MILLER CITY - In their fourth game of the week, the Wayne Trace girls basketball team came out sluggish and got off to a very slow start Saturday afternoon at Miller City.

The Raiders trailed 11-8 after one quarter but took over from that point and outscored the host Wildcats 52-24 over the last three quarters to pull away for a 60-35 win.

The victory gives Wayne Trace its 11th consecutive victory on the season as the Raiders improve to 16-2.

“I am proud of the girls this week,” commented Raider head coach Bethany DeJarnett, who saw her squad post wins over Liberty Center, Edgerton and Ayersville previously in the week. “It has been a tough week with four games but once we got our legs a little bit today, we played well. They had to play through some adversity this week and they did that and played well.”

Miller City never trailed in the first quarter, a period which included ties at 2-2, 4-4, 6-6, and 8-8 before a late three point play by the Wildcats’ Natalie Koenig put the hosts on top 11-8 at the end of eight minutes.

But Wayne Trace started to take over in the second quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 20-9 thanks to eight points from Miriam Sinn and six more by Claire Sinn. Gracie Gudakunst also had four in the quarter, a period that saw the Raiders force seven Miller City turnovers. The Raiders seized a 28-19 halftime advantage in the contest.

“We were able to get some turnovers and take advantage of them,” noted DeJarnett. “I thought we had some girls come in off of the bench and give us quality minutes today as well.”

Wayne Trace scored the first five points of the third quarter and added six straight points later in the quarter, extending the margin to 46-28 at the end of three periods.

Balance was again the key for the Raiders in the quarter, with Kaylee Shepherd getting six points while Claire Sinn added five and Miriam Sinn bucketed four. Sadie Sinn also chipped in a three-point play.

“One nice thing about this group is that they don’t care who scores,” continued the Raider mentor. “All of the girls are capable of scoring and you never know who it is going to be on a given day.”

After Miller City opened the fourth quarter with a bucket by Adrienne Kuhlman, Wayne Trace answered with eight straight points to seal the contest.

Claire Sinn led the way for the Raiders with 15 points followed by Miriam Sinn with 14 and Shepherd chipped in ten. Sadie Sinn also added seven points while Gudakunst and Tiffany Sinn bucketed six. Gudakunst also had six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Raiders with Brooke Sinn posting four rebounds and five steals.

“It was a good week for us,” concluded DeJarnett. “We have to get back to work to get ready for Continental and Hicksville next week. But I was very pleased with how the girls played today, especially for having so many games this week.”

Koenig paced Miller City with 14 points in the contest while Alisha Hoffman and Abby Niese bucketed eight points each.

The Raider junior varsity improved to 11-6 on the season with a 42-18 victory over the Wildcats.

Wayne Trace returns to non-league action on Tuesday as the Raiders visit Continental before traveling to Hicksville in a showdown for first place in the Green Meadows Conference on Thursday.