DEFIANCE - Claire Sinn scored a game high 23 points and the Wayne Trace Lady Raiders opened up defense of its outright Green Meadows Conference title from a year ago with a 57-44 victory at Tinora Friday night.

Wayne Trace scored the game’s first ten points, getting a basket and three-pointer each from Claire Sinn and Miriam Sinn, to take control of the contest.

The Rams did close the deficit to 14-9 at the end of the opening quarter on a Sydney Grieser basket but the start was exactly what Raider head coach Bethany DeJarnett wanted to see.

“We got off to the start we wanted,” noted the Raider mentor. “We came out and made some defensive plays and we got good looks and hit them on the other end. It was just what we wanted to do, especially in a tough place to play on the road.”

Wayne Trace expanded the lead to 21-11 midway through the second quarter on a Claire Sinn basket and still led 26-17 late in the period after a Katrina Stoller three-pointer.

However, Tinora would rally late in the first half.

The Rams took advantage of some Wayne Trace mental mistakes, getting a three-pointer from Tristin Ackerman and two foul shots by Madison Brown to pull within 26-22 at the midway point.

“We need to become more consistent and better defensively,” DeJarnett said. “I thought we did a better job of that in the second half. We also had to play through some foul trouble so it forced some other girls to step up.”

The Lady Raiders quickly pushed the margin back to 35-25 early in the third quarter, getting a three-point play from Sadie Sinn along with a basket and trey by Claire Sinn.

After a Rachel Stoller free throw made it 36-25 in favor of the red, white and blue, Tinora trimmed the deficit to 36-30 before a Miriam Sinn three-pointer helped Wayne Trace post a 39-32 advantage entering the final period.

Leading 45-40 midway through the final period, Wayne Trace put the game away behind two Sadie Sinn free throws and a Kaylee Shepherd basket that made it 49-40.

Tinora never made a serious run after that as Wayne Trace hung on for the win and improved to 9-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.

“This is a tough place to come in here and get a win,” DeJarnett said. “I am proud of the way the girls battled and kept playing hard. It is good to start league play with a victory.”

Kaylee Shepherd chipped in 13 for Wayne Trace with Miriam Sinn adding 11 points for the Lady Raiders.

Tinora picked up 16 markers from Madison Brown to lead the way while Sydney Grieser posted nine. The Rams fall to 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Rylee Troth scored ten points in the junior varsity game to lead Wayne Trace to a 37-27 win over the Rams and improve to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.

Tiffany Sinn added eight markers for the Lady Raiders while Kenadie Daeger and Katie Stoller both bucketed seven.

Quinn Horn scored ten points to pace Tinora, which falls to 4-6 in all games and 0-1 in the conference.

Wayne Trace returns to action on Monday as the Lady Raiders host Lima Shawnee in a non-league battle. The red, white and blue then hosts Antwerp in Green Meadows Conference action on Friday.