Simpson overcame early turnover and miscues and found success at the rim to hold off Stanley Friday night.

Senior guard Tanner Yates scored 21 points to lead the Broncos to a win over the Panthers at Simpson High School.

"I just did what I do," Yates said. "I have to give credit to my dad. He's taught me everything I know. He's old school and taught me to press the paint and get and-ones."

Simpson (21-6) trailed 9-4 early in the first but took a 10-9 lead on a layup by Yates with 1:41 to go left in quarter. With less than a second to go in the period, Cameron Battez drained a 3-pointer to put the Broncos ahead 17-13.

"We hadn't played in a little while, and we had to adjust to team speed Stanley had," Simpson coach Jade Losavio said. "They're real fast. Once we did, things started going better.

"You try to make them throw a bad pass or get a steal. We just wanted to make them make tough passes and keep them out of the paint."

Simpson went on a 11-2 to open the second quarter to go up 28-15 and led 37-23 at halftime.

The Broncos held on to their double-digit lead throughout the first quarter and extended the deficit to 20 points with 4:45 to go in the game on a layup by Landon Hall.

Hall scored 15 points for Simpson and was a force in the paint throughout the game.

"He's the catalyst," Losavio said about Hall. "He gets the putbacks and the and-ones. He will get a big steal every now and then. He's a super hustle player. You have to sub him out because he's playing so hard."

Battez scored eight points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 19 points in the win, including hitting four 3-pointers.

"We were a little bit rusty, but in the third and fourth quarter, we had the rust knocked off," Yates said. "We really started picking it up and getting it going."

The Broncos begin their district schedule Tuesday against Pleasant Hill, and Yates says his team has some big goals.

"A district title is definitely a goal, but our main goal is getting back to state," he said. "The boys have never won a state title in basketball and that's what we're shooting for. We want to make a mark on the school and make history. That's what I want to do before I leave."