|WP improves to 4-3, beats South Platte and McPherson County|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:00|
Colby Cox led the Broncos in scoring against South Platte and McPherson County with 31 and 26 points, respectively. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team received a scare Friday night with a close game against South Platte, before taking care of business Saturday against McPherson County.
The 1-5 Lady Knights looked to be an easy victory for WP heading into the contest. South Platte hadn’t scored more than 41 points in a contest, but came out ready to play at Wauneta.
WP started off the game with five-straight points, only to see South Platte score seven-straight points.
The teams traded baskets before WP finished the quarter outscoring the Knights 11-4.
Colby Cox had a big first quarter for WP, making four three-pointers and scoring 14 points.
Taking a 19-15 lead into the second quarter, WP saw South Platte score 10-straight points over the first three minutes.
Following a C. Cox floater, South Platte scored four more points. The Broncos’ offense received a jump start with an Ellie Lee three-pointer. Baskets by C. Cox and Faith Simpson help WP finish the half on a 7-3, but a 28-32 deficit.
Both teams scored on its opening possessions and South Platte added a basket the second time it had the ball.
Another three-pointer by C. Cox narrowed the margin to 33-36 and a putback by Cameo Rector cut it to one point.
South Platte tried to extend the lead, but C. Cox’s sixth three-pointer of the game tied the game at 38 with 3:11 left in the quarter.
The Knights finished the third quarter with a seven- point run to put WP down 38-45 heading into the fourth quarter.
Fouls began to add up for both teams in the fourth quarter and WP got to the free throw line early and often.
The Broncos made five free throws and added a Simpson basket to pull to within two points, 45-47.
A C. Cox steal and layup tied the game with 4:38 remaining.
WP took its first lead since early in the second quarter on a Simpson put back. Baskets by Lee, Simpson and C. Cox sealed the 63-57 win.
The teams combined to shoot 47 free throws. WP made seven-of-21 while South Platte converted 19-of-26.
C. Cox led WP with 31 points and nine rebounds. Simpson and Lee added 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Simpson had eight rebounds and Rector four. Lee and Cox each had four assists.
Simpson led the Broncos with five steals.
WP coach Matt Cox said late adjustments turned the tide and the Broncos made just enough plays to squeak out the win.
The Broncos didn’t need a big fourth quarter to pick up a win against 0-5 McPherson County.
C. Cox had another strong first quarter, scoring 15 points.
Simpson added six points as WP jumped out to a 21-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Simpson and C. Cox continued to carry the load for the Broncos in the second quarter. Simpson scored four points and C. Cox added seven more, including hitting five-of-six free throws.
Nine Broncos played in the first half, helping WP to a 32-15 halftime lead.
Simpson scored 10 points in the third quarter and the Broncos went to work from the charity stripe in the final stanza, hitting 10-of-13 free throws over the final eight minutes.
WP made 21-of-26 free throws in the game and won the contest 63-31.
C. Cox led WP with 26 points and Simpson was close behind with 22 points.
Simpson had eight rebounds and eight steals.
Lee had four rebounds and Natalie Ramirez led the Broncos with four assists.
C. Cox also had eight steals.
Coach Cox said the Broncos tried out a new defense and was pleased with the defensive rebounding.
Eleven Broncos played in the game and Coach Cox said it was good to have a chance to play some of the younger kids.
Tuesday the Broncos traveled to Benkelman for a rematch of the Cattle Trail Invitational championship game against Dundy County-Stratton.
Dec. 29 WP will host 5-1 Arapahoe.
The first games in the new year will be at Hitchcock County (4-2) on Jan. 8 and at home against 2-4 Southwest on Jan. 9.