Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Natalie Ramirez cuts to the land during Wauneta-Palisade’s season-opening win over Wallace.
Lady Broncos open season with double-digit wins
The season has gotten off on the right foot for the Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team. WP picked up wins over Wallace and McPherson County last week to start the season.
WP dominated the short-handed Wildcats in Thursday’s contest, not allowing a basket in the first five minutes of the game.
“We started off the season with a lot of defensive focus,” said WP Head Coach Matt Cox. “We got into a little four trouble early, but our depth on the bench really helped with that.”
While the Broncos made eight field goals in the first quarter, WP only made four in the second quarter to go with 6-12 from the charity stripe.
Defense was the name of the game for WP in the third quarter. The Broncos gave up one free throw to the Wildcats. Six points from Faith Simpson and five by Reagan Skow pushed the WP lead to 50-11 at the end of the third quarter.
With the clock running throughout much of the second half all 11 Bronco players saw action during the 58-15 win.
Overall, Cox saw several positives in the win.
“I liked our tempo, we got out and got some good looks in transition and rebounded extremely well,” Cox said. “It was a great start to the season, but we had a lot of unforced turnovers and missed a ton of layups, so we’ve got a lot of room for improvement.”
Simpson led the Broncos with 17 points and 12 steals to go with seven rebounds and six assists.
Monique Gooden totaled 16 points and three steals.
Destiny Beacham also finished in double figures with 13 points.
Dakota Ingold had a team high nine rebounds.
The Broncos traveled to McPherson County in Tryon the next day.