The Wayne Bulldogs dropped both games last week, falling to ECP 51-44 and Empire 54-48.
“We just keep having self-inflicted wounds. But, I know as we keep going, we’ll get things figured out,” said head coach Jackson Embry.
Going just 5/16 from the charity stripe did not help Embry’s Bulldogs.
“We lost on free throws. We’ve had lots of work on those in practice recently.”
Jaxon Dill and Ty Kemp led all Wayne scorers with 11 points in the loss. Bradey VanSchuyver added nine.
Last Friday, Wayne fell to Empire.
“We played hard enough to win, but we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot,” Embry said.
“We had too many turnovers which put too much of a strain on our defense.”
Webster was the leading scorer with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Dill added 15 points and nine rebounds. Ty Kemp had eight points nine rebounds.
Several guys have stood out to the coach during the young season.
“Wyatt is playing well. When he’s on the floor, he splits the focus between himself and Jaxon. And Ty is scoring the ball well and has really stepped up his defense. And Bradey is playing good defense.”
The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Little Axe on Tuesday. They will be in the Binger-Oney tournament starting Thursday. They play Geary at 5:40 p.m.
The Wayne Lady Bulldogs’ offense has been sluggish through two games as they lost to ECP 40-31 and Empire 57-25.
“It’s been tough to lose Kaylee (Madden) but we’ve had some girls step up for us, offensively. Two freshmen are getting lots of in-game experience and they’re learning fast. Audra (Watts) and Taelyn (Ringwald) are playing good defense and getting used to the pace of the high school games,” head coach Embry said.
Watts was Wayne’s leading scorer in the loss to ECP with 13 points. She also had 12 rebounds.
According to Embry, free throws were a factor in their loss.
“We didn’t hit our free throws down the stretch and we seem to be timid to shoot the ball.”
Friday’s loss to Empire was much the same. Faith Brazell and Watts were the leading scorers with seven points apiece.
Addison Keeler had 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host Little Axe on Tuesday.
“They are quick and like to shoot the three. We have length on them so we’ll work to spread them out with a 2-3 zone,” Embry said.
Starting Thursday, Wayne will be in the Binger-Oney tournament. They play Binger at 7 p.m.
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