WHS Girls Hold Off Battle Creek, At Ponca Saturday


WAYNE – Friday night’s Wayne High girls basketball contest came down to the wire.

From the Wayne Jr/Sr High School gymnasium, the Blue Devils welcomed in Battle Creek.

The Wayne High girls held off Battle Creek, 46-42 thanks to late foul shots securing the season-opening win.

Wayne High led 12-10 after the opening quarter and added to their lead thanks to an 11-7 second. WHS led 23-17 at half. In the third quarter, the Blue Devils outscored the Bravettes, 17-14 and Battle Creek won the fourth quarter scoring, 11-6. Final again favored the Blue Devils starting their season at 1-0 with a 46-42 victory as Battle Creek fell to 0-1.

First year head coach for Wayne High, Aaron Carlson said the team fought hard.

“It’s good to see that adversity right away early in the season,” said Carlson. “Games like that are really going to matter towards the end of the year. We know we can finish them games off and it’s going to help us coming down after Christmas break and all that.”

Junior Brooklyn Kruse paced Wayne High in scoring with 19 points followed by senior Kiara Krusemark with 12 points.

Krusemark added the win felt good.

“It feels good that we came out with a lot of energy,” Krusemark added .”I think we all really worked hard for this so just to come out on top was amazing.”

“It was really exciting just because we haven’t this big win for a while so we all really celebrated because it was exciting for our program to take a step forward.”

Senior Mia Nelsen added six points, sophomore Kierah Haase tacked on three points while two point scoring came from senior Rubie Klausen (two foul shots late in the game) along with sophomores Faith Powicki and Frantzdie Barner.

Battle Creek leaders were senior Paytyn Taake with 13 points, sophomore Addisyn Taake scored nine points and junior Mya Zohner added seven points. Other scoring came from senior Lindsay Bolling and junior Reagan Brummels with four points each, senior Joslyn Hrabanek had three points and senior Lily Knull scored two points.

Next up will be the alma mater high school for coach Carlson.

“Ponca is a good team and they’re going to be state tournament team in March I’m sure,” Carlson mentioned. “They got a good coach, they got good players so we’re going to go up tomorrow and give them a battle.”

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.