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Haylee Sandman (25) and Destiny Beacham (35) battle two Perkins County players for a rebounds during Wauneta-Palisade’s home win over the Plainsmen Friday.
Lady Broncos, 10-4, third seed in RPAC tournament
It was a busy week for the Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team with back-to-back-to-back games. WP came out of the grueling schedule with two wins.
Can’t tame the Tigers
WP’s lone loss came Thursday evening against Dundy County-Stratton in a make up game from Dec. 21.
WP got off to a slow start offensively, with only five first quarter points. WP trailed 8-19 in the second quarter before going on a 8-0 run.
A late DCS basket made the score 16-21 at halftime. Faith Simpson scored eight of WP’s first half points, with additional field goals coming from Michaela Dukes and Monique Gooden.
The trend continued in the third quarter when Simpson scored all seven of WP’s points.
Trailing by eight points heading into the finals stanza, WP put together a run behind Simpson, who scored 13 of WP’s final 16 points.
With just over two minutes left in the game, WP trailed 35-38. The Broncos couldn’t get over the closer, however, and lost the game 39-43.
“We had our chances in the fourth quarter to take control of the game, we just couldn’t get over the hump,” WP Head Coach Matt Cox said.
WP was hindered by poor shooting from the free throw line, making 9-of-23 compared to 12-19 for DCS.
Simpson scored a game high 29 points and led WP with nine rebounds and eight steals.
Dukes scored four points and had seven rebounds.
Gooden also scored four points and had three steals.
Overall, Cox said he couldn’t be more proud of his girls’ effort.
“We still have room for improvement,” Cox said. “We gave up too many second and third chance opportunities by not being physical enough on our blocking out.”