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.

The 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 effort.”

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 Continental.

“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.”

If 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.

“Very 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 champions.”

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.

Miriam 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).

Gina Norden 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.

Wayne 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.