Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Duncan Rector keeps his eyes on the basket as he splits Wallace defenders Thursday against Wallace.
Big wins for Broncos over Wallace, McPherson County
The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team’s season got off to a strong start last week with wins over Wallace Thursday and McPherson County Friday.
As could be expected in the first game of the season, there were many turnovers in the first four minutes of the game.
As the teams settled down, WP came back from trailing 4-9 to take a 10-9 lead. Wallace recovered and, despite a basket by Cash Yearous and three-pointer by George Lee, the Broncos trailed 15-17 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was a different story. WP tied the game on its first possession and never trailed from there. The Broncos closed out the half on a 18-2 run.
Leading 40-24, WP increased its lead throughout the second half and all 14 Broncos played in the fourth quarter.
“I think maybe Wallace wore down a little and our kids gained some confidence,” WP Head Coach Dave Kuhlen said, of the 73-46 win.
Behind four three-pointers, Yearous led WP with 20 points. Rector added 11 points and Duvel 10.
Rozelle had a team high six rebounds for the Broncos. Yearous, Doetker and Duvel each grabbed five.
Yearous had seven steals, Doetker had five blocks.
The Broncos will have a different look this year. Coach Kuhlen has started the season using 10 players consistently and subbing in groups of five every few minutes.
“We have good depth on our team. It is our greatest strength. I think this is the best way to utilize that depth,” Kuhlen said.
WP was dominant in its 79-15 win against McPherson County. While the Longhorns only had nine total players, twelve Broncos scored in the game.