Laci McCoy of Crestview goes up for a ball against Wayne Trace on Monday night. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
Laci McCoy of Crestview goes up for a ball against Wayne Trace on Monday night. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)

HAVILAND - The girls version of the Crestview-Wayne Trace rivalry took place Monday night at the Palace with the Lady Knights posting a pair of wins over the Raiders in non-league action.

In the varsity matchup, Crestview held off a late Wayne Trace rally to take home a 43-37 win over the Lady Raiders.

Coming up big for the Lady Knights were Olivia Cunningham with 15 points, three rebounds and five steals while Laci McCoy added 11 markers and five rebounds.

“I am really proud of the girls and the effort tonight,” commented Crestview head coach Mark Gregory. “To be able to come in here and get a win over a very good basketball team, I am just so proud of the girls. They all came in and contributed, whether it be scoring, rebounding or just playing good defense. This is just a great team win for us.”

The two squads played even through two quarters as Crestview took a 9-8 lead at the end of one period before Wayne Trace rallied to tie the game at 15-15 at the intermission.

“Defensively, I was very happy with the way we played,” Gregory continued. “To be able to hold that team to 15 points in the first half, that was tremendous. I thought we did a pretty good job of limiting opportunities for Claire (Sinn) for the most part. She got some good looks but, overall, the girls did a nice job of making her work hard to get a shot.”

Wayne Trace jumped in front early in the third quarter, getting baskets by Claire Sinn, Gracie Shepherd and Sinn again for a 21-18 lead.

However, the Lady Knights answered with nine straight points to take a 27-21 advantage with 2:26 left in the period. A McCoy basket ignited the run before buckets by Cunningham and McCoy helped put Crestview on top.

“They played very good defense and we weren’t able to convert scoring opportunities at key times,” noted Raider head coach Bethany DeJarnett. “We saw some areas that we need to get better at and we will get back to work on them.”

A trey by Katie Stoller pulled the Raiders within 27-24 before Cunningham answered with a triple to put the Knights back on top 30-24.

Sinn closed the third quarter scoring with a basket for Wayne Trace as the Raiders trimmed the deficit to 30-26 entering the final period.

The Knights took control of the game early in the fourth quarter, getting two key baskets from Raegan Hammons along with a McCoy bucket for a 36-26 lead. Hammons finished the contest with six points, all in the second half, and three rebounds.

“Raegan came in and gave us some quality minutes,” Gregory continued. “All of the girls were into the game and if they weren’t on the floor, they were cheering their teammates on. I am just so proud of the effort this team gave tonight.”

Wayne Trace got a three-pointer from Claire Sinn to temporarily cut the deficit to 36-29 but a McCoy three-point play pushed the Knight lead right back to 39-29.

The Raiders, though, would make one more run.

A straight-away, off glass three-pointer by Rachel Stoller followed by a Gracie Shepherd basket trimmed the Wayne Trace deficit to 39-34 with 2:31 left in the contest.

Just over a minute later, a trey from Katrina Stoller brought the Raiders 39-37 at the 1:18 mark but that would be the end of the scoring for Wayne Trace.

Crestview then sealed the contest at the free throw line, getting a pair of foul shots each from Bailey Gregory and Lexi Gregory in the final minute. The Lady Knights ended the evening 11 of 13 as a team at the foul line.

“That is a great stat for us,” concluded the Knight head coach. “The girls really did a nice job of getting to the line and then converting opportunities.”

Kylie Etzler bucketed five markers for Crestview while Bailey Gregory chipped in four and Lexi Gregory had two. Bailey and Lexi Gregory each dished out a pair of assists and Lexi Gregory also topped Crestview with eight rebounds.

In her final home game, Claire Sinn posted 15 points for Wayne Trace while also leading the Lady Raiders on the boards with eight. Miriam Sinn also took part in her final home game of her career, finishing the night with two points, six assists and two rebounds.

Gracie Shepherd chipped in eight markers and five boards with Katie Stoller, Christina Graham, Katrina Stoller and Rachel Stoller all posting three points. Rachel Stoller also had eight rebounds for Wayne Trace with Katrina Stoller adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Katie Stoller picked up three boards for the Lady Raiders.

The Knight junior varsity was also victorious as Crestview pulled away in the second half to post a 32-19 win over the Raiders.

After one quarter, the two squads were tied at 4-4 before Wayne Trace posted a 12-10 advantage at the half. However, Crestview answered by outscoring the Raiders 11-1 in the third quarter in seizing a 21-13 margin entering the final period.

Lexi Dull topped all scorers by posting a double-double, totaling 11 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals.

Emily Greulach added seven markers, five rebounds, two assists and two steals while Liv Dirr and Adalynn Longstreth both scored four points. Mandy Macki, Macy Kulwicki and Micaela Lugabihl also bucketed two markers apiece.

Longstreth also grabbed seven boards for the Knights.

Abby Moore topped Wayne Trace with eight points while Rylee Troth and Katie Stoller both bucketed four markers. Kenadie Daeger chipped in two points and Christina Graham posted one marker while grabbing six rebounds.

Both schools will wrap up the regular season on Thursday in conference play on the road.

Crestview returns to Paulding County as the Lady Knights battle host Paulding in Northwest Conference play.

Wayne Trace heads to Defiance County to take on Hicksville as the Lady Raiders look to wrap up the outright Green Meadows Conference championship.

VARSITY BOX SCORE

Crestview (43) - Kaylee Wolford 0, Bailey Gregory 4, Kylie Etzler 5, Lexi Gregory 2, Laci McCoy 11, Aleigh Chesbro 0, Raegan Hammons 6, Olivia Cunningham 15, Totals 14-41 11-13 43.

Wayne Trace (37) - Claire Sinn 15, Katie Stoller 3, Miriam Stoller 2, Gracie Shepherd 8, Christina Graham 3, Katrina Stoller 3, Rachel Stoller 3, Totals 16-49 0-1 37.

Three Point Field Goals - Crestview 4-13 (Etzler 1, Cunningham 3), Wayne Trace 5-21 (C. Sinn 1, Katie Stoller 1, Graham 1, Katrina Stoller 1, R. Stoller 1)

Rebounds - Crestview 23 (L. Gregory 8, McCoy 5), Wayne Trace 33 (R. Stoller 8, C. Sinn 8)

Turnovers - Crestview 9, Wayne Trace 13

Assists - Crestview 7 (B. Gregory 2, L. Gregory 2), Wayne Trace 10 (M. Sinn 6, Katrina Stoller 2)

Steals - Crestview 10 (Cunningham 5), Wayne Trace 6 (Katrina Stoller 2)

Score by Quarters:

Crestview 9 6 15 13 = 43

Wayne Trace 8 7 11 11 = 37

JUNIOR VARSITY BOX SCORE

Crestview (32) - Macy Kulwicki 2, Emily Greulach 7, Lexi Dull 11, Mandy Macki 2, Lauren Walls 0, Liv Dirr 4, Kylee Reno 0, Adalynn Longstreth 4, Micaela Lugabihl 2, Totals 10-35 11-20 32.

Wayne Trace (19) - Rylee Troth 4, Abby Moore 8, Katie Stoller 4, Sydnee Sinn 0, Elise Miller 0, Christina Graham 1, Carlee Mead 0, Kara Stoller 0, Kenadie Daeger 2, Abbie Stoller 0, Hannah Maenle 0, Totals 4-29 11-16 19.

Three Point Field Goals - Crestview 1-7 (Greulach 1), Wayne Trace 0-4

Rebounds - Crestview 32 (Dull 10, Longstreth 7), Wayne Trace 27 (Graham 6, Sinn 4, Katie Stoller 4)

Turnovers - Crestview 8, Wayne Trace 14

Assists - Crestview 7 (Dull 3), Wayne Trace 4

Steals - Crestview 9 (Greulach 2, Dull 2, Macki 2), Wayne Trace 5 (Kara Stoller 3)

Score by Quarters:

Crestview 4 6 11 11 = 32

Wayne Trace 4 8 1 6 = 19