HAVILAND – Monday night games are always a question mark as high school athletes get out of their normal routines and come back from the weekend with a game to start the school week.
That was the case at the Palace Monday night as Wayne Trace scored only four first quarter points in trailing visiting Lima Shawnee 13-4 after eight minutes of action.
However, sophomore Kaylee Shepherd scored nine of her game high 21 points in the second quarter to ignite the Raiders in rallying for a 64-51 victory over the Indians.
The victory gives Wayne Trace a 10-1 record at the halfway point of the regular season, thanks in part to a youthful effort against Lima Shawnee.
Four of the seven scorers for the Raiders were freshman or sophomores against the Indians, combining for 41 of the 64 points as well. It was an effort that Raider head coach Bethany DeJarnett has come to expect from her squad.
“One thing all year has been we have different girls step up each game and make plays,” commented the Raider head coach. “That was the case again tonight. Kaylee really played well for us over the last three quarters and Sadie (Sinn) came in and gave us some good minutes as well.”
Freshmen Claire Sinn and Miriam Sinn also provided some quality minutes for Wayne Trace.
“Claire made some big plays for us there in the fourth quarter,” continued DeJarnett. “Miriam came in and was able to give Gracie a break and she did a nice job as well. That will only make us better as a team.”
The first quarter was a disaster for Wayne Trace, as the Raiders committed ten turnovers in the stanza while Lima Shawnee made enough plays to grab the lead.
Allie Boone and Alissa Stahler each hit three-pointers for the Indians in the quarter to help give Lima Shawnee a 13-4 lead after eight minutes of action.
Wayne Trace, though, would answer in the second quarter.
The Raiders opened the stanza with seven straight points, highlighted by a three-point play and a basket coming from Shepherd to get Wayne Trace within 13-11.
With Lima Shawnee on top 19-15, two Brooke Sinn foul shots and a Claire Sinn basket off of a Miriam Sinn assist knotted the score at 19-19 with 3:13 left in the half.
Wayne Trace actually took the lead briefly at 24-22 on a Brooke Sinn basket but Lima Shawnee quickly responded.
The Indians picked up two steals and baskets from Laken George just before the half ended to post a 28-27 lead at the break.
“We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball,” DeJarnett added.
The two squads battled back and forth in a third quarter that saw four ties before a late offensive rebound and basket by Shepherd put Wayne Trace on top 39-37 entering the final stanza.
Wayne Trace then put the game away early in the fourth quarter with a 10-3 run that extended the lead to 49-40. Shepherd and Claire Sinn each had four points in the run while Sadie Sinn had the other two points.
The Indians did close within 49-43 on a Stahler three-pointer but that would be as close as Lima Shawnee would get.
With Lima Shawnee forced to foul, the Raiders then iced the win at the free throw line by hitting 15 of 16 fourth quarter free throws.
“The girls did a great job of making free throws,” DeJarnett noted. “We had five different step up and make foul shots there in the fourth quarter so that was nice to see.”
Besides Shepherd’s 21 points, the sophomore also added six rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Claire Sinn chipped in 13 points, three assists and four steals while Danae Myers posted a dozen points and seven boards. Gracie Gudakunst also grabbed six rebounds to go along with two assists and three steals. Miriam Sinn added four rebounds and three assists with Sadie Sinn picking up six points, four rebounds and two steals.
Stahler led the way for the Indians with 20 points while Boone chipped in 18 points. Stahler also added seven rebounds, three assists and four steals for Lima Shawnee, which falls to 5-7.
Wayne Trace’s junior varsity improved to 9-1 on the season with a 39-20 win over the Indians.
The Raiders led 14-4 after one quarter and expanded the margin to 21-6 at the intermission. Wayne Trace led 37-12 entering the final period.
Chelsea Sinn and Sara Edwards topped the Raiders efforts with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Ellie Stoller chipped in eight points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Wayne Trace returns to action on Friday as the Raiders visit Green Meadows Conference rival Edgerton.