Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Faith Simpson drives up court against Sutherland. Simpson scored 24 points and had 17 rebounds for Wauneta-Palisade.
Lady Broncos split games, prepare for postseason action
As the regular season winds down the Wauneta-Palisade girls’ basketball team picked up a win over Medicine Valley before losing to Sutherland and moving to 12-7 on the season.
WP won the game at MV 48-32.
Junior Faith Simpson scored 10 points in the first quarter to help WP double up on the Raiders 18-9. Monique Gooden, Reagan Skow and Simpson combined to make seven-of-eight free throws in the first quarter.
Simpson put nine more points on the board in the second quarter. With two free throws by Natalie Ramirez, WP made four-of-six from the charity stripe in the second quarter. The Broncos led 30-14 at halftime. WP Coach Matt Cox was pleased with the Broncos’ start, especially the defensive effort in holding MV to 14 first-half points.
Gooden kept WP on track in the third quarter with six points and the Broncos entered the fourth quarter with a 38-23 led.
WP made three fourth quarter field goals and continued to find success at the free throw line, making all four attempts over the final eight minutes. Overall, the Broncos made 17-of-24 free throws, which Coach Cox credited to being a large part of the win. Medicine Valley made 7-13 free throws.
Simpson scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and nine steals in the game. Gooden also finished in double figures with 11 points. Skow had five rebounds and two assists.
Saturday WP hosted Sutherland.
“We really struggled shooting the ball,” Coach Cox said. “Give Sutherland a lot of credit, their defense was tremendous. They kept our transition game in check, so that rattled us a little.”
The Sailors outscored WP each quarter and in the end, Simpson score 24 of WP’s 33 points.
Coach Cox said he thought the Broncos’ defense played well.
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