Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications

The Broncos press gave Elwood fits in Wauneta-Palisade’s subdistrict opening game. Pictured applying pressure are Duncan Rector (32), Cash Yearous (middle) and Caid Doetker (back).

Broncos forge ahead in subdistricts; take district title

The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team blew threw the competition last week to advance to Tuesday’s district final against Wilcox-Hildreth (15-10) in Bartley.

First-round win
    WP was on fire Feb. 21 in Cambridge.
    The Broncos quickly opened up a 9-0 lead then increased it to 20-4 before finishing the first quarter leading 23-11.
    Cash Yearous speared the Broncos offense from behind the three-point arc, hitting five treys in the first quarter.
    WP extended its lead to 39-14 and led 54-27 at half time.
    Twenty-three points in the third quarter finished off the Pirates and three WP starters didn’t see the floor in the fourth quarter.
    Yearous finished the night with 30 points in three quarters, including hitting six-of-nine from behind the arc, to lead four Broncos in double figures.
    Duncan Rector scored 13 points, Greg Gaston 12 points and Brody Nordhausen 10.
    Gaston rounded out a double-double with 10 assists.
    Nordhausen led the Broncs with nine rebounds. Yearous and Dalton Harchelroad had six and five rebounds, respectively. Rector grabbed five steals and Nordhausen four.
    WP was 6-18 from the free throw line.

Take down Wallace
    Rather than return to Cambridge for the subdistrict final, school officials for WP and Wallace elected to play in Hayes Center due to the weather.
    Like the Elwood game, WP got off to a good start.
    “We were able to get off to real good starts during both subdistrict games and that allowed us to win both games comfortably,” said WP Coach Dave Kuhlen.
    Gaston and Nordhausen paced the Broncos in the first quarter, combining for 14 of WP’s 21 points. The Broncos’ offense cooled in the second quarter when Gaston scored five of the Broncos’ eight points in the quarter allowing Wallace to close a 21-10 margin to 29-24.
    The Broncos offense kicked back into gear in the third quarter thanks to two three-pointers each from Gaston and Yearous.
    Over the final eight minutes WP made only one field goal, but went 7-11 from the free throw line to seal the 57-44 win.
    Gaston’s 23 points led the Broncos. Yearous and Nordhausen each finished with double-double.

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