Niobrara Verdigre Spoils Broncos Home Opener

Sr. Conner Paxton (#23) receives a pass in the Broncos home opener against Niobrara Verdigre.

Niobrara/Verdigre dropped two games to the Stuart Broncos a season ago.  One of them thwarted their chances of returning to the Niobrara Valley Conference Championship.  The Cougars avenged their loss against the young Broncos.  The Broncos will play a host of new faces this year as they have 6 upperclassmen to 6 underclassmen.

Hot shooting for the Cougars put them on a 7-0 run to start the game as they never gave the lead up.  Unforced errors for the Broncos hurt them as they turned the ball over 27 times and only shot a mere 2 for 15 behind the arc.  The Broncos pushed the Cougars in the second quarter as a great pass by Micah Dexter to Tate Schmaderer set up a 34 to 23 deficit at the half.

Niobrara/Verdigre is two classes higher than the Broncos and their depth proved this.  Key Cougars came off the bench for big shots as they ultimately finished off the Broncos by a score of 69 to 43.

The Broncos learned a lot this game and got the first game jitters out of the way.

Tate Schmaderer, Stuart High School

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