Girls handle O'Neill, boys fall to Eagles
The Wayne High girls won their third straight game while the boys tumbled for the second straight night in matchups with O’Neill Saturday at Wayne High School.
In girls action, the Blue Devils moved to 5-2 with a 70-62 win over the Lady Eagles.
The game was close throughout the first half, and O’Neill held a 26-23 lead before Wayne closed the half with a trio of trifectas — one by Frankie Klausen and the last two by Ashton Boyer, to give Wayne a 32-28 halftime advantage.
Wayne continued to shoot well from the outside and had another three-point barrage, with Kylie Hammer knocking down a pair and Klausen adding another to make it a 43-32 game midway through the third quarter.
O’Neill would not go away quietly, however, knocking the lead back down to three points early in the fourth quarter and taking a 56-55 lead midway through the final period before Hammer scored on a driving layup to give Wayne the lead for good at 57-56. Free throws by Klausen and Boyer got the lead back up to five and Wayne hit free throws down the stretch to hold off the visitors.
Hammer finished with a game-high 24 points to lead three Blue Devils in double figures. Klausen added 18 points and Boyer hit four 3-pointers to finish with 16 points. Molly Hoskins added five points, Gabi Meyer had three and Jamie Gamble and Sarah Greenwald both had two.
In the boys game, O’Neill pulled away in the second half and dropped the Blue Devil boys to 2-5 on the season with a 68-45 triumph.
Wayne got off to an early lead in the first, using a Shea Sweetland layup and a 3-pointer by Mason Lee to take an early 5-2 lead before O’Neill came back to tie the game and eventually take an 11-8 first-quarter advantage.
Lee scored the first basket of the second quarter to get Wayne within one at 11-10, but that’s as close as the Eagles would let the home team get the rest of the night as the Blue Devils struggled offensively. O’Neill led by 10 midway through the period, but two Jack Evetovich free throws and a basket and 3-pointer by Sweetland put Wayne down six at the break, 24-18.
O’Neill pulled away in the second half, using three consecutive 3-pointers to turn an eight-point lead into a 17-point cushion and Wayne couldn’t get closer than 13 points after that.
Sweetland paced the Blue Devils with 13 points, Marcus Fertig added 10, Lee had nine, Tyrus Eischeid scored six, Evetovich had three and Beau Bowers and Ryan Jaixen each had two.
The Wayne girls play Guardian Angels Central Catholic at home Monday evening, while the boys are off until the Northeast Nebraska Shootout on Dec. 28-30 at Wayne State College.