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Friday, 29 January 2016 16:03

Cameo Rector drives past Paxton’s Taylor Dack during Wauneta-Palisade’s 58-49 win over Paxton in the RPAC Tournament. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

The Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team has run its winning streak to six games and advanced to the semifinals of the RPAC tournament.

WP picked up a close win over Paxton Thursday, Jan. 21, before facing the Tigers in the opening round of the tournament Saturday.

The first match up was close throughout the first half.

The Broncos used seven first-quarter points from Faith Simpson to hold a 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Paxton took its first lead of the game early in the second quarter and WP trailed 10-14 with four minutes left in the half.

Behind Colby Cox, WP closed the half on a 14-7 run and led 24-21 at halftime.

The Tigers stayed within three points through the first four minutes of the second half before WP got six straight points from Simpson and increased its lead to 43-32 at the end of the third quarter.

WP held its largest lead, 47-34, with 4:30 left in the game. The Broncos were unable to make a field goal over the remainder of the game and Paxton came back to take a one-point lead with 16.3 seconds left.

Four free throws by C. Cox in the final seconds of the game were enough to give WP the 51-48 win.

C. Cox led WP with 22 points, Simpson score 21 points.

Simpson and Lee both finished with double-digit rebounds, 12 and 10, respectively.

Ellie Lee led WP with three assists.

C. Cox had six steals and Simpson five.

The teams were back in action Saturday in Wallace and traded baskets early in the game. With the game tied at 12, Paxton scored five-straight points. A Simpson basket off a Lee inbounds pass kept WP with in three points, 14-17, at the end of the first quarter.

Though WP allowed Paxton to increase its lead to nine points, the Broncos came storming back.

WP outscored the Tigers 15-5 over a six-minute stretch and took a 29-28 lead into the locker room.

The game remained close in the third quarter. Leading 38-37, WP closed the quarter with two baskets by Simpson and a 42-38 lead.

The Broncos never trailed in the fourth quarter. C. Cox scored seven points and had three assists, while Simpson scored six points as WP shut the door on the Tigers.

Simpson made 17-of-28 from the field, and totaled 40 points in the 59-48 win. Simpson also led the Broncos with 16 rebounds.

C. Cox had 11 points, seven assists and four steals. Lee had six assists and two steals.

Broncos’ coach Matt Cox said both games were similar.

“We had a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter of both games, I thought we did a better job of managing the end of the game on Saturday than we did on Thursday,” Coach Cox said. “We did a much better job of adjusting to their defensive changes on Saturday as well.”

The win advanced WP, the west third seed, to a match-up with the west second seed, Wallace, at Maywood Monday.

WP lost to Wallace 51-59 in the first game of the season.

The Broncos got with it early, holding a 14-4 lead midway through the first quarter.

Five straight points by Wallace cut into the WP lead, but C. Cox answered with four- straight points.

WP held its largest lead of the first half, 25-12, before Wallace closed the gap to seven, 25-21, at halftime.

The game continued to tighten up in the third quarter. The Broncos saw its lead narrowed to 30-27 before opening the gap back to 10 points, 43-33, at the end of the third quarter.

WP was able to maintain the lead though out the remainder of the game, winning 64-54.

Simpson finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in the game.

Cox added 19 points, making 10-of-13 free throws and dished out five assists..

Lee also finished in double figures with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The win advances WP to the semifinals of the tournament. WP will play Dundy County-Stratton (14-1) tonight (Thursday) in Trenton at  6:45 p.m. MT/7:45 p.m. CT.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 16:06