DEFIANCE - In what may have been its most impressive game of the
season, the Wayne Trace girls basketball team claimed a share of the
Green Meadows Conference championship with a 60-33 rout of host Tinora
on Thursday night.
The victory gives Wayne Trace its fifth league
championship in school history, the first in six seasons, but all of
them have come in the past 10 years. The Raiders also claimed GMC titles
in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Wayne Trace shares the conference crown
with Paulding County rival Antwerp as each school finishes 6-1 in league
play. The Archers defeated Fairview 45-27 Thursday night to clinch
their share of the league crown.
At Tinora, the Raiders dominated
from the opening tip. Wayne Trace never trailed in the contest and used a
13-0 run in the opening quarter to grab a 19-5 advantage.
Raiders got two buckets from Gracie Gudakunst along with single baskets
by Kaylee Shepherd and Danae Myers to take control. Claire Sinn added a
3-pointer and Danae Myers hit a pair of free throws as Wayne Trace
opened the game up.
“Everybody contributed tonight,” sad Raider
head coach Bethany DeJarnett. “I am very proud of the way the girls
played. They came out focused and ready to go. It was a total team
After leading 21-10 at the end of one quarter, the
Raiders continued to widen the gap in the second quarter. With the lead
at 26-17, a 12-0 run by Wayne Trace put the Raiders in complete control
with a 38-17advantage before settling on a 40-21 margin at the
intermission. It was the third time the Raiders have scored 40 points in
the first half, the first two coming against Jones Academy and
“I thought we did a nice job of seeing the floor
tonight and sharing the basketball,” DeJarnett stated as her squad
finished with a dozen assists in the contest. “We moved the basketball
and made the extra pass to the open girl.”
While Wayne Trace was
getting contributions from everybody offensively, the Raiders also
showed a much stronger defensive effort.
“Defensively, we played
very well,” said the Raider head coach. “We did a nice job of keeping
pressure on them and we didn’t give them a lot of good looks.”
any doubt remained in the game, Wayne Trace ended it in the third
quarter. The Raiders held Tinora to four points in the period while
scoring 15 in seizing a 55-25 lead at the end of three quarters.
proud of the effort tonight,” said DeJarnett. “These girls have worked
very hard and put in a lot of time towards reaching this goal. I am just
very proud of their work ethic and that they can say they are GMC
Myers led the way for the Raiders with 16 points while
grabbing 6 rebounds. Gudakunst added 13 points and dished out 3 assists
while Claire Sinn recorded a dozen points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Sinn chipped in 6 points and 3 steals followed by Kaylee Shepherd with 5
points for Wayne Trace, which wraps up regular season play with a
record of 19-3. The Raiders shot a sizzling 24 of 40 from the field (60
percent) and hit 9 of 12 foul shots (75 percent).
paced Tinora with 15 points while Kacey Wilkerson added 7 points and 9
rebounds. The Rams finished the game 9 of 45 from the field (20 percent)
and 12 of 18 at the free throw line (67 percent). Tinora did win the
battle of the boards 31-28 but also had more turnovers, 15-13.
Tinora claimed the junior varsity contest with a 44-42 win over the Raiders.
Trace returns to action on Wednesday in Division IV sectional action as
the Raiders play Kalida in the second game at Bluffton High School. The
Wildcats (11-11) concluded regular season action with a 50-24 win over
Continental on Thursday.