WAYNE, W.Va. — The Wayne Pioneers shot 53 percent from the field Tuesday night en route to a 63-51 victory over the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team in Wayne County.
The Pioneers (1-0) out scored the Defenders (4-2) 15-to-11 over the first eight minutes of the game. The WHS offense exploded for 22 points in the second quarter to push their total to 37. Ohio Valley Christian scored 11 points for the second consecutive quarter and trailed by 15 at halftime.
The Defenders offense struggled in after halftime, scoring just six points in the third period. Wayne was held to 14 points in the third and led 51-28 headed into the finale.
OVCS got on track in the final period, scoring 23 points while only allowing Wayne to score 12. The Pioneers survived to win their season opener 63-51.
Ohio Valley Christian was led by T.G. Miller with 18 points, followed by Chance Burleson with 12. Calbe McKitrick chipped in with eight points, Richard Bowman had six and Phil Hollingshead finished with nine. Marshall Hood and Eric Blevins each finished with one point to round out the RVHS scoring.
Wayne was led by Brett Jostice with 21 points in the contest including five three-pointers. Grant Ferguson had 17 points, Alex Elkins had 10 points, Cameron Queen finished with six points, James Egnor finished with four points, Zack Cassidy finished with two points, Chandler Fry had two and Derek Holland finished with one point to round out the Pioneer scoring.
OVCS was 19-of-42 (45.2 percent) from the field, 3-of-11 (27.2 percent) from beyond the arc and 10-of-20 (50 percent) from the charity stripe. Wayne was 26-of-49 (53.1 percent) and 6-of-10 (60 percent) from the free throw line. Miller hit one three-pointers while Hollingshead had one.
This is the only meeting between these teams this season.