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Thursday, 10 December 2015 00:00

Ellie Lee forces a steal during the first half of Wauneta-Palisade’s game against Wallace Friday. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team opened its season with back-to-back losses to Wallace and Brady.

Behind eight points from Faith Simpson, WP jumped out to a 15-9 lead Thursday night in Wauneta. Wallace ended the quarter with a four-point run to narrow the WP lead to 16-13.

The Broncos were able to open up another six-point lead early in the second quarter, but multiple fouls caused the game to have little flow. Over the final 2:30 of the half, the teams combined for 17 free throws.

The third quarter was WP’s undoing. WP was outscored 7-18 in the quarter, despite five points from Ellie Lee early in the half.

The Broncos hit three three- pointers in the fourth quarter. Although the WP outscored Wallace in the quarter, the Broncos lost the contest 51-59.

Simpson finished with a double-double, 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Colby Cox had 15 points and four assists.

Lee added seven points and three rebounds.

Lee and Simpson fouled out of the game. Cox, Rector and Destiny Beacham each had four fouls.

WP made nine-of-17 free throws, while Wallace converted 23-of-35 free throws.

Maggie May led Wallace with 20 points. May made 13-of-18 free throw attempts.

WP coach Matt Cox said he saw some bright spots in the WP offense, but free throws and rebounding gave the Broncos trouble.

Once again, foul trouble caught up with the Broncos the following night in Brady.

Coach Cox said WP did a good job early in the game with its press, while handling the Brady full-court pressure.

C. Cox scored nine first- quarter points and Simpson six points as WP jumped out to a 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

WP made seven-of-nine free throws in the second quarter but Brady cut into the Broncos’ lead despite C. Cox’ third three-pointer. Simpson, Rector and Lee scored for the Broncos in the quarter. WP led 34-29 at halftime.

As fouls starting adding up in the second half, the Broncos began to struggle with the Eagles.

WP was outscored 3-13 in the quarter.

Trailing, 37-42 heading into the fourth quarter, WP made 10-of-14 free throws over the final eight minutes. After going scoreless in the third quarter, C. Cox chipped in nine points in the fourth and ended up leading WP with 25 points.

The Broncos were unable to overcome the deficit, falling 55-64.

C. Cox finished one steal short of a double-double and also had six assists.

Simpson also finished in double figures with 18 points. C. Cox and Simpson each had five rebounds.

Reagan Skow grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Lee and Rector had six and five points, respectively.

WP made 22-33 free throws in the game. Brady made 14-of-29 free throws.

Brady had one player foul out and four players with four fouls.

Rector, Lee and Simpson all fouled out for WP. Ramirez had four fouls.

Brady’s Tara Callahan led Brady with 23 points. Emily Shaw scored all of her 15 points, including four-three pointers, in the second half.

The Broncos played Medicine Valley Tuesday in the first round of the Cattle Trail Invitational Tournament.

Coach Cox hoped to see his team do a better job getting into  its half-court offense and forcing the opposing defense to work harder as WP continues to learn a new system.

Offensively, with the new style, coach Cox said ball handling, including passing and decision making, needs to improve.

Defensively, “we will continue to work on our defensive positioning and philosophy and that should help the foul problems we’ve experienced so far,” said coach Cox.

Friday, WP will face either Arapahoe or Hitchcock County. Whether WP gets a win over Medicine Valley or not, WP will play at 2:30 p.m. MT/3:30 p.m. CT. WP would play at MCC if it beats Medicine Valley or the McCook High School gym if it loses to the Raiders..

The final rounds of the tournament will be played Saturday.