WAYNE – The 24th game for the 2017 Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout saw the Wayne Holiday Tournament come to an end Saturday evening.
From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, eight teams finished first through eighth.
In the championship contests it has been since 2009 when Wayne High took on Hartington Cedar Catholic in the both the girls and boys championship game. In that year, Cedar Catholic girls won 43-28 while the HCC boys won 54-53 in overtime.
The girls contest was a rematch from the 2014 along with the 2009 title rematch. Wayne won in 2014, 44-35.
During the game, both teams scored 17 points in the opening quarter as Wayne High took a one-point halftime lead after a 10-9 second quarter. Score at the break found the Blue Devils leading 27-26. WHS then opened up the scoring column with a 24-19 third quarter and another 18-5 in the fourth to win 69-50. Wayne High improves to 9-3 on the season as Cedar Catholic falls to 7-2. The win for Wayne High found WHS winning back-to-back titles and third time since 2008.
Kylie Hammer paced three Blue Devils in double figure scoring with 22 points. Frankie Klausen followed with 18 points as Gabi Meyer tallied another 11 points.
Cedar Catholic’s leader was Jada Cattau scoring 16 points.
In the boys game, it featured a rematch from the 2011 and 2010 championship games along with 2009. Wayne High won 54-44 in 2010 as HCC won 59-48 in 2011.
From the contest, it was a high scoring first quarter which saw Wayne High lead, 20-17. HCC then won the second quarter battle, 9-7 as the Blue Devils held a 27-26 first half lead. But, it was all HCC in the second half as the Trojans won the third quarter 10-5 and 21-12 in the fourth to win 57-44. Hartington Cedar Catholic improves to 7-2 as the Blue Devils fall to 4-6. The win for HCC was their second straight, fourth title since 2008.
Hartington Cedar Catholic was led by Matthew Becker in scoring with 18 points followed by Riley Arens with another 11 points.
Mason Lee paced WHS in scoring with 13 points as Shea Sweetland tacked on 11 points. Jack Evetovich added another eight points.
Wayne High will visit Hartington Cedar Catholic on Friday, December 19.
7th place: Pender defeated Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
5th place: West Point-Beemer defeated Gordon-Rushville, 66-26
3rd place: Norfolk Catholic defeated Arlington, 47-44
1st place: Wayne High defeated Hartington Cedar Catholic, 69-50
7th place: Gordon-Rushville defeated Pender, 58-29
5th place: Norfolk Catholic defeated Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, 82-62
3rd place: West Point-Beemer defeated Arlington, 66-33
1st place: Hartington Cedar Catholic defeated Wayne, 57-44