Wayne High girls lose OT heartbreaker in district final


The Wayne High girls basketball team erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, but couldn't come up with the win in overtime as they dropped a 37-34 decision to Lincoln Christian in the C1-5 distirct final Friday at Lincoln Christian High School.

The Blue Devils got off to a slow start offensively, but played solid defense throughout the night and only trailed by five, 17-12, at halftime.

The Crusaders outscored Wayne 11-6 in the third to take a 28-18 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils got a 3-pointer from Jala Krusemark and Brooklyn Kruse converted a three-point play to help pull Wayne within two with 3:08 to go at 30-28.

The score stayed that way until the closing seconds of regulation. Coming out of a time out, Krusemark found Reagan McGuire on the side, and the freshman drove to the basket and scored as time ran out to send the game into overtime.

Lincoln Christian led 35-31 when Kierah Haase buried a 3-pointer from the right corner to cut the deficit to one with 30 seconds left. Wayne had a chance to tie the game at the end of overtime, but couldn't get a shot off in time as the Crusaders hung on for the win to advance to state.

Kruse scored 17 points to lead Wayne. Haase added six points, McGuire had five, and Krusemark and Jala Krusemark both had three points.

Wayne ends their season at 16-11.