CONVOY - Paige Motycka scored 23 first half points and finished with 26 for the game to lead the Crestview Knights to a 60-47 win over visiting Wayne Trace Monday night in non-league girls basketball action at Ray Etzler Gymnasium.
Motycka scored all the points Crestview needed in the first half as she outscored Wayne Trace 23-19 by herself and paced the Knights to a 38-19 advantage at the break.
The Knights also took advantage of 13 Raider turnovers in the first two quarters, overcoming a slow start that saw Wayne Trace score the first five points before Crestview took control.
“We got off to a little bit of a slow start ourselves,” noted Knight head coach Mark Gregory. “But we were able to get some turnovers and turn them into points defensively. Offensively, did a nice job of moving the basketball and getting it to the open girl for a good look.”
After Wayne Trace jumped in front 5-0, Crestview answered with nine straight points to go on top 9-5. The Knights would never trail again.
The Raiders closed within 13-11 after two Kaylee Shepherd baskets but Crestview responded with baskets by Avery McCoy and Motycka as the Knights held a 19-13 lead at the end of eight minutes of action.
Quarter number two belonged to Motycka as the Knight junior scored 13 points in the period and grabbed five rebounds. Crestview outscored Wayne Trace 19-6 in the quarter to extend the lead to 38-19 at the break.
“She played very well tonight,” Gregory continued. “She hit shots for us and she rebounded as well.”
While the Knights were scoring seemingly at will, Wayne Trace was unable to get a basket as the Raiders suffered through a seven minute scoreless streak before a Miriam Sinn free throw kept Wayne Trace within 29-14.
Following a three-pointer by Lexi Gregory, baskets from Miriam Sinn and Brooke Sinn cut the Raider deficit to 32-19.
However, consecutive three-pointers by Motycka and Lyvia Black widened the Crestview lead to 38-19 at the intermission.
“We struggled again tonight shooting the basketball,” stated Raider head coach Bethany DeJarnett. “We were slow moving the basketball and we weren’t as aggressive as we need to be.”
Wayne Trace again cut into the lead in the third quarter when a Danae Myers three-point play sliced the Knight lead to 40-29 at the 4:28 mark.
Crestview, though, closed the quarter with seven straight points that was capped by an Ashley Dealey basket to make it 47-29 heading into the final period.
“We had some girls hit some big shots tonight,” continued Gregory. “It was a good team win and one that we needed. These girls bounced back from a tough loss last week and that is a trait that we have shown this season.”
The Raiders would close to within nine points in the final period, getting within 48-39 on a three-pointer by Gracie Gudakunst and a Claire Sinn basket.
Crestview, though, would answer in a big way when Avery McCoy connected on a huge three-pointer to push the margin back to 51-39 and the Knights cruised from there.
“This is a good win for us,” Gregory noted. “This is a win we can build on going into tournament.”
Motycka posted a double-double as the Knight junior added 11 rebounds to go along with her 26 points.
Black chipped in 15 points and five steals while Gregory recorded a dozen points and four assists for the Knights, who improve to 12-9 on the season.
Claire Sinn topped Wayne Trace with 13 points and five rebounds while Danae Myers chipped in a dozen points and a dozen rebounds. Kaylee Shepherd also added seven points and eight boards for Wayne Trace, which falls to 18-3. Gudakunst also recorded six points and five boards.
Crestview’s junior varsity posted a 43-40 win over the Raiders as Lauryn Black scored 14 points and Lizzie Bowen chipped in nine points.
The Knights took control of the contest in the third quarter when they outscored Wayne Trace 9-2 to take a 34-29 advantage into the final period.
Chelsea Sinn bucketed 11 points for Wayne Trace and Sadie Sinn added six.
Crestview closes out the season on Thursday when the Knights host Allen East in Northwest Conference action while Wayne Trace travels to Tinora that same evening in Green Meadows Conference play.