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Friday, 11 March 2016 18:12

Chase Rathe beats his defender during the second half of

Wauneta-Palisade’s district championship game against Giltner.

(Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)



By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team’s season ended Mar. 1 with a 46-60 loss to Giltner in the D2-4 district finals.


The teams entered the game sitting 14th and 15th in the wildcard standings.


Giltner controlled the game early, scoring on its first possession. The Broncos tied the game at two on a basket by Greg Gaston, but two quick baskets by the Hornets led WP coach Dave Kuhlen to call a timeout.


WP trailed 2-8 before a three-pointer by Gaston narrowed the gap. Free throws by Gaston were all the Broncos could manage until three-pointers by Cash Yearous scored with 40 seconds remaining in the quarter and Gaston with 10 seconds left narrowed the gap to 14-22.


Giltner continued to pull away in the second quarter.


Trailing 15-29, four straight points by Duncan Rector brought the Broncos to within 10 points of the Hornets.


Gaston continued to be the Broncos main scoring threat and added five more points midway through the second quarter.


A basket by Rector and free throw by Yearous made the score 27-42 at halftime.


Both teams came out cold to start the third quarter.


With two minutes and thirty seconds gone in the half, Giltner had scored once and Gaston had scored four points for WP.


Another minute and thirty seconds went by before a three-pointer by Chase Rathe brought WP back to within ten points, 34-44.


The Broncos finished the quarter with two free throws by Tyler Davis, while Giltner hit a three-pointer and two-point basket.


Trailing 36-49, a basket by Davis and free throw by Gaston closed the gap back to 10 points.


Giltner answered the run with five straight points.


Baskets by Gaston, Yearous and Gaston, again, helped WP with a 6-1 run and made the score 45-55.


WP was never able to cut the lead to less than 10 points and the teams finished the game at the free throw stripe.


“Simply put, we did not have enough playmakers offensively or defensively this season and so we were not a deserving state tournament team,” coach Kuhlen said. “We needed far better production in terms of preventing layups, getting loose basketballs, getting to shooters, setting up teammates, cutting hard and at the right time, etc.”


Gaston led WP with 25 points. Yearous, Davis and Rector each scored six points.


Davis grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, Rathe had five rebounds. Gaston and Rathe had three and two assists, respectively. Rector led the Broncos with five steals and Caid Doetker had three blocks.


The loss ends WP’s season with a 15-9 record.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2016 18:58