HAVILAND – Danae Myers posted a double-double and Wayne Trace opened Green Meadows Conference play with a 51-25 victory over Paulding County rival Antwerp in girls basketball action at the Palace Friday night.

The Raiders scored the first nine points of the contest and led 16-4 after one quarter in improving to 9-1 overall on the season. Myers led the way for the Raiders, finishing with her fifth double double of the season by totaling 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Wayne Trace opened the big lead behind a sizzling shooting performance as the Raiders hit 11 of 15 first half shots (73 percent).

“They shot the ball extremely well in the first half,” said Antwerp head coach Scott McMichael. “We got off to a slow start and then you couple that with the way they shot the ball, it puts you in a hole.”

Baskets by Claire Sinn and Brooke Sinn, two Gracie Gudakunst free throws and a Danae Myers three-point play allowed the Raiders to grab the 9-0 advantage. Karsyn Brumett got the Archers on the board with 2:47 left in the opening quarter but Wayne Trace answered with a Claire Sinn 3-pointer and a Brooke Sinn basket. The Raiders went on to post the 16-4 advantage after eight minutes of action.

After the first quarter, Antwerp settled down and played virtually even with the Raiders.

With leading scorer Rachel Williamson being shut out in the opening quarter, the Archer standout found her only points of the game late in the second quarter to get Antwerp within 29-16 at halftime.

“I thought we did a tremendous job on Rachel (Williamson) defensively,” noted Bethany DeJarnett, Wayne Trace head coach. “We focused on trying to take away her scoring opportunities and the girls did a very good job of that.”

Antwerp made its lone run early in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Peyton Short was followed by a basket from Hope Smith to quickly get the Archers within 29-21. However, Wayne Trace answered with a basket by Myers, a 3-point play from Claire Sinn and a trey by Gudakunst to extend the margin to 37-21. A late bucket from Ashley Miller made it 37-23 entering the final quarter.

The Raiders then wrapped up the contest by outscoring Antwerp 14-2 in the fourth quarter to set the final margin at 51-25.

Claire Sinn added a dozen points for Wayne Trace with Gudakunst chipping in seven points and three assists.

“It’s good to start out league play with a victory,” said DeJarnett. “I thought we got a lot of contributions from several girls and that is something we need to continue. We just have to keep improving each week.”

The Raiders finished the night hitting 19 of 32 shots (59 percent) while limiting the Archers to 11 of 44 from the field (25 percent).

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity also opened league play with a victory as the Raiders cruised past the Archers 46-11.

The Lady Raiders return to action on Monday when they host Lima Shawnee. Antwerp hits the court again on Tuesday as the Archers welcome in Parkway.