Gallopin' good time: Broncos run past Raiders

Friday, February 2, 2018
Senior Natalie Rameriz (left) not only kept the basketball away from Medicine Valley Raiders; she also swiped eight steals to help lead Wauneta-Palisade’s home victory Thursday night in Wauneta. The Broncos are now 13-6 this season.
Diane Stamm/Wauneta Breeze

WAUNETA, Neb. — Something showing up on the game faces of Wauneta-Palisade made coach Matt Cox feel even better Thursday evening.

“I didn’t do a lot of coaching,” Cox first confessed. “It was just very enjoyable to see them (the Broncos) being unselfish and playing with smiles on their faces.”

Who could grimace about 19-9 through one quarter, 39-19 at halftime or 45-25 after three periods?

The Broncos (13-6 record) were both balanced and consistent throughout a 61-29 victory over visiting Medicine Valley.

Senior Destiny Beacham scored 16 points to go with the usual super 22 from classmate Faith Simpson.

Guard Natalie Rameriz — another senior — netted five points but really made a defensive impact by stealing the basketball eight times.

Never losing control was senior Reegan Skow, who grabbed a game-high nine rebounds besides five points and two assists.

“I was really happy my seniors could have fun together and really play well as a group tonight,” Cox observed.

In contrast, 5’11” freshman Acelyn Klein’s eight paced the 4-13 Raiders attack.

Seniors Rachel Lashley and Hope Stone added six points apiece.

Stone (seven) and senior Mari Farr (six) also led Raider rebounders while junior Sydney Veldhuizen secured another six.

The visitors just couldn’t overcome 28 turnovers and 22 percent shooting from two-point range.

The rumbling Bronco defense featured Simpson swiping five more steals.

“I thought we started out very focused,” Cox observed. “We had good ball movement up the floor in transition and that led to easy baskets.”

The Broncos are 6-1 in home games this season, but play three of their next four away starting at 10-6 Sutherland tonight.

Coach Derek Bantam’s Raiders return home to play 6-10 Bertrand tonight in Curtis. Opening tip time is 6 p.m.

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