|Season ends for WP boys’ and girls’ basketball teams|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:31|
Wauneta-Palisade’s lone senior, Chris Carl, drives to the basket in his final game. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team wrapped up its 5-17 season Feb. 24 with a loss to Wallace in the D2-10 subdistricts at Cambridge.
Despite trouble with the Wallace press, WP held a 7-6 lead midway through the first half thanks to a three pointer by Tyler Davis, layup by Chase Rathe and basket by Chris Carl.
Turnovers on three-straight possessions jump started an eight point Wallace run, including four-straight free throws.
Trailing 7-14, WP could only add another C. Carl bucket as Wallace continued to extend its lead.
A layup by Davis slowed the bleeding and WP trailed 11-21 halfway through the second quarter.
The Broncos’ only other points in the quarter came from the charity stripe. Brody Nordhausen made three-of-four attempts and Cash Yearous, fouled following a three pointer, made three-consecutive free throws.
Trailing 17-29 at the half, WP cut the Wallace lead to nine points with baskets by Davis and Tyler Carl.
The Broncos were unable to make any more field goals in the quarter, unfortunately, only scoring on two free throws each by Nordhausen and Davis.
Baskets by Davis and C. Carl were all the Broncos could manage over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. The Broncos kept scrapping, however. Davis hit both ends of a one-and-one opportunity and added a basket. Yearous added two steals and lay ups and C. Carl ended his WP career by scoring the Broncos’ final basket of the game.
Davis led WP with 15 points. C. Carl added eight points. Nordhausen and Yearous scored seven points each.
Overall the Broncos made 12-of-19 free throws.
Wallace went on to lose to Hitchcock County 35-49 in the subdistrict finals. Hitchcock County (19-6) faced Paxton (22-2) in the district finals Tuesday night. Paxton has won both of the teams’ regular season meetings, 51-44 and 43-37.
Brianna Einspahr drives by Mullen’s Madi Daly in the second half of Wauneta-Palisade’s loss in the district finals. Einspahr made three-three pointers in the game. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team’s dream of a third straight trip to the state tournament ended Friday with a 50-60 loss to Mullen in the district finals at Hershey.
The Broncos had trouble finding traction early as pressure from the Mullen defense kept WP on its heels. The Broncos made two free throws early in the game, but didn’t make a field goal until a jumper by Sydnee Harchelroad with three minutes left in the first quarter made the score 4-9.
WP finished the quarter with a basket by Lesley Towery and a banked three pointer by Brianna Einspahr to keep WP within four points, 9-13, at the end of the first quarter.
With turnovers on its first three possessions of the second quarter, WP fell behind 9-14 before back-to-back three pointers by Einspahr brought WP to within two, 15-17.
Mullen extended its lead back to six points with consecutive baskets before a basket by Strand made the score 17-21.
A put back by Simpson and three-pointer by Harchelroad weren’t enough to cut into the Mullen lead over the next two minutes. Following two free throws by Simpson with 33.5 seconds left in the half WP trailed 24-29.
Mullen used a strong third quarter to pull away from WP. Though the Broncos scored right away after coming out of the locker room, WP was outscored 6-17 over the third quarter, getting only baskets by Towery, Cameo Rector and Harchelroad.
Trailing 30-48 early in the fourth quarter, WP cut into the Mullen lead with Simpson at the free throw line making three-of-five attempts.
A basket by Towery narrowed the lead to 13, 35-48, and the Broncos continued to get to the free throw line over the final five minutes of the game. WP shot eight free throws while the clock was stopped, but only managed to make four of the attempts.
WP was able to get field goals from Towery, Simpson, Harchelroad and Nordhausen to help the Broncos out score Mullen 15-10 over the final five minutes. The effort was too little, too late in the ten-point loss.
Simpson led WP with 12 points, including making six-of-10 free throws.
Harchelroad also finished in double figures with 11 points. Einspahr scored nine points and Towery eight.
Towery led WP with 11 rebounds and two blocks. Simpson had nine rebounds and Strand grabbed seven.
Einspahr had three assists. Nordhausen had three steals.
WP out rebounded Mullen 32-23, but Mullen grabbed 13 offensive rebounds. WP had twice as many assists, 14, as Mullen, but Mullen had 18 steals to WP’s 9.
At the state tournament, Mullen, seeded fourth, will face Stuart.
Falls City Sacred Heart received the first seed and will play Crawford.
Sandhills/Thedford is the third seed and plays Giltner. Wynot, seeded second, plays Hampton.
The qualifying teams are the top eight in the Class D2 points standings. Bertrand finished the season ninth and WP tenth. Hayes Center is 15th.
Another team from WP’s schedule, Dundy County-Stratton remains undefeated and will be the two seed in the Class D1 tournament.
Championship games on NET
According to NET, the “NSAA State Girls High School Basketball Championships” will begin at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 7, with the Class D-1 finals. The day-long coverage continues with the Class C-1 championship game at 11 a.m. CT and the Class B title game at 1 p.m. CT.
The match-ups continue at 4:30 p.m. CT with the championship game for Class D-2, followed at 6:30 p.m. CT by the Class A final. The Class C-2 championship game concludes the day’s action at 8:30 p.m. CT.
The “NSAA State Girls State High School Basketball Championships” will also be streamed live on NET’s website (netNebraska.org) and on the NET Nebraska app.
Calling the action all day will be sportscasters Larry Punteney, Trudi Nolin and Andy Kendeigh.