|Broncos wrap up RPAC tournament, head down the stretch|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 05 February 2016 17:40|
Chase Rathe (24), Caid Doetker (31), Greg Gaston (40), Tyler Davis (12) and Duncan Rector (32) apply pressure to the Maxwell ball handler. WP beat Maxwell 73-54. (DeAnn Davis | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team went 2-1 in the RPAC tournament and improved it’s record to 11-5.
Following its win over Maywood-Hayes Center on Jan. 23, WP moved on to face Paxton Jan. 26.
The first quarter was the difference in the game. The Broncos trailed 5-7 at the midway point in the first quarter, but a Paxton run to end the first quarter had WP trailing 7-13 heading into the second quarter.
WP was able to narrow the score to 21-26 at halftime. Both teams struggled to make a basket early in the quarter. A free throw was all the team could manage over the first four minutes of the half, before Chase Rathe found Cash Yearous open for back-to-back baskets, a three-pointer and a two-pointer. The five-point run pulled WP to within one of the Tigers, 26-27.
Paxton responded with 12 points in four possessions, while WP got five-straight points from Duncan Rector with assists from Yearous.
When the smoke had cleared, WP trailed 31-38 at the end of the third quarter.
Though Paxton extended its lead to nine points in the fourth quarter, WP refused to let the Tigers pull away. With two minutes left in the game, WP trailed 41-46.
The Broncos narrowed the deficit to 46-50 with time running out. Free throws by Paxton made the final score 46-52.
Rector led WP with 11 points. Yearous added 10 points.
Tyler Davis grabbed seven rebounds. Rathe and Greg Gaston each had five rebounds.
Yearous had five steals while Rathe had four assists.
Paxton lost to Dundy County-Stratton in the semifinals and defeated Southwest in the third place game.
The Broncos wrapped up the tournament with a decisive win over 9-9 Maxwell.
WP controlled the game throughout and never trailed in the contest.
The Broncos led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and used a big second quarter to put Maxwell away for good.
WP outscored Maxwell 28-12 in the second quarter with the help of seven straight points by Gaston.
With the score 45-20 at the start of the second half, the teams played even in the third quarter.
Reserves saw significant action in the game and closed out the 73-54 win.
Rathe led WP with 17 points. Yearous and Gaston each scored 16 points. Davis added 14 points.
Ten players had at least two rebounds for WP, with Rathe, Rector and Gaston leading the team with four each.
Gaston rounded out a double-double with 10 assists and added eight steals.
WP takes on Medicine Valley (7-7) at home tonight (Thursday). Friday, the team travels to Sutherland (7-7).
Remaining games on the Broncos schedule are at Maywood-Hayes Center (3-12) on Feb. 12, Arthur County (7-7) at home on Feb. 13 and Dundy County-Stratton (15-1) at home Feb. 19.
Colby Cox splits Dundy County-Stratton defenders on her way to the basket. The Broncos lost in the RPAC semifinal game. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)
After winning its first two games of the RPAC tournament over Paxton and Wallace, the Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team finished in fourth place after losses to 16-1 Dundy County-Stratton and 13-4 Cambridge.
The semifinals Jan. 28 marked the third time this season that DCS and WP had played. The outcome didn’t change the third time around.
The Broncos struggled early against DCS. WP trailed 0-11 and wasn’t able to score until a Cameo Rector basket with 2:45 left in the quarter.
Baskets by Ellie Lee and Colby Cox rounded out WP scoring in the quarter and the Broncos trailed 6-22.
The second quarter didn’t go much better for the Broncs. WP trailed 10-34 at halftime.
The second half was much the same as the second quarter for WP against one of Class D1’s best teams. The Broncos lost the game 25-61.
Rector led WP with nine points. C. Cox scored eight points.
Faith Simpson had eight rebounds and eight blocks. C. Cox and Simpson had three steals each.
The loss moved WP into the third-place game Saturday at McCook against Cambridge.
The Broncos fifth game in nine games caught up with the team, while Cambridge had one less game over the same time frame thanks to a first-round tournament bye.
WP was outscored 14-34 in the first half and lost the contest 41-71.
Simpson led WP with 15 points. Rector and C. Cox added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Simpson pulled down six rebounds, while C. Cox grabbed five. The pair also had three steals each.
Lee had a team-high three assists.
Coach Matt Cox said it was a long, good week of basketball.
“I was proud of our performance,” coach Cox said, “Playing on Saturday was our goal to start the week and it was nice to bring a 4th place plaque home for the trophy case!”
Now 11-7, WP will take on 1-13 Medicine Valley tonight (Thursday) at home and travel to 5-11 Sutherland Friday.
Next week the Broncos face 8-8 Maywood Hayes Center on Feb. 12 and 10-6 Arthur County the following night.
Sub-districts will be Feb. 15, 16 and 18. Teams joining WP in the D2-8 subdistrict include Elwood, Eustis-Farnam, Hitchcock County and Wallace.