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Brody Nordhausen battled in the paint for 10 points against Dundy County-Stratton.

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Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications

Greg Gaston hangs in the air before sinking a basket in Friday’s game at Dundy County-Stratton.

WP falls to DCS heading into postseason play at Cambridge

The third time was not a charm for the Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team against Dundy County-Stratton.
    The Broncos looked ready to take the next step in Friday’s regular season finale in Benkelman.
    Both offenses were clicking early in the contest, hitting three pointers and scoring in the paint.
    With three minutes left in the first quarter, WP held a 9-8 lead. Four points by Greg Gaston gave WP a 13-10 edge at the end of the first quarter.
    While WP went to work from the field in the second quarter, hitting two three-pointers and two two-pointers, DCS did it’s damage from the charity stripe. The Tigers made eight of 11 attempts and narrowed the Broncos’ lead to 30-29 at halftimes.
    WP responded coming out of the locker room. Baskets by Brody Nordhausen and Gaston around free throws by Duncan Rector increased the lead to 36-29.
    Thanks to four baskets on five possessions, DCS closed the gap down the stretch of the third quarter and WP trailed 43-44 at the end of the quarter.
    Unfortunately for WP, the Broncos only managed one basket, to go with three free throws, in the fourth quarter
    DCS continued to get to the free throw line, making nine-of-13 in the fourth quarter and 23-of-36 in the game.
    WP made 10 of 17 free throws in the contest.
    Gaston and Nordhausen both finished in double figures with 20 and 10 points, respectively.
    Caid Doetker snagged a team high seven rebounds. Nordhausen and Doetker each had two blocks.
    WP coach Dave Kuhlen was, as expected, disappointed with the Broncos’s third loss to DCS.
    “I don’t think that there is any way that we should have lost to DCS in all three meetings,” Kuhlen said. “Issues in the fourth quarter have continued to be a problem, especially the last two games.

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