BY KEVIN WANNEMACHER
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HAVILAND - Lima Shawnee took advantage of its quickness and good outside shooting as the lady Indians cruised to a 79-40 win over Wayne Trace Monday night in non-league girls basketball action at the 'Palace.'
The Lady Indians posted a 24-10 advantage after eight minutes of action and never looked back in moving to 6-5 on the season. Wayne Trace falls to 3-7 with the loss.
Lima Shawnee limited the Raiders to 4 of 20 shooting in the opening stanza and forced five Wayne Trace turnovers as the Indians took control.
However, Wayne Trace did make a run in the second quarter.
With the Indians on top 31-13, two Shayna Temple free throws along with a pair of Sylvia Young buckets and an Erin Mohr basket got the Raiders within 31-21.
The red-white-and-blue trimmed the deficit to 34-25 on a Mohr bucket but Wayne Trace would get no closer.
Lima Shawnee's Rhea Magee scored baskets on the next two Indian possessions, each coming off of Raider turnovers, to put the black-and-red on top 39-25 at the intermission.
"The girls did a good job of battling back and we never quit," commented Raider head coach Greg Davis. "We got ourselves in a hole but the girls continued to play and trimmed the deficit into single digits."
Wayne Trace opened the second half with baskets from Temple and Krystal Wannemacher to quickly get within 39-29 in the third quarter.
However, it was all Indians from there.
Lima Shawnee answered by scoring 14 straight points and finished the quarter on a 27-4 run to seal the outcome with a 66-33 advantage at the end of three periods.
"We came out and made some plays early in the quarter and we were still right there early in the second half," Davis continued. "I think we were a little tired and Lima Shawnee used their quickness and hit some shots when they needed to."
Despite the loss, the Raider mentor thought that Wayne Trace continued to show improvement.
"The girls did have positives tonight and I thought we showed some good things," concluded Davis. "They are battling and the effort is there. We just need to continue to improve each night."
Britt Lauck paced the Indians with 24 points, 17 of which came in the first half. Abby Waddle added 17 and Claire Dahlke added ten for Lima Shawnee.
Taylor Grant topped Wayne Trace with seven markers while Erin Mohr, Shayna Temple, Brenda Feasby and Tanya Sinn chipped in six markers a piece. Krystal Wannemacher had nine boards for the Raiders while dishing out three assists. Mohr also had six caroms for the Raiders.
Wayne Trace's junior varsity posted a 34-33 win over the Indians to move to 8-3 on the season.