|Girls win two, move to 8-5|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:52|
Reagan Skow defends against the Perkins County guard in the Broncos win over the Plainsmen Friday. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team picked up two convincing wins last week with defeats of Perkins County (0-12) and Garden County (2-8).
WP held an early 6-0 lead, but Perkins County’s triangle-and-two defense slowed the Broncos down.
Perkins County came back to take a brief lead before WP pulled ahead 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Colby Cox and Cameo Rector combined to make six-of-six free throws to go with four baskets by Faith Simpson as WP opened up a 26-18 halftime lead.
Perkins County closed the gap to five points by the end of the third quarter.
Leading 34-29, WP took off over the final eight minutes, outscoring Perkins County 26-5 and winning 60-34.
Simpson scored 29 points for the Broncos. Cox added 18 points. Each had 11 rebounds.
Ellie Lee had eight rebounds and two assists.
Rector scored six points and had two assists.
Coach Matt Cox said the key to the win was the Broncos kept playing great team defense and blocked out well in the fourth quarter.
“Wins can be hard to come by in January, but it’s always nice to win on parents’ night,” Coach Cox added.
Saturday, WP beat an undermanned Garden County team 52-39.
“This was a good road win for our girls,” said Coach Cox. “Our shooting slump has made it tough for us in the past couple games, but I am fully confident in all my girls that we’ll improve in that area. The thing I’m proudest of is our willingness to defend and rebounds, even if our shots aren’t falling.”
C. Cox and Simpson both finished in double figures with 18 and 15 points. The pair also led WP in rebounding. C. Cox had 15 rebounds and Simpson 14. Simpson had eight steals and C. Cox seven.
Rector had nine points and nine rebounds.
RPAC tournament on tap
WP will play at 6-7 Paxton Thursday, before beginning the RPAC tournament Saturday at Wallace.
The Broncos will have a rematch with Paxton in the first round of the tournament. The game will begin at 1:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. CT.