Wayne High teams come away with wins over Arlington

The Wayne High girls pulled away late for a 66-52 win over Arlington Friday, while the boys had to wait for the final gun before claiming a 40-37 win over the Eagles in action at Wayne High School.

In the girls game, the Blue Devils rode the scoring of guards Kylie Hammer and Frankie Klausen to the win, as they scored 27 and 22 points, respectively, to lead the way.

Wayne trailed 16-5 in the opening period before closing with a 7-0 run, highlighted by a Klausen 3-pointer and a basket and two free throws by Hammer to make it 16-12 after one period.

Arlington built its lead back to eight points early in the second, but Wayne ended the half with a 9-0 run, highlighted by another Klausen triple, to give Wayne a 26-24 halftime lead that they would not relinquish.

Wayne led by as many as 12 points after a Jenna Trenhaile basket late in the third period, but Arlington fought back to get within three midway through the fourth quarter. Klausen made another 3-pointer to get Wayne’s lead back up to double digits and they were able to maintain the advantage to improve to 16-8 on the season.

Klausen hit four 3-pointers in the game and scored 22 points, finishing behind Hammer, who scored 27 in her final home game in a Blue Devil uniform. Gabi Meyer added seven points, Trenhaile had four and Jamie Gamble and Ashton Boyer each had three.

The boys game was a tight battle from start to finish as neither team led by more than six points in a tough defensive battle.

Wayne got out to an early 8-2 advantage on baskets by Ryan Jaixen and Jack Evetovich, but the Eagles came back to forge a 10-10 tie after the opening period.

Arlington’s momentum led them to a five-point lead midway through the period, but Wayne came back to take a 16-15 halftime lead on a Marcus Fertig layup late in the period.

There were five lead changes in the third period, with Fertig forging a 27-27 tie with a late basket to end the third period. Wayne scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to take the lead for good, thanks to baskets by Cody Rogers and Mason Lee and two Evetovich free throws.

Arlington would not go away, though getting to within one point before the Blue Devils broke the pressure with a full-court pass from Evetovich to Lee for the final points of the game. Arlington had two chances at a game-tying 3-pointer in the final five seconds, but both shots went begging as Wayne improved to 13-10 with the win.

Lee led a balanced attack with 13 points and Evetovich added 10. Also scoring were Fertig and Jaixen with six apiece, Shea Sweetland had three and Rogers had two.

The Wayne High girls open C1-5 subdistrict play Tuesday at Norfolk High, facing either Madison or Norfolk Catholic at 6 p.m. The Wayne boys conclude their regular season at home next Friday, hosting Pierce.

The Wayne Herald

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