HICKSVILLE - It wasn’t pretty and it was far from perfect, but the end result is still the same as Wayne Trace wrapped up an outright Green Meadows Conference championship with a 61-33 win at Hicksville in girls basketball action Thursday night.

The victory gives the Lady Raiders their fourth straight league title and eighth conference crown in school history. Wayne Trace also won four straight championships from 2008-2011.

Head coach Bethany DeJarnett was proud of her squad in battling their way to a league title, completing the regular season with a record of 18-4 overall and 7-0 in the GMC.

“The girls have worked very hard and this was one of their goals,” noted the Raider mentor. “We knew that it would be tough and the girls have a lot to be proud of.”

Thursday’s game featured a very sluggish start for both teams as a pair of Kenzie Schroeder baskets for the Aces were the only points in the game’s first four minutes.

Wayne Trace got on the scoreboard at the 3:50 mark of the opening quarter with a Miriam Sinn basket before adding three-pointers by Miriam Sinn and Katrina Stoller for an 8-4 lead.

Kennedey Villena connected on one two free throws to get Hicksville within 8-5 at the end of one quarter.

“I am very pleased with the effort from the girls tonight,” commented Aces’ head coach Josh Freese. “The girls have gotten better over the course of the year and for them to get the opportunity to play a good team like that is something we can build on.”

The Raiders opened the game up in the second quarter, outscoring Hicksville 20-9 to expand the margin to 28-14 at the intermission. Eight straight markers turned a 15-12 Raider lead into a 23-12 advantage as Wayne Trace took control.

Gracie Shepherd led Wayne Trace with eight points in the period while Miriam Sinn and Katrina Stoller added four apiece. The Raiders also got quality minutes out of Abby Moore off the bench, especially on the defensive end.

“Abby Moore came in and played very well for us,” DeJarnett noted. “She did a nice job defensively and that was a role that we really hadn’t put her in previously so I was very pleased.”

“They were able to open it up a little bit there in the second quarter but our girls have a lot to be proud of,” Freese continued. “Wayne Trace is a very good basketball team, an 18-win team, and they play very good defense.”

After a basket by Schroeder started the third quarter scoring, two buckets each by Rachel Stoller and Claire Sinn quickly expanded the Raider lead to 36-16.

A three-pointer from Miriam Sinn and another Claire Sinn basket widened the margin to 41-16 and the red, white and blue went on to post a 46-26 lead at the end of three periods.

Schroeder led all scorers in the contest with 19 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds for the Aces, who close the regular season with a record of 9-13 overall and 2-5 in the Green Meadows Conference.

Avery Slattery (five), Lindsay Bergman (three), Kennedey Villena (three), Molly Crall (two) and Izzie Smith (one) completed the Hicksville scoring.

Wayne Trace was paced by Claire Sinn, who bucketed 17 points to lead four Raiders in double digits.

Miriam Sinn added 13 markers for the Raiders while Katrina Stoller chipped in 11 and Gracie Shepherd posted ten. Rachel Stoller (four), Kenadie Daeger (two), Abby Moore (two) and Sydnee Sinn (two) also scored for Wayne Trace.

“We know that we have to keep getting better,” DeJarnett concluded. “We will work on some things as we prepare for next week’s tournament game.”

In the junior varsity game, the Lady Raiders wrapped up the season with a record of 9-13 overall and 4-3 in the league after a 49-15 win over the Aces.

Sydnee Sinn topped Wayne Trace with eight points while Hannah Maenle, Kenadie Daeger and Abby Moore chipped in six markers each.

Katie Stoller (five), Elise Miller (four), Carlee Mead (four), Kara Stoller (three), Christina Graham (three), Abbie Stoller (two) and Rylee Troth (two) also scored for the Lady Raiders.

The Lady Raiders will open tournament play on Saturday when they travel to Bryan for the 8:00 p.m. contest against either Pettisville or North Central. Hicksville opens sectional action on Tuesday as the Lady Aces take on Allen East at Bluffton in a 7:00 p.m. start.

VARSITY BOX SCORE

Wayne Trace (61) - Claire Sinn 17, Abby Moore 2, Katie Stoller 0, Miriam Sinn 13, Sydnee Sinn 2, Gracie Shepherd 10, Christina Graham 0, Katrina Stoller 11, Rachel Stoller 4, Kenadie Daeger 2.

Hicksville (33) - Avery Slattery 5, Kenzie Schroeder 19, Kennedey Villena 3, Izzie Smith 1, Lindsay Bergman 3, Molly Crall 2.

Three Point Goals - Wayne Trace (C. Sinn 1, M. Sinn 2, Katrina Stoller 1); Hicksville (Slattery 1)