|Lady Broncos erase big deficit, win third place|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:16|
Hannah Nordhausen (21) and Brianna Einspahr (right) set a trap on Savana Quinn of Southern Valley. The Broncos brought home third place at the tournament with a 48-46 win over the Eagles. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team wrapped up a busy week of basketball Saturday with a 48-46 win over Southern Valley in the consolation game of the RPAC tournament.
Defeating Hitchcock County and Paxton in the first two rounds of the tournament, WP took on Class D1 number one Dundy County-Stratton Jan. 29 in Hayes Center.
The teams traded baskets early in the game as WP kept pace with the high scoring Tigers.
WP held an early 9-7 lead behind baskets by Lesley Towery and Brianna Einspahr and six points from Nicole Strand. Nicole Kent provide all the offense for DCS early, scoring the Tigers’ first seven points. The Broncos were able to take a 13-11 lead with 2:00 minutes left in the quarter after baskets by Strand and Sydnee Harchelroad and four points from DCS’s Aubrey Fredericks.
After both teams had cooled off over the remainder of the first quarter, DCS came out fired up in the second quarter.
A three-pointer by Kent gave DCS a 13-14 lead. WP was able to tie the game with one Hannah Nordhausen free throw, but the rest of the quarter was all DCS. WP was outscored 7-24 over the final 6:10 minutes of the half with the Broncos only getting field goals from Faith Simpson, Einspahr and Harchelroad. Fredericks, meanwhile, scored 11 points for the Tigers.
The quarter was the Broncos undoing as the teams each scored 28 second half points.
Harchelroad, Einspahr, Simpson and Strand continued to carry the offensive load for WP, scoring 11 points for the Broncos in the third quarter. Twelve points by the Tigers had WP trailing 32-50 heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite Fredericks heating up and scoring 12 fourth quarter points, WP outscored DCS 17-16 over the final eight minutes. Einspahr bagged six points in the time frame and Towery added five, with Simpson chipping in four points.
Einspahr led WP with 14 points in the contest. Strand and Harchelroad each added nine points. Simpson and Towery added eight and seven points, respectively.
WP only made seven-of-17 free throws in the game compared to DCS’s 13-of-22.
Fredericks scored 29 points for DCS. Kent added four three-pointers and 16 points.
The loss moved the Broncos into the consolation game against Southern Valley Saturday at Wallace.
Playing most of the game without Harchelroad, who was sick, WP got off to a slow start in the contest, trailing Southern Valley 0-5 after two minutes. A three-pointer by Einspahr got WP on the board, but the Broncos could only manage one more basket, by Strand, with a minute left in the first quarter.
Trailing 5-11 heading into the second quarter, WP continued to struggle early in the quarter. Behind 10-21 at the 3:55 mark of the quarter, a WP time out jump started the Broncos.
After giving up numerous easy buckets to Southern Valley on the low block, the changes helped shut down the Eagles. WP finished the half on a 12-4 run. Two free throws by Einspahr WP going and Strand and Simpson helped the Broncos cut into the lead. A three-pointer by Einspahr followed by three made free throws by Einspahr with 0.5 seconds left before half made the score 22-25 heading into halftime.
After a quick Strand basket in the third quarter, both teams were quiet for two minutes before action picked up.
Following a Southern Valley layup, WP got back-to-back-to-back baskets from Towery, Einspahr and Nordhausen, with assists from Strand, Nordhausen and Simpson.
The scoring flurry was enough to push WP into the lead, 30-27. A steal and layup by Einspahr, plus buckets by Strand and Simpson kept WP up 36-34 going into the fourth quarter.
Despite a basket by Towery and conventional three-point play by Strand, the Eagles were able to tie the game at 41.
A three-pointer by Harchelroad, who only played in the fourth quarter, pushed WP back into the lead and baskets by Simpson over the final three minutes helped the Broncos hold on for a 48-46 win.
Einspahr led WP with 15 points. Strand finished with 14 points and Simpson 10.
In the girls’ championship game, DCS erased a 17-point deficit to defeat Bertrand 63-61.
Tournament results from games played Jan. 29, 30 and 31 are available on page seven.
Now 14-5, WP will travel to Medicine Valley (2-14) Thursday and host Sutherland (8-9) Friday.