|Broncs up winning streak to five games, beat Southwest, Hitchcock County|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 15 January 2016 16:36|
Cash Yearous heads into the lane against Southwest. Yearous scored 18 points in the win. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team improved its record to 8-2 with wins over Hitchcock County and Southwest last week.
Friday, WP traveled to Trenton to take on 2-8 Hitchcock County.
The Broncos hit three three-pointers, two by Greg Gaston and one by Chase Rathe, en route to a 17-6 first quarter lead.
Two more three-pointers by Gaston helped push the Broncos to a 31-18 lead at halftime.
WP extended its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Hitchcock County 17-7.
The Broncos went on to win the contest 56-41.
Gaston led WP with 21 points, including five three-pointers. Tyler Davis scored 12 points and Rathe added nine points.
The following night, WP hosted 8-3 Southwest.
The Broncos had fallen behind 4-11 by midway through the first quarter.
Three three-pointers by Rathe jump started the Broncos’ offense. WP trailed 15-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Following a Southwest basket to start scoring in the second quarter, Cash Yearous tied the game with a three-pointer. Southwest extended its lead to four points, but WP responded.
A three-pointer by Gaston, followed by Rathe’s fourth, fifth and sixth three-pointers in the game pulled WP ahead 27-24. The teams traded free throws down the stretch and the Broncos headed into the locker room with a 32-26 lead.
The game got physical early in the third quarter, with five fouls called during the teams’ first-eight possessions of the second half.
Following a Tyler Davis basket, back-to-back three-pointers by Gaston and Yearous increased WP’s lead to 40-28.
Southwest narrowed the score to 42-35, but four points by Yearous over the final 2:35 of the quarter kept WP in the lead, 47-37.
Though WP had three fouls to Southwest’s seven at the start of the fourth quarter, the fouls started to accumulate for WP.
Two minutes went by with the teams each making two free throws, before Yearous hit his third three-pointer of the game.
Leading 52-43, WP scored on three-consecutive possessions with baskets by Brody Nordhausen, Duncan Rector and Yearous and held a 58-43 lead with 2:45 left in the game.
With Gaston on the bench with five fouls, Southwest’s full-court pressure started causing the Broncos problems.
WP had six-straight turnovers before Southwest was forced to send the Broncos to the charity stripe.
Rector hit both ends of a one-and-one and Yearous knocked down three-of-four free throws at the end to seal the 63-55 win.
Rathe, hitting seven-of-10 three-point attempts, led WP with 20 points. Yearous added 18 points. Gaston also finished in double figures with 10 points.
Davis led WP with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Gaston had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
The Jan. 11 Omaha World Herald rating, WP was ranked tenth. Paxton sits in seventh place.
Other RPAC teams in the ratings are Southern Valley, fifth in C2, and Dundy County-Stratton and Cambridge, which are fifth and tenth, respectively, in D1.
Friday the Broncos will host Perkins County (8-3) then travel to Garden County (4-4) Saturday.
Jan. 21 WP will play at 9-1 Paxton before starting the RPAC tournament Saturday, Jan. 23.