Wayne girls win, boys fall at home Friday
Wayne High picked up another win in girls basketball action Friday with a 62-54 win over Wisner-Pilger, while the Blue Devil boys ran into a hot-shooting Gators squad and came up on the short side of a 65-40 decision at Wayne High School.
In the girls game, Wayne built an early 6-0 lead on baskets by Kylie Hammer and Gabi Meyer and a pair of Meyer free throws and never trailed in the contest. Hammer and Meyer combined for the Blue Devils’ first 14 points as they built a 17-9 lead after one period.
Wayne started to heat up from outside, as Ashton Boyer hit a pair of 3-pointers and Hammer and Frankie Klausen both hit from long range, helping Wayne build a 37-21 halftime advantage.
Wayne maintained that lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Lady Gators made things interesting, getting the deficit down into single digits on several occasions. Wayne would answer every challenge, however, and held on for the win to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Hammer scored a game-high 19 points to lead three Blue Devils in double figures, while Meyer and Boyer each added 12. Klausen hit for eight points, Jenna Trenhaile had four, Sarah Greenwald scored three and Molly Hoskins and Tori Kniesche each had two.
In the boys game, Wayne led early in the contest on a free throw and a 3-pointer by Shea Sweetland, but Wisner-Pilger caught fire early, hitting 9-of-13 shots from the field to take a 21-12 lead after one period.
The Gators’ hot shooting continued as they built their lead into double digits. Mason Lee’s late steal and basket as time expired made it a 43-23 game at intermission.
Wayne tried to shoot their way back into the game, as 3-pointers by Sweetland and Ryan Jaixen got the lead down to 17 points. Lee made a layup to make it a 48-33 game, but the Gators came right back with a 3-pointer and a late basket to get the lead back to 20 points and were not threatened after that.
Wayne, 2-4, was led by Lee with nine points and Sweetland with eight. Beau Bowers added five points, Jack Evetovich and Cody Rogers each had four, Jaixen and Tyrus Eischeid had three apiece and Marcus Fertig and Trevor DeBoer both had two.
Both Wayne teams are back in action Saturday with a home matchup against O’Neill. Games begin at 2 p.m. at Wayne High School.