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Lady Broncos win two, finish second at Cattle Trail Invite PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Tryssta Duvel looks to make a pass to the low post during the semi-finals of the Cattle Trail Invite. Also pictured are Colby Cox (10) and Faith Simpson. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team picked up its first two wins of the season last week at the Cattle Trail Invitational in McCook.

WP opened the tournament with a 57-32 win over Medicine Valley.

Bronco coach Matt Cox said the team got off to a good start and he was able to play a lot of kids. Eight WP players scored in the game.

Coach Cox was pleased with WP’s execution in the game. The Broncos only had three turnovers in the first half.

“It always feels good to get that first win of the season, but at this point of the year I get really focused on execution,” said Coach Cox. “We know we aren’t going to win every game but if we take care of us and continue to rebound better, keep our turnovers down, and control the pace of the game, we will be competitive in most of them.”

Faith Simpson led WP with 31 points and eight rebounds.

Colby Cox added 12 points, plus four assists and four steals.

Tryssta Duvel had five rebounds.

Take down the Falcons

Friday, WP took on Hitchcock County (2-2) in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Nearly half the first quarter was over before either team got on the scoreboard, but WP quickly got heated up.

A C. Cox steal and layup started off scoring in the game. C. Cox was fouled on the attempt and when she missed the free throw, Simpson grabbed the rebound and put WP up 4-0. Simpson duplicated the play soon after when Rector made one-of-two free throws.

Following Hitchcock County’s first basket, Ellie Lee hit a three-pointer to make the score 10-2.

The Broncos closed out the quarter with baskets by Cameo Rector and Simpson and a 14-6 lead.

Scoring picked up in the second quarter when WP outscored the Falcons 19-10. The Broncos made six-of-11 free throw attempts and Lee made a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the half.

Simpson scored the Broncos’ first five points of the second half. A Natalie Ramirez basket put WP up 40-19. The Broncos led 44-24 at the end of the third quarter.

With Hitchcock County applying pressure in the fourth quarter, WP was outscored 8-18.

“Hitchcock County’s press caused us some fits because we get to dribbling too much,” said Coach Cox. “We will be able to break full-court pressure with dribbling, but need to be much more efficient with our passing. Ball reversal is key in breaking a press as well and we got away from that some in the second half.”

Coach Cox added that the big halftime lead may have led to a lack of focus in the second half of the 52-42 win.

Simpson had 26 points for WP. Lee added nine points and Rector seven.

Lee and Simpson both pulled down 12 rebounds.

Rector and C. Cox each had three assists.

Tigers too tough

WP faced Dundy County-Stratton (4-1) in the finals of the tournament. DCS started the season ranked first in Class D1.

The pace was frantic in the early minutes of the game.

WP trailed 6-10 at the five minute mark of the first quarter after two baskets by Simpson and two free throws by Skow.

The Broncos were outscored 4-10 over the rest of the quarter.

WP did its best to hang with the Tigers in the second quarter. A free throw and basket by C. Cox and a three-pointer by Simpson cut the DCS lead to 17-24.

The Broncos were outscored 6-12 down the stretch of the second quarter and trailed 23-36 at halftime.

Three-pointers by Simpson and Ramirez, plus a two-point basket by C. Cox were WP’s only points of the third quarter.

C. Cox scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter. Rector and Simpson also added a basket in the fourth quarter of the 43-63 loss.

“The Dundy County girls were as good as expected,” Coach Cox said. “I thought we played our best defensive game so far this year out of the half court. They got a ton of points by getting behind and just beating us down the floor. I expected a lot of that due to a long week of basketball and they go 10 deep on the bench and that adds up at the end of a week long tourney on a college-size floor!”

Simpson finished with 18 points.

Lee had 11 rebounds. Simpson had eight boards and three assists. C. Cox had four steals.

“Runner-up at the Cattle Trail Tournament is something to be very proud of and I know the girls were hurting but they never gave up and fought the whole game,” Coach Cox said. “We grew up in a big way this week and now get four days of practice to work on conditioning and continue to fine tune some things. I’m really happy with where we are and excited about what I’ve seen thus far and the potential of this basketball team.”

Up next

WP will face South Platte Friday and McPherson County Saturday. Both games will be played at Wauneta.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 the Broncos will travel to DCS.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 21:32