O’NEILL – With one home game remaining on the mid-December schedule, the Wayne High girls and boys basketball teams closed out their final pre-holiday road basketball game Saturday.
From O’Neill Public Schools, the Blue Devils visited the Eagles during a regular season Mid State Conference showdown.
The O’Neill girls came back in the second half 33-25 while the Blue Devil boys won 55-43 against the Eagles.
During the girls game, O’Neill jumped ahead with an 11-6 first quarter while Wayne took control in the second quarter, 13-2. WHS led 19-13 at the break. The Eagles then outscored WHS 9-3 in the third and 11-3 in the fourth to win 33-25. O’Neill is off to a 5-0 start (4-0 Mid State Conference) while WHS fell to 3-4 (1-1 conference).
Sophomore Brooklyn Kruse paced Wayne High in scoring with 13 points while junior Rubie Klausen added nine points. Other scoring came from junior Mikaela McManigal with two points and freshman Kierah Haase with one point.
Wayne High shot 10-19 from the foul line.
A pair of Eagles finished with double figure scoring led by junior Lauren Young with 12 points and senior Meg Schluns with 11 points. Senior Alyssa Eichelberger added six points while junior Zelie Sorensen poured in four points.
The Eagles shot 7-16 from the foul line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
6 13 19 3 3 25 – Wayne
11 2 13 9 11 33 – O’Neill
From the boys contest, Wayne High started hot from the beginning going up 16-7 in the first and adding to their lead in the second quarter entering half up 31-20. WHS then won the third quarter scoring, 15-11 while O’Neill won the fourth quarter, 12-9. Final again favored Wayne High 55-43 who is off to a 6-1 start (2-0 Mid State) as the Eagles fell to 2-2 (1-2 Mid State).
Another eight scorers produced points for Wayne High Saturday led by junior Brandon Bartos and sophomore Daniel Judd with 12 points each. Senior Treyton Blecke and sophomore Alex Phelps each added eight points, senior Jacob Kneifl and Nolan Hunke both tallied five points, senior Colton Vovos finished with three points and sophomore Sedjro Agoumba had two points.
WHS shot 10-20 from the foul line.
Sophomore Landon Classen recorded a team-high 16 points for O’Neill. Junior Keaton Wattier added eight points, senior Peyton Matthews finished with seven points while seniors Keegan Moore and Parker Heiss both had six points.
The Eagles finished 6-11 from the foul line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
16 15 31 15 9 55 – Wayne
7 13 20 11 12 43 – O’Neill
The Wayne High girls and boys will next host another conference opponent as Guardian Angels Central Catholic comes to town on Tuesday, December 22. Join Sports Director, Aaron Scheffler on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage for the girls game to begin at 4:15 p.m. and the boys to follow.
Saturday area girls:
Pierce 40, BRLD 34
Wynot 42, Randolph 16
Pender 64, Stanton 22
Saturday area boys:
Wynot 50, Randolph 49
@ Stanton: Pender VS Stanton – Postponed