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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Tyler Davis turns the corner against Dundy County-Stratton’s Kaleb Wonderly in the semi-finals of the Cattle Trail Invitational Tournament. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team opened the Cattle Trail Invitational Tournament with a win over Hitchcock County Dec. 8, before falling in close contests to Dundy County-Stratton and Arapahoe later in the week.


Defeat Hitchcock County

Chase Rathe scored WP’s first four points against 1-3 Hitchcock County. Following a Brody Nordhausen basket, Greg Gaston scored two buckets around a three-pointer by Cash Yearous.

Leading 13-9 heading into the second quarter, Gaston got hot, scoring 11 points heading into halftime.

Yearous, Rathe, Tyler Davis, Paul Behrends, Dalton Harchelroad and Duncan Rector all scored for the Broncos in the second quarter as WP extended its lead to 38-16.

Hitchcock County began to close the gap in the third quarter. WP scored nine points, with Dennis Cavanaugh hitting two three-pointers.

Rathe added a basket and then added two three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help lead the team to a 58-47 win.

Eleven Broncos played in the win and ten scored.

Gaston led WP with 15 points. Rathe added 14 points.

Gaston had six rebounds and Davis, Nordhausen and Behrends each grabbed four.

Rathe had five steals and Nordhausen added four steals. Gaston had six assists.


Edged by DCS

The Broncos took on undefeated Dundy County-Stratton Dec. 11 in the semi-finals of the tournament

WP stayed close with the Tigers for the first half of the first quarter, taking its first lead 12-11 with 4:17 left in the quarter.

The Broncos were outscored 2-10 over the remainder of the quarter.

WP got baskets from Gaston, Rector and Nordhausen in the second quarter and trailed 20-30 at the end of the half.

The Broncos immediately began eating into the Tigers lead in the third quarter.

Gaston’s steal and layup started scoring before Davis earned assists on baskets by Rathe and Yearous.

WP scored on its fourth straight possession when Gaston found Davis for a bucket to bring the score to 28-32.

DCS responded with seven straight points until back-to-back Gaston three-pointers got WP back on track.

The Broncos finished the quarter with two free throws by Yearous and eight points by Gaston as WP tied the game at 44 heading into the fourth quarter.

Seven-straight points by Gaston gave WP a 51-49 lead with six minutes left in the game.

Seven combined points from Rathe and Gaston kept the Broncos in the lead. Free throws by Yearous and Davis helped extend WP’s lead to 61-56 with 1:16 left in the contest.

WP gave up two conventional three-point plays down the stretch and lost 61-62.

Gaston led WP with 27 points. Rathe scored 11 points and Davis 10 points.

Gaston and Davis each had four rebounds. Nordhausen had six assists. Yearous and Gaston each had five steals.


Lose by two to Arapahoe

WP wrapped up the Cattle Trail Invitational Saturday by taking on Arapahoe (2-2) in the third-place game.

Both teams started off slow and the score was 2-1 half way through the quarter.

The offenses picked up the remainder of the first quarter.

WP outscored the Warriors 9-6 behind baskets by Rathe, Yearous and Gaston to take a 11-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

With only a Rathe free throw early in the second quarter, WP fell behind 12-13 halfway through the period.

Arapahoe went on a 12-2 run before Gaston and Rathe scored late in the quarter. WP trailed 18-25 at halftime.

WP fell further behind in the third quarter and trailed 22-35 with four minutes left in the quarter.

A three-pointer and conventional three-point by Gaston spurred the Broncos comeback.

A basket by Gaston, followed by a reverse layup by Rathe narrowed the score to 32-37.

Two free throws by Davis, then a steal and layup by Gaston brought WP to within one, 36-37 going into the fourth quarter.

The Broncos went to work from the free throw line early in the quarter. Yearous, Nordhausen and Gaston made seven-of-ten from the charity stripe and Gaston a two-pointer to give WP a 45-41 lead.

A convention three-point play by Arapahoe narrowed the WP lead to one, before a Gaston basket got the lead back up to three points, 47-44.

Two Arapahoe free throws cut the lead to 47-46, then a Warrior three-pointer with 43.7 seconds left followed by a two-pointer with 20 second left put the Broncos behind 47-51.

Gaston made a three-pointer to bring WP back within one. The Broncos fouled and Arapahoe made one free throw with 5.1 seconds left.

On the WP end, Gaston converted two free throws with 4.0 seconds left to make the score 52-53.

WP fouled once more and Arapahoe made one. The in-bounds pass following the free throw pass turned into a dog pile and time expired before WP could advance the ball.

Gaston finished with 28 points. Nordhausen added nine points. Rathe scored eight points.

Rathe and Nordhausen had four steals each.

Gaston had six assists and six rebounds. Davis, Nordhausen and Behrends each had four rebounds.

Now 3-2, WP will host South Platte (0-4) Friday and McPherson County (0-4) Saturday. The Broncos next game will be Dec. 29 at home against Arapahoe.