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Friday, 11 March 2016 17:47

Cameo Rector, Ellie Lee (22) and Reagan Skow (23) pressure the ball handler.

(Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)

 

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

For the second time in three years, the Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team advanced to the state tournament and faced Falls City Sacred Heart in the first round.

 

When planning to take on the defending state champions, WP Coach Matt Cox said the Broncos had two keys to success for this game.

 

Shooting the ball as soon as the Broncos were open was one priority and defending for long periods of time, forcing a shot outside the lane and holding FCSH off the glass, was the second.

 

Unfortunately, cold shooting hurt the Broncos throughout the game.

 

“We knew the open looks would be few and far between, but we got some quality shots up in the first half but we just couldn’t get them to fall,” said Coach Cox. “I thought we performed very well. The girls were a little nervous, but we were comfortable once the game started, I thought.”

 

Two free throws from Colby Cox with a minute left in the first quarter were the Broncos’ only points over the first eight minutes of the game.

 

Three pointers by C. Cox and Faith Simpson in the second quarter rounded out first half scoring.

 

Though WP gave up 15 points to FCSH in the first quarter, the teams each scored six points in the second quarter.

 

“I thought defensively it may have been one of our best games, we had help-side covered at all times and forced them into jumpers. They just did a better job of scoring them than we did,” Coach Cox said.

 

Reagan Skow scored WP’s only points in the third quarter and added another basket in the fourth.

 

The Broncos also got two points from Cameo Rector and Faith Simpson over the final stanza to go with five points from C. Cox.

C. Cox led WP with 10 points.

 

“It was certainly not the offensive performance you would like to end your season on but I thought we played up to our potential, we didn’t get overwhelmed by the moment, and we continued to defend and fight with determination and effort and that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” Coach Cox said.

 

Simpson led WP with eight rebounds. C. Cox snagged five rebounds. Natalie Ramirez, Rector and Skow each had two rebounds and Lee three.

 

“Our rebounding was outstanding as well, we physically held our position and any second chance opportunities they had came because we were just outsized,” said Coach Cox.

 

Simpson also had two assists. C. Cox, Lee and Skow each had one assist.

State tournament results

FCSH lost in the second round to eventual state champion Wynot 43-39 in the second round, then beat Sandhills/Thedford 55-38 in the third place game.

 

Wynot beat St. Mary’s 41-40 in the finals.

 

It was a rough tournament for the Republican Plains Activities Conference.

 

In Class D1, Cambridge and Dundy County-Stratton both lost in the first round to opponents that advanced to the finals.

 

Both teams finished the season ranked in the Class D1 top ten.

 

WP finished the season unranked with a 16-9 record.

 

“The trip to state caps off a very successful season and a very successful career for four senior girls. Three trips to Lincoln in four years for those kids is something to be pretty proud of,” said Coach Cox.

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