The Wayne Lady Bulldogs, behind Jordynn Debaets’ 32 points, got a 61-49 win over a “scrappy” Geary team on Saturday to nab the Consolation championship.
Debaets was 5-6 behind the arc and ran the floor well, according to head coach Bill Burnett.
Senior Kaylee Madden added 12 points and Faith Brazell had seven.
Down 15-13 through one quarter, Wayne outscored Geary the final three quarters to pull out the 12-point win.
Madden, who had 45 points through three tournament games, was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lady Bulldogs started their tournament with a 54-46 loss to Ninnekah.
“We missed too many opportunities and that was our downfall. They hit everything they threw up and we had no answer for that,” Burnett said.
Madden and Brazell were in double figures in the Ninnekah loss. Madden had 20 while Brazell had 11.
After the loss, Wayne got a 43-17 win over Fletcher.
“We played good defense against Fletcher. I’m proud of our girls for holding them to just two second-half points,” Burnett said.
Seven Lady Bulldogs scored in the win led by Madden’s 13. Debaets added eight, Addison Keeler had seven and Brazell had six.
Last Tuesday, Wayne got a lopsided 51-18 win over Putnam Heights.
Brazell led the team with 16 points.
“Faith has been getting quality minutes for us. She’s leading the team in rebounds and averaging double figures.”
Along with Brazell, Madden, Debaets and Madi Sharp are also averaging double figures for Wayne.
The Lady Bulldogs have a 5-3 record and will play Class B Earlsboro tonight (Thursday).
The Wayne Bulldogs kicked off the Binger-Oney tournament with a 62-42 win over Geary.
“We came out shooting well and we played defense as good as we could for two and a half quarters,” head coach Jackson Embry said.
Senior Kaleb Madden and sophomore Jaxon Dill were in double figures in the win. Madden singed the nets for 28 while Dill added 16.
Junior Wyatt Webster and senior Taylen Bryant got in a little foul trouble, but that gave some of the younger guys on the team to pick up some good in-game minutes.
“Ashton (Norton) and Kyler (Cantrell) got more minutes and more confidence going into the break,” Embry said.
That win set up a game with Mountain View-Gotebo, a tough Class B opponent. The Bulldogs fell to the Tigers 40-34 in double overtime.
“We just didn’t shoot well, but we played some good defense. They were beat out in the semis last year and they brought back the majority of their roster.”
According to Embry, Dill and Madden were both well below their average.
“Our shots weren’t falling. But, that was the most complete game we’ve played defensively,” Embry said.
Madden had 10 points in the loss and Webster added seven.Taylen Bryant had six.
The Bulldogs’ dropped their final game of the tournament, a 56-48 loss to Union City.
“We played well the first three quarters ... we were able to break their trap and we were hitting shots.”
The Bulldogs, down 13-9 after the first quarter, put togher a 15-2 run to tie it up 26-26 at halftime.
They added 15 in the third to hold a three point, 41-38 lead.
But, the Tigers went to a 1-2-2 press and shut down the Bulldogs.
“When they changed their press they shut us down. We looked like an inexperienced team,” Embry said.
Union City outscored Wayne 18-7 in the final stanza to get the win.
“Our last eight out of nine quarters have been really good for us. We’ve played good basketball. But when you play ranked opponents they make you pay for your mistakes and missing free throws.”
Embry made special mention of junior Bradey Vanschuyver.
“Bradey has really stepped up his role on defense. He’s tenacious and has worked hard to improve his defense.”
Madden, who scored 52 points through three tournament games, was named to the All-Tournament team.
Last Tuesday, Wayne put together a 20-point, 76-56 win over Putnam Heights Academy.
“We shot well last week. Taylen had a good game and Kaleb was in double digits and had eight rebounds and six assists.
“Jaxon had a career-high 21 points. I was glad to see our scoring spread around,” Embry said.
The Panthers jumped out to a 21-16 lead after one quarter of play, but Wayne’s defense shut them down for the next three quarters.
The Bulldogs are 4-4 on the season and will host Earlsboro tonight (Thursday).
“We’ve beat ourselves in several of these game. I feel like if we can play defense like we have over the last week, we’ll be dangerous when we get to the playoffs,” Embry said.
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