BY KEVIN WANNEMACHER
Times Bulletin Business Manager
DELPHOS - Last Friday, Wayne Trace committed 24 first half turnovers and 37 overall in a loss at Ayersville in Green Meadows Conference girls basketball action.
Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, they nearly matched those numbers on Tuesday night at Delphos Jefferson High School.
Wayne Trace had 26 miscues in the opening two quarters and completed the night with 40 overall enabling the host Wildcats to cruise to a 64-43 win in non-league action.
The Raiders had 16 turnovers in the first quarter, helping Delphos Jefferson to grab a 17-4 advantage after eight minutes of action.
The Wildcats would never looked back. Delphos Jefferson scored the first five points of the second quarter to widen the margin to 22-4 and pushed the margin to 29-9 midway through the stanza on a Brooke Hesseling basket.
Wayne Trace would make a mini-run late in the half, using a pair of Erin Mohr buckets and a basket by Sylvia Young to get within 32-15 at the break.
"You can't have that many turnovers and expect to compete," noted Raider head coach Greg Davis. "We had 37 turnovers at Ayersville on Friday and then to follow up with this tonight, it just takes any chance you have to compete away."
The Lady Raiders opened the third quarter with a pair of Sylvia Young baskets to trim the deficit to 32-19 but Wayne Trace would get no closer.
Delphos Jefferson sealed the victory with a 9-0 run, highlighted by four points from Brooke Culp, to push the margin to 41-19.
"I thought we did a better job of finding the open person and making the extra pass to give us a better look," commented Wildcat head coach David Hoffman. "We do a pretty job defensively of being aggressive but I thought we were able to convert it into good scoring opportunities."
The Lady Wildcats then closed the third quarter on another 9-0 run, led by five points from Hannah Sensibaugh, to take a 53-27 lead into the final stanza.
"We didn't handle the ball as well as normal tonight but I think some of that was the style of the game too," continued Hoffman. "Overall, it was a good win and we showed some good things. We just need to build on this."
Sensibaugh paced Delphos Jefferson with 15 points while Katie Goergens added a dozen and Brooke Culp chipped in 11. Jasmine McDougall and Rileigh Stockwell chipped in seven markers each for the Wildcats, who move to 5-11.
Stockwell had seven rebounds to lead the Wildcats with Stockwell and Culp each recording seven steals. Sensibaugh picked up five steals as well.
Young topped the Raiders with ten markers with Mohr adding nine points and nine rebounds. Tanya Sinn grabbed seven boards for Wayne Trace and Brenda Feasby picked up six steals. Wayne Trace falls to 4-11 on the season.
Wayne Trace's junior varsity moved to 13-3 on the season with a 36-26 win over the Wildcats.
Brooke Wilcox had a dozen points to pace the Lady Raiders followed by Madi Poling with eight and Danielle Kortokrax with six. Kortokrax also had six boards while Wilcox recorded five steals. Poling chipped in four assists and four steals and Leah Sinn also posted four steals.
Bailey Gorman topped the Wildcats, who fall to 4-11, with a dozen points and six rebounds. Tori Black and Taylor Stroh also posted five steals each.
Both teams return to action on Thursday in Paulding County. The lady Raiders host Hicksville in a varsity only contest with a 6 p.m. start in Green Meadows Conference action. In the Northwest Conference, Delphos Jefferson travels to Paulding.