LIMA - A poor start. A resounding rally. Big plays back and forth all
night long. Missed free throws at crucial times. And a last second shot
for the win.
The Division III district championship between Wayne
Trace and Marion Local featured a little bit of everything Saturday
night at Lima Senior High School. Marion Local’s Nathan Bruns hit a
3-pointer from the right wing with two seconds remaining to give the
Flyers a 66-65 victory.
The win sends Marion Local into the Division III regional semifinals at Bowling Green State University.
the flip side, the loss brings to an end the stellar career of Wayne
Trace senior Ethan Linder. The University of Findlay recruit finished
with 33 points in his final game in a Raider uniform, adding 5 rebounds,
5 assists and 3 steals.
In all, 10 missed free throws proved to be too much to overcome for the Raiders, who were 6 of 16 from the foul line.
finish with three losses by a total of four points, all with shots
against us in the final seconds,” said Raider head coach Jim Linder. “We
were right there in all three of them and just couldn’t make enough
Leading 64-58, Wayne Trace had opportunities to put
the game away from the foul line but the Flyers came up with some huge
shots on the other end. A basket by Bruns and a 3-pointer from Matt
Rethman brought Marion Local within 64-63 before Linder hit one of two
foul shots to make it 65-63. Following a Flyer miss and two Raider free
throws that were off the mark, it was the Flyers who scored the final
After a Marion Local timeout, Bruns broke free through a
screen and took the pass before setting up for the 22-foot jumper that
hit nothing but net.
“It was a battle,” said Jim Linder. “Our kids
battled and battled all night and we made a lot of plays tonight. They
just made one more at the end than we did.”
Early on, the Flyers
hit five of six 3-pointers in the opening quarter in grabbing quick
leads of 10-2 and 16-5. After a 3-pointer from Tyler Prenger widened the
lead to 23-10, Wayne Trace rallied with nine straight points to end the
first quarter. Seven consecutive points by Eli Sinn cut the deficit to
23-17 and a Josh Kuhn basket off of an Ethan Linder assist pulled the
Raiders within 23-19 after eight minutes of action.
opened the second quarter with seven consecutive points, getting a
3-pointer from Brady Stabler and baskets by and Josh Kuhn to go on top
The Raiders opened their biggest lead of the first half at
42-36 midway through the period on a Linder hoop. After a Jake Kuhn
2-pointer put Wayne Trace on top 48-40, the Flyers scored nine of the
next 11 points to get within 50-49. The Raiders looked to take back
control late in the quarter as Josiah Linder connected on a 3-pointer to
give Wayne Trace a 55-51 lead entering the final eight minutes.
with Ethan Linder, six other Raider players saw their careers come to
an end in a Wayne Trace uniform. Brady Stabler, Jayden Sherry, Jon Sinn,
Blaine Jerome, Seth Yenser and Kolyn Hilkey all saw their careers close
“I am proud of the effort tonight,” said the Raider
head coach. “We just came up short against a good basketball team. Our
seniors have a lot to be proud of, winning four conference championships
as well as four sectional championships.”
WAYNE TRACE (65)
Stabler 3-6 0-2 7, Eli Sinn 4-12 1-2 9, Ethan Linder 12-19 4-6 33, Jon
Sinn 0-1 0-2 0, Jake Kuhn 4-6 1-2 9, Josh Kuhn 2-3 0-2 4, Josiah Linder
1-2 0-0 3; Totals 26-49 6-16 65
MARION LOCAL (66)
7-12 2-6 19, Collin Everman 0-4 0-0 0, Matt Kahlig 2-5 0-0 6, Ryan
Thobe 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Mescher 4-8 7-8 15, Tyler prenger 5-10 2-3 15,
Matt Rethman 3-6 0-0 9, Kyle Koenig 1-1 0-0 2; Totals 22-48 11-17 66
Wyane Trace 19 25 11 10 - 65
Marion Local 23 15 13 15 - 66
field goals: WT 7-15 (ELinder 5, JLinder, Stabler), ML 11-20 (Prenger
3, Rethman 3, Bruns 3, Kahlig 2); Rebounds: WT 23 (JaKuhn 6), ML 37
(Bruns 16); Assists: WT 12 (ELinder 5), ML 18 (Kahlig/Everman 5);
Turnovers: WT 5, ML 14