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Bronco girls notch first win over Lady Wildcats PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 December 2008 18:11
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican


    Roger Lauhead’s Bronco girls got off to a good start Friday, defeating the Wallace Lady Wildcats 60-42 in basketball action Saturday.
    Looking back at the game, Lauhead said he was pleased with how the girls played.
    They are adjusting to a new style, Lauhead said, so there are still some things to work on going forward.
    Without a distinct height advantage, Lauhead said they are concentrating on various aspects of the game to overcome the lack of height.
    “We worked on ball handling drills and 3-on-3 situations and it paid off,” he said.
    With their up-tempo style of play, he said the girls found themselves in a number of 3-on-3 situations during the game.
    They passed the ball really well, finding the open player but did miss too many shots inside, he conceded. But he expects that to improve.
    One of the biggest surprises for Bronco fans came in the play of Tia Simpson.
    She led the team in scoring with 17 points and 12 rebounds, along with four steals.
    Lauhead said she’s been the real sleeper this season. But he knew she was capable of the type of performance she turned in Saturday because that’s the way she’s been practicing.
    He said she has a great sense for the ball.
    The Broncs did suffer a blow however, in the loss of Katie Flaig. She didn’t play in Saturday’s game due to a bad knee.
    Lauhead said she’s facing surgery but could possibly make it back in late January if all goes well.

Cambridge this week
    Lauhead is looking forward to this week’s game with Cambridge to get a real measure on the progress of this year’s team.
    Cambridge finished fourth in C2 last year at state and returns three starters from that team.
    Last year, the Broncs took Cambridge down to the wire in the RPAC tourney before falling.
    He said the Broncs will have to play in-your-face defense against Cambridge’s outside shooters, who are all capable of knocking down the trey ball at will.
    The Broncs will also have to slow down Cambridge’s fast break which they use quite effectively.

Second quarter the difference

    The Broncs held just a two-point lead after the first eight minutes against the Wildcats, 14-12.
    But the second quarter proved to be the difference maker in the ball game.
    The Broncs put 21 points on the board, led by seven from Blair Dixon, six by Bethany Reiner and four each from Simpson and Tori Adams.
    Defensively, they held the Wildcats to just 10 points to take a 35-22 lead at half.
    Wallace hit a pair of treys to help boost them to a 10-point quarter in the third while the Broncs scored just eight.
    With an 11-point lead going into the fourth, the Broncs padded their margin as Wallace sent the Broncs to the free throw line.
    Their strategy didn’t work as the Broncs went for 11 for 16 at the line in the fourth to sew up the win, 60-42.
    In addition to Simpson with 17, Dixon and Bethany Reiner each finished in double figures with 16 and 12 respectively.
    Dixon also added 11 rebounds and 10 steals.
    As a team, the Broncs were 1-8 (.125) outside the three-point arc, 20-55 (.364) inside the arc and 17-29 (.586) at the line.
    Friday’s action with Cambridge kicks off with girls’ jayvee action at 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT.
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