WAYNE – After securing a pair of road victories Friday night, the Wayne High girls and boys basketball teams took part in their home opener Saturday.
From the Wayne Jr/Sr High gym, WHS welcomed in Ponca.
It was the Ponca girls pulling away early to secure a 53-34 win while the Blue Devil boys took control in the second half to win 49-22.
During the girls game, Ponca held a 12-9 first quarter lead before outscoring WHS 21-9 in the second to lead 33-18 at the break. The Indians also outscored Wayne 9-6 and 11-10 in the second half to win 53-34. Ponca improves to 2-0 while Wayne fell to 1-1.
Ponca had nine players score as the bench accounted for 28 of the 53 points but it was sophomore starter Samantha Ehlers who finished with nine points. Senior Tailynn Lawyer, sophomore Mattie Milligan and sophomore Graven Evans all added eight points, senior Lauryn Gill poured in seven points, sophomore Ashlyn Kingsbury tallied five points, sophomore Abbie Hrouda and sophomore Ellie McAfee both scored three points as senior Hannah Wahls had two points.
Ponca finished 9-18 from the foul line (8-16 in the first half).
Sophomore Brooklyn Kruse stole the show for Wayne with her 19 points as the next two scorers both had three points being juniors Mia Nelsen and Mikaela McManigal. Junior Kendall Dorey (left game with injury), junior Rubie Klausen, senior Emily Longe and freshman Frantzdie Barner all had two points while junior Kiara Krusemark scored a point.
WHS shot 10-20 from the foul line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final
12 21 33 9 11 53 – Ponca
9 9 18 6 10 34 – Wayne
In the boys contest, WHS held an early first quarter lead of 7-5 and added to that lead going into the break up 16-11. The Blue Devils then took control in the second half with a 17-6 third and 16-5 fourth to win 49-22. Wayne improves to 2-0 while Ponca fell to 1-1.
Junior Brandon Bartos paced Wayne in scoring with 13 points while sophomore Daniel Judd added 10 points. Senior Jacob Kneifl added six points, junior Tanner Walling and sophomore Alex Phelps both scored five points, sophomores Carter Junck and Andrew Jones both hit three’s off the bench as seniors Treyton Blecke and Nolan Hunke both scored two points.
WHS finished 2-6 from the foul line.
Senior Aden Anderson led the four Ponca scorers with nine points followed by junior Taylor Korth with eight points. Sophomore Cole Jackson tallied three points as senior Bryar Bennett tacked on two points.
Ponca shot 1-2 from the foul line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
5 6 11 6 5 22 – Ponca
7 9 16 17 16 49 – Wayne
The Wayne High girls and boys will next visit Wakefield on Tuesday, December 8 while Ponca will travel to Randolph on Thursday, December 10.