Tabor scores 11 as Wayne earns state tourney ticket
For Wayne’s girls basketball team, it’s why they’re going back to the state basketball tournament.
The Lady Pioneers pulled away from scrappy Logan, 42-33, in a Class AA, Region IV co-final to claim their second consecutive state appearance Wednesday night in front of a near capacity crowd at Pioneer Gym.
“Our shooting wasn’t good but we found a way to win,” Wayne coach Wade Williamson said. “Nobody will remember that part. They’ll remember that we won and that we’re playing in Charleston next week.”
Freshman Jasmine Tabor led Wayne with 11 points, while Lakyn Adkins, Whitney Sansom and Sara Hooks each scored 10.
Logan (15-10) jumped out to a 7-2 lead after a three pointer by Kaileah Williams. But the Lady Wildcats then went the next 11 minutes without scoring.
Wayne fared little better, ending the first quarter on an 8-2 run, but still found the score tied at 14 at half.
“I told our girls at half, Logan felt really good to be tied and we were a bit down,” Williamson said. “I told them we are starting from scratch, keep shooting the ball and good things will happen.”
What didn’t happen was many makes. Wayne was 0 for 20 from 3-point range. The Lady Pioneers also missed the front end of four 1-and-1 opportunities at the foul line.
Meanwhile, Wayne kept plugging away, scoring on several second-chance opportunities, including a stickback by Adkins, who had 13 rebounds for the third straight game.
Wayne limited Logan star freshman Peyton Ilderton to just 7 points.
Raegan Quick led the Lady Wildcats with 8 points.
The Lady Pioneers (22-3) are the third seed and will play sixth-seeded Sissonville on March 7 at 9:30 a.m.
“We’ve been up there two years in a row and played someone from our conference,” Williamson said after learning the draw. “We’ll just enjoy this for a day or so and see what happens moving forward.”
LOGAN 7 7 6 13 - 33: Quick 8, Ilderton 7, Welch 5, Williams 5, Cottle 4, Tothe 2, Perry 2.
WAYNE 10 4 10 18 - 42: Jasmine Tabor 11, Whitney Sansom 10, Lakyn Adkins 10, Sara Hooks 10, Wallace 1.