WAYNE – Following a 1-0 start to the Blue Devil girls basketball season, the Wayne High boys were next up Friday night.
Fans from Wayne, Battle Creek and surrounding towns packed into Wayne Jr/Sr High for a northeast Nebraska boys varsity showdown.
Wayne High jumped ahead with a 21-7 opening quarter before outscoring the Braves, 20-6 in the second. WHS led 41-13 at the break. The Braves used a 17-16 third quarter and 14-12 fourth but it was Wayne High who starts the season 1-0 with the 69-44 victory.
Head coach Rob Sweetland for Wayne High said he told the team they’re going to start charting deflections.
“We’ve been working really hard on gap defense and getting a hand out and anticipating,” said Sweetland. “I don’t even think we got beat back door once. So, if we can do that it’s going to make it hard for other teams to run their stuff and maybe getting them into some places where they’re uncomfortable.”
Wayne High was led in scoring by senior Tanner Walling with 16 points. He said the win felt good and talked about his buzzer-beater shot in the first quarter.
“I think our guys are really excited to play and just had fun going out there and started off really strong,” said Walling. “Well I thought I was going to be able hit the guy cutting to the hoop but then there was one second left and I just kind of just threw it up and it went in.”
Junior Daniel Judd followed with 14 points as senior Cameron Weaselhead added 11 points. Other scoring came from junior Alex Phelps and freshman Colson Nelsen with eight points each, senior Brandon Bartos poured in seven points, junior Carter Junck tacked on three points as junior Sedjro Agoumba had two points.
Bartos mentioned the atmosphere from the fans was amazing.
“We knew that we might have a packed gym and we love the support from our fans like this and it means so much when they come out and support us,” Bartos mentioned. “I’m most excited to just play with the team. They always come out with great energy and hopefully we can get a lot of crowd there too, fans helps a lot too.”
Battle Creek was led in scoring by senior Hunter Oestreich with 18 points while senior Brock West added nine points. Senior Tait Heimes recorded six points, senior Baron Buckendahl had five points, senior Roger Mieure scored four points and junior Caleb Brauer finished with two points.
The Wayne High girls and boys are right back in action as they visit Ponca on Saturday, December 4. Join Blake Hilkemeier on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame show coverage set for 5 p.m.