RICHFIELD -- The defending state 1-A champion St. Joseph Jayhawks opened up a tight game with a strong second half to defeat Wayne 51-35 in the opening game of the state tournament on Wednesday at the Sevier Valley Center.
St. Joseph (19-0) outscored Wayne 26-12 after the break. Liz Tomon led the way with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Katie Panushka also played well, scoring seven points, with seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Rebekah Rasmussen led Wayne with 17 points.
St. Joseph will now play Milford, a 55-46 winner over Green River, at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Sevier Valley Center.