Demi Austin lays the ball up against the Eagles. Photo by Kathy Schick
Wayne suffered a difficult defeat at home on Tuesday night against Southeast Warren, 55-45. The loss left Head Coach Stacy Snyder optimistic but frustrated.
The Lady Falcons went into the 4th quarter leading the Eagles by 1 point. Things fell apart after that, as Snyder drew a technical foul and Southeast Warren outscored Wayne 23 to 12. Offensive inconsistency can take much of the blame, as the defense was strong again with 18 steals, led by Brennan Banks with 5 and Olivia Byrns with 4. As the season progresses, it becomes a matter of shooting drills and Snyder’s ability to pull the team together and find a rhythm. Snyder see progress in this area.
“We are playing with everyone,” Snyder said. “We have to get over the hump and play to win. We need to stay positive and focus on improving everyday—we can't settle.”
Wayne went from playing 13 players on Monday to 7-deep on Tuesday night.
Mandie Gassman led the team with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Breanna Fortune also had 7 rebounds and scored 8 points with 3 steals. Emily Bellon scored 8 points and made 2 steals. Banks scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Byrns had 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Amanda Collyar came off the bench to score 7 points, grab 3 rebounds with 3 steals.
The loss dropped the Lady Falcons to 4-4 on the season. Their next game is Friday night at East Union.