Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Caid Doetker battles for a loss ball during Wauneta-Palisade’s first-round win over Maywood-Hayes Center.
Broncos leave subdistricts behind, faced Mullen in Tuesday’s district finals
It was cold with snow flurries outside the Prairie View gym Thursday when the Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team tipped off against Wallace.
The Broncos quickly heated up the gym, raining down three-pointers on the Wildcats.
After struggling offensively in its subdistrict opening win against Maywood/Hayes Center, WP left little doubt Thursday.
Juniors Duncan Rector, Dalton Harchelroad and Dennis Cavanaugh were hot from behind the arc and propelled WP to an 11-1 lead. Senior Cash Yearous got in on the action with a three of his own to keep the train rolling.
Two more baskets by Rector and a conventional three-point play by Yearous helped WP to a 21-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Broncos showed no signs of slowing down in the second quarter.
Austen Rozelle in the paint to start the quarter, then Rozelle and Yearous both gathered in offensive rebounds and scored.
The fouls began to pile up for the Broncos. With just under four minutes left in the half, WP had committed seven fouls to Wallace’s one.
Poor free throw shooting by the Wildcats allowed WP to continue to pull ahead. Cavanaugh, Harchelroad, Rozelle and Joel Maris added field goals for the Broncos. Cavanaugh hit a half-court three-pointer to end the half, but it came after the buzzer.
With a 38-17 advantage, WP continued to pull away in the third quarter thanks to baskets by Caid Doetker, Cord Lee and Harchelroad. After free throws by Yearous, WP got baskets by Rozelle and Cavanaugh before another basket by Doetker.