Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Reagan Skow pressures the Maywood/Hayes Center guard up court.
Lady Broncos lose in subdistrict final, hold out hope for wildcard
Though the Wauneta-Palisade Lady Broncos were knocked out of the D2-9 subdistrict by Maywood/Hayes Center Feb. 16, WP is still practicing and hoping to earn a wildcard.
Sitting at eighth in the D2 point standings, WP needs a couple things to happen.
The Broncos need a Hitchcock County (21 in the D1 point standings) win against Morrill (19) in the D1-6 subdistrict. A win by the Falcons would jump WP up in the points standings.
WP will also need the teams ahead of it to win. One wildcard will go to the loser of the the Falls City Sacred Heart (1)/Exeter-Milligan (3) loser in the D2-1 district.
Bronco officials have highlighted the Humphrey St. Francis (2)/Wynot (11) contest as an important game.
Other district finals are Ewing (4) against Riverside (14), Hyannis (5) and Creek Valley (16), Red Cloud (6) versus Axtell (17) and Maywood/Hayes Center (10) taking on Sandhills/Thedford (24). Potter-Dix (7) lost in subdistricts to Creek Valley.
All district final games will be played Friday evening.
“It is a weird situation, one I’ve never been in, but we will practice a few days this week to stay conditioned and stay sharp and see how Hitchcock county comes out on Friday,” WP Head Coach Matt Cox said.
Lose close one to MHC
WP beat MHC 46-37 Feb. 9. Faith Simpson scored 36 points in the game.
In an effort to get more players involved offensively, Cox said the Broncs installed a new offense the week before, trying to get more movement and some different scoring opportunities.
“We really tried to focus on getting the ball inside for good looks at the basket, and extra free throw opportunities as well,” Cox said.
Monique Gooden scored WP’s first five points of the game. Halfway through the first quarter WP led 6-4 following a Destiny Beacham free throw. A steal and layup by Simpson pushed the lead to 8-4, but two MHC baskets over the last 46.8 of the quarter gave the Wolves the advantage, 8-9.
WP scored on four of its first five possessions in the second quarter, including two baskets and two free throws by Beacham.
WP held a 19-13 advantage with time running out on the half, but once more MHC closed the quarter strong. WP lead 21-18 at halftime.
Simpson scored all seven of WP’s points in the third quarter, while MHC heated up and scored 11 points. WP had some chances after reaching the bonus with 3:17 left, but neither team scored over the final 3:00 minutes as the fouls added up.