Wayne basketball teams finish fifth in conference
The Wayne High basketball teams both came from behind Saturday to finish with wins and place fifth in the Mid State Conference basketball tournament at Northeast Community College.
In the girls game, the Blue Devils trailed early, but built a 10-point second-half advantage and held off several rallies to get past O’Neill, 64-56.
The Blue Devils trailed by as many as seven in the early going, but got a basket and a 3-pointer by Gabi Meyer to take their first lead of the game at 20-18 early in the second period.
Wayne never trailed after that, building a seven-point lead on a 3-pointer by Ashton Boyer on their way to a 31-25 halftime edge. They made it 35-25 early in the third on scores by Meyer and Kylie Hammer, but O’Neill went on a 9-0 run to get the lead back down to one at 35-34 midway through the third.
Boyer ended the run with a 3-pointer and Annie Kniesche and Meyer added baskets to get the lead back to eight at 42-34. O’Neill never got closer than four points the rest of the way as the Blue Devils improved to 15-8 with the win.
Hammer had a game-high 20 points, Meyer added 19 and Boyer put in 11 for the winners. Frankie Klausen added eight points, Kniesche had four and Jamie Gamble scored two. Jenna Trenhaile had six rebounds and Gamble and Molly Hoskins both had five. Hammer had five assists and Hoskins had three steals.
In the boys game, Wayne came back from a double-digit deficit to defeat Hartington Cedar Catholic 61-49 and improve to 12-10 on the season.
Cedar Catholic jumped on Wayne early, scoring the first six points of the game and leading by as many as 10 at 26-16 midway through the second quarter.
Wayne chipped away at the early deficit, getting within five at 28-23 after Shea Sweetland hit all his free throws after being fouled on a 3-point atttempt.
Wayne trailed 32-25 at the half, but came out strong in the second half, using a 3-pointer by Beau Bowers and free throws by fellow seniors Mason Lee and Jack Evetovich to get within one at 34-33.
After Cedar Catholic scored to make it 36-33, Evetvoich tied the game with a 3-pointer and Cody Rogers followed with two free throws to make it a 38-36 game and Wayne never trailed after that.
Sweetland opened the fourth with a 3-pointer to make it a 44-39 game, and Wayne used a 7-2 run to get the lead up to 10 points at 51-41 on two Ryan Jaixen charity tosses. Cedar Catholic never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Sweetland led the way with 19 points and Evetovich added 15 for the Blue Devils. Jaixen put in eight points, Lee had seven, Bowers and Marcus Fertig both had four and Rogers and Tyler Gilliland each had two.
Lee led the rebounding effort with 11 and Evetovich added seven. Sweetland had three assists.
Both teams are back in action Friday with a home matchup against Arlington.