|Girls’ basketball team splits games with Hitchcock Co., Southwest|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 15 January 2016 16:34|
Jayden Ingold prepares to inbound the ball as (front to back) Dakota Ingold (32), Destiny Beacham, Tryssta Duvel and Natalie Ramirez run the play. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team jumped back into action following the holiday break with games against Hitchcock County and Southwest last week.
WP traveled to Trenton Friday night to take on the Falcons (6-4).
The Broncos played the first half without Faith Simpson who had been sick.
Hitchcock County put the clamps on the Broncos’ offense over the first two quarters. WP only made four field goals and converted one-of-five free throws over the first sixteen minutes of the game. WP trailed 9-31 at halftime.
Colby Cox got hot in the third quarter and scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half.
Simpson scored nine points as WP outscored the Falcons 34-24 in the second half, ultimately losing 43-55.
Cameo Rector, Ellie Lee and Reagan Skow each scored four points.
C. Cox had 10 rebounds and Lee and Skow each had six. Lee led WP with seven assists.
C. Cox had eight steals. Natalie Ramirez and Simpson each had three.
Coach Matt Cox said although Hitchcock County is a good team, it was still a tough road loss.
“We played really well, except for putting the ball in the basket,” Coach Cox said, adding that the Falcons did a nice job making free throws down the stretch.
The Broncos bounced back Saturday night with a win at home over Southwest (2-9).
WP jumped out to an 11-2 lead by midway through the first quarter, using solid defense to set up three lay ups.
Though the offenses slowed down over the final two minutes of the quarter, WP led 24-6 at the end of the first quarter.
“I couldn’t have been happier with how we started the game,” said Coach Cox. “Our full-court trap and 1-3-1 defense led to some turnovers with some nice fast break opportunities.”
Behind two three-pointers by C. Cox, WP extended its lead in the second quarter, with help from baskets by Tryssta Duvel and Destiny Beacham and two free throws each by Lee and Skow.
Rector scored four points in the third quarter before substitutes came in for the Broncos.
All 15 Broncos suited up saw action in the contest.
WP went on to win the game 58-31.
Simpson and Cox scored 17 and 13 points, respectively.
Lee added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Simpson had six rebounds, three assists and five steals.
C. Cox had five rebounds, three assists and six steals.
Now 6-5, WP will look to improve its record with games against Perkins County (0-11) at home Friday and at Garden County (1-7) Saturday.
Coach Cox said he’d like to see the Broncos gain a better understanding of the offense this week.
“We have to do a better job shifting gears from pushing the ball up the sideline to running our offense properly,” Cox said. “We are still a bit confused about the difference between up tempo and throw up a quick shot.”
Coach Cox added that he’s been happy with how team members are settling into their roles for the team.
“We are getting a lot of scoring from a lot of individuals, and we need to continue to build on that.”
WP will travel to Paxton (6-5) Jan. 21 before heading into the RPAC tournament which will begin Jan. 23.