreless over the remainder of the quarter and hit two baskets of its own.

With a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, WP increased its lead to 20-9 midway through the second quarter, in part to back-to-back layups by Harchelroad. Strand finished the half with the Broncos’ final five points to give WP a 25-11 halftime lead.

The Broncos were sluggish to start the third quarter and saw Hitchcock County narrow the lead to 28-19. Slapping the press back on, WP got quick layups by Towery and Harchelroad to force a timeout by the Falcons.

Johanson said the press worked well for WP and came up big when the Broncos needed it.

With a 10-point lead heading into the final stanza, six straight points by Strand helped WP maintain the lead and pull out the 44-32 win.

Strand led WP with 19 points. Harchelroad added 11 points and Towery 10.

Johanson kept the score table busy with lots of subbing through out the game.  Johanson said the team didn’t plan on going into the game subbing a lot, but it worked well in the game and she was glad to keep people fresh heading into Monday’s game at home against Paxton.

The Broncos took care of business against the Tigers, picking up a 61-41 win.

As with the earlier game against Paxton, Einspahr was hot from the field hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter. Harchelroad added three points of her own and Strand scored six points to give WP a 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Holding Paxton to only four points in the second quarter, Harchelroad hit two three-pointers to help extend the WP lead to 30-14 at halftime.

Both teams put the pedal down in the third quarter with WP outscoring Paxton 19-16. Harchelroad added her fourth three-pointer of the game and led WP with 18 points.

The Broncos cleared the bench in the fourth quarter of the win.

Strand scored 12 points for WP and Einspahr chipped in 10 points.

RPAC scores

In other RPAC scores, West number one seed Dundy County-Stratton survived a scare from Hayes Center. Leading only 29-27 at halftime, DCS remained undefeated on the season with a 66-50 win. DCS will play WP Thursday night in Hayes Center at 6:45 p.m. MT/7:45 p.m. CT.

Other games that evening include Maywood against Wallace at 3:15 p.m. MT/4:15 p.m. CT and Hayes Center against Paxton at 5:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. CT.

On the East side, number one seed Arapahoe lost to fifth seed Southern Valley 34-46. The Eagles will now face third seeded Bertrand, 41-28 winners over second seeded Cambridge.

The championship and consolation games will be played Saturday in Wallace. The consolation game will be at 1:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. CT and the championship game at 5:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. CT.


Freshman point guard Cash Yearous brings the ball up the court Saturday at Paxton where WP fell to Wallace in the first round of the RPAC Tournament. WP will play in Hayes Center Friday. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)

Boys split regular season games

The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team split regular season games last week before falling to Wallace in the Broncos’ RPAC tournament opener.


Get fourth win

WP picked up its fourth win of the season with a 68-40 defeat of 1-12 McPherson County.

Cash Yearous helped WP take control of the game. Holding a 5-4 lead, Yearous made two three-pointers to help the Broncos take a 15-6 first quarter lead, with Tyler Davis scoring five points and Paul Behrends adding four.

Five Broncos scored in the second quarter, with Brody Nordhausen adding a three-pointer of his own. WP made six-of-eight free throws in the first half to contribute to the Broncos’ 30-17 halftime lead.

WP was on fire in the third quarter. Yearous made three more three-pointers and Davis hit one of his own as WP outscored the Longhorns 24-10.

The Broncos continued to increase the lead, outscoring McPherson County 7-2 over the first 3:30 minutes of the fourth quarter and going on to win 68-40.

Yearous led WP with 21 points. Davis added 13 points and Tyler Carl scored 11.

The road got much tougher for WP Thursday night against undefeated Paxton.

WP was outscored 4-21 in the first quarter with Davis making all of the Broncos’ points.

Three-pointers by Nordhausen and Yearous helped WP, but the Broncos still trailed 16-42 at halftime.

Davis continued to be WP’s main scoring threat, making five of the Broncos’ seven third quarter points.

Outscoring Paxton 15-9 in the fourth quarter, WP made the final margin 38-64.

The Broncos made all six free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and made seven-of-eight in the game.

Paxton went to the charity stripe 19 times, making 11.

Davis led WP with 17 points.


RPAC opening round

Seeded fifth, WP faced a red hot Wallace team to start the tournament. Wallace kept WP scoreless in the first quarter while racking up 23 points. The Wildcats made seven-of-eight free throws and hit two three-pointers.

In the second quarter the Broncos got field goals from Davis and Behrends and three-pointers by Nordhausen, Chris Carl and Chase Rathe, but saw Wallace increase its lead heading into half.

Trailing 13-46 heading into the second half, WP relied on three-pointers for its offensive output. Rathe made two three’s and C. Carl one to make up the majority of WP’s 10 third quarter points.

Wallace meanwhile made seven more free throws to go with three field goals.

With the clock running through the last part of the third quarter and all of the fourth, WP added seven points and Wallace, five, in the fourth quarter.

Rathe led WP with nine points. Nordhausen scored eight points.

Now 4-11, WP will play either Maywood (2-13) or Hayes Center (1-13) Friday in Hayes Center. The game will begin at 3:15 p.m. MT/4:15 p.m. CT.

Following Friday’s game, the Broncos’ season wraps up with 8-5 Medicine Valley, 2-10 Sutherland, 10-5 Chase County, Maywood and 11-6 Dundy County-Stratton.