HAVILAND - The saying goes that defense wins championships. Wayne Trace showed that to be true Thursday night at Hicksville.

The Lady Raiders shut down Aces senior Addison Bergman behind a stellar defensive effort from junior Sadie Sinn, and Wayne Trace also got double digit scoring by Claire Sinn and Gracie Gudakunst in rolling past the Aces 44-25.

The victory also gives Wayne Trace at least a share of the sixth league title in school history as the Raiders improved to 18-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Wayne Trace goes for the outright conference crown on Thursday when it hosts Tinora in the regular season finale.

Wayne Trace wouldn’t be in this possession without the efforts of Sadie Sinn who, along with teammates help as well, held Bergman to four points and seven rebounds in the contest. Bergman entered the game averaging 17.1 points and 11.4 rebounds.

“Sadie played very, very well tonight,” said Wayne Trace head coach Bethany DeJarnett. “Addison (Bergman) is a very good player but our girls really did a great job of limiting her opportunities. Anytime she got the ball, Sadie was right there to make things difficult and other girls stepped up when needed as well. It was just a great effort by Sadie against a very good player.”

Wayne Trace completely shut down the Hicksville offense. The Raiders allowed only one first quarter point, a free throw by the Aces’ Harlee Shuman, and five first half points. Bergman and Micah Schroeder each had buckets for Hicksville in the second quarter. Hicksville was 2 of 11 from the field in the first half (18 percent) and committed nine turnovers.

While the Raider defense kept the Aces in check, Wayne Trace’s offense was productive as well. The Raiders hit five three-pointers in the first half, three from Gudakunst and two by Claire Sinn, as Wayne Trace took a 17-5 lead at the midway point.

“I thought the girls did a good job of being patient and getting good shots,” DeJarnett added. “We didn’t rush things or take bad shots tonight but we just took what the defense gave us.”

Hicksville would make a run in the third quarter to make things interesting. The Aces got baskets by Alexis Kerns, Micah Schroeder and Katelyn Bergman to open the third quarter and trim the deficit to 17-11 before a three-pointer from Schroeder brought the Aces within 17-14. Wayne Trace, though, responded. A three-pointer by Claire Sinn, a basket by Sadie Sinn, two Sadie Sinn free throws and a three-pointer from Gudakunst pushed the Raider lead back to 27-19 at the end of three quarters.

“They came out and got a little momentum there at the start of the third quarter,” commented the Raider head coach. “But we talked about just playing the way we did in the first half and getting back to being aggressive defensively. We were able to hit some shots on the offensive end and then fed off of our defense to create offense.”

Wayne Trace then put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring the first seven points of the period. Two Miriam Sinn free throws started the run before a pair of Claire Sinn baskets and another Miriam Sinn foul shot made it 34-19 with 6:30 remaining. After six consecutive possessions that ended in turnovers, Hicksville got on the scoreboard with a Shuman basket at the 5:43 mark to pull within 34-21 but the Raiders continued to open the game up. Wayne Trace scored 10 straight points to end any doubt over the next three minutes, including a pair of Gudakunst baskets along with a Claire Sinn and two Kaylee Shepherd foul shots to extend the lead to 44-21 with 2:25 remaining.

“We stayed focused for 32 minutes tonight,” DeJarnett added. “It was a total team effort. We played tremendous team defense and girls stepped up and made plays on the offensive end as well. I am just very proud of all of the girls for their efforts tonight.”

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity improved to 13-6 on the season with a 33-22 victory over the Aces.