Jace Vining of Wayne Trace and Kaden Short of Crestview square up on Saturday night in Convoy. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
Jace Vining of Wayne Trace and Kaden Short of Crestview square up on Saturday night in Convoy. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)

CONVOY - Reid Miller scored a game high 17 points and Jace Vining added ten as the Wayne Trace Raiders went into Ray Etzler Gymnasium and went home with a 47-32 victory over Crestview in the annual boys basketball rivalry matchup Saturday night.

Miller got the Raiders off to a good start with an eight-point first quarter as Wayne Trace opened a 14-8 lead at the end of one period. Vining also scored four markers in the period as that good start was key according to Wayne Trace head coach Jim Linder.

“A good start is always big, especially on the road in a tough place to play, and we were fortunate to do that tonight,” noted Linder following the victory. “You know coming in here that it is going to be a physical game and a tight game but I thought our guys did a good job fighting through that tonight.”

Miller’s 17 points was a season high total for the 5-10 senior guard, who also led the Raiders with eight rebounds and three steals in the contest. He also drew the primary task of defending Crestview 6-8 junior Kalen Etzler, limiting the Ohio State bound junior to ten points and only three in the second half.

“He played extremely well tonight,” added the Raider mentor. “He was just all over the floor for us both offensively and defensively and just had an outstanding game.”

After opening the 14-8 first quarter lead, the Raiders gradually widened the margin in the second quarter.

Two Cale Crosby free throws and a Miller basket extended the advantage to 18-8 before a pair of free throws by Etzler got the Knights within 18-10.

With the Wayne Trace lead at 23-13, a trey and two foul shots by Vining just before the half pushed Raider margin to 28-13 at the midway point. The Raiders were a perfect six of six at the foul line in the first half.

“Jace hit some big shots for us tonight, especially in the first half,” stated Linder. “Free throws are always big in games like this and I was very pleased with the way we shot at the line.”

Crestview put together a mini-run to open the second half, getting a Kaden Short basket and an Etzler three-point play to quickly close the gap to 28-18.

After Carson Kreischer bucket brought the Knights within 29-20, Wayne Trace responded with a pair of Nathan Gerber free throws followed by an Alex Reinhart bucket that pushed the advantage back to 33-20.

“Different kids came up with big plays at different times for us tonight,” continued the Raider head coach.

A Kreischer bucket for Crestview was answered by two Trevor Speice foul shots for Wayne Trace as the visitors posted a 35-22 lead at the end of three periods.

The Knights did get within nine early in the final period, using back-to-back Kreischer buckets to close the gap to 35-26.

Wayne Trace, though, wasn’t to be denied as the Raiders picked up a pair of Cameron Sinn free throws followed by a Gerber basket to push the lead back to 39-26.

Crestview would not get the deficit into single digits again with Wayne Trace sealing the road win by hitting eight of ten foul shots in the final stanza.

Cameron Sinn added six points and four rebounds for the Raiders with Gerber posting five markers, four boards and a pair of steals.

“This is a good win for us is a very hard place to come in and win,” Linder concluded. “I am really proud of this team and this is something to build on as we go into tournament.”

Kreischer topped the Knights with a dozen points while hauling down five boards. Kalen Etzler grabbed a dozen rebounds and Gavin Etzler posted three steals for Crestview, which falls to 9-11 on the season.

The Knights were 0-12 in the contest from three-point range and committed 25 turnovers. Crestview did win the battle of the boards, 31-25. Wayne Trace had only ten miscues in the contest in improving to 15-5 on the season.

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity ran its winning streak to 19 games by cruising past the Knights 56-34.

Trevor Sinn led the way for the Raiders with 19 markers and Grayson McClure added 14 for the red, white and blue, which improves to 19-1 on the season. Wayne Trace’s lone loss was a 34-32 decision at Columbus Grove in the season opener.

Landyn Whitman and Garrett Williamson also chipped in seven points for the Raiders with Cameron Graham posting five. Race Price and Ethan Noggle also had a basket each for Wayne Trace.

Graham also finished with 11 rebounds, three assists and five steals for the red, white and blue while Sinn and Whitman grabbed four boards apiece. Noggle picked up three steals as well for the Raiders.

Carson Hunter paced Crestview with 11 points and six rebounds while Nathan Lichtle added eight markers. Dmitry Lichtensteiger chipped in seven points and five boards for the Knights.

Rontae Jackson (three), Mason Speith (three) and Ayden Lichtensteiger (two) also scored for Crestview.

Wayne Trace returns to Green Meadows Conference action on Friday as the Raiders host Hicksville. It will be the final home game of the season for seniors Reid Miller, Nathan Gerber, Cale Crosby, Jace Vining, Alex Reinhart and Nathan Crosby.

Crestview will resume Northwest Conference play Friday night as the Knights welcome in Paulding.

VARSITY BOX SCORE

Wayne Trace (47) - Cameron Sinn 6, Reid Miller 17, Trevor Speice 2, Nathan Gerber 5, Cale Crosby 2, Jace Vining 10, Alex Reinhart 5, Totals 12-40 19-22 47.

Crestview (32) - Kalen Etzler 10, Kaden Short 2, Gavin Etzler 0, Dmitry Lichtensteiger 0, Carson Hunter 0, Brody Brecht 0, Michael Joseph 0, Carson Kreischer 12, J.J. Ward 4, Nathan Lichtle 2, Isaiah LaTurner 0, Totals 14-39 4-7 32.

Three Point Field Goals - Wayne Trace 4-12 (Miller 2, Vining 1, Reinhart 1), Crestview 0-12

Rebounds - Wayne Trace 25 (Miller 8, Reinhart 5, C. Sinn 4), Crestview 31 (K. Etzler 12, Kreischer 5)

Turnovers - Wayne Trace 10, Crestview 25

Assists - Wayne Trace 2 (Speice 2), Crestview 6

Steals - Wayne Trace 12 (Miller 3, Vining 2, Reinhart 2, Gerber 2), Crestview 7 (G. Etzler 3)

Score by Quarters:

Wayne Trace 14 14 7 12 = 47

Crestview 8 5 9 10 = 32

JUNIOR VARSITY BOX SCORE

Wayne Trace (56) - Tyler Davis 0, Garrett Williamson 7, Allen Minck 0, Ethan Noggle 2, Trevor Sinn 19, Race Price 2, Ryan Rupp 0, Grayson McClure 14, Cameron Graham 5, Nate Sinn 0, Landyn Whitman 7, Joe Munger 0, Totals 18-46 10-16 56.

Crestview (34) - Rontae Jackson 3, Dmitry Lichtensteiger 7, Hayden Tomlinson 0, Nathan Lichtle 8, Kaden Bourelle Kreischer 0, Carson Hunter 11, Mason Speith 3, Ayden Lichtensteiger 2, Ethan Best 0, Nasir Easterling 0, Totals 9-33 9-11 34.

Three Point Field Goals - Wayne Trace 10-21 (Williamson 2, T. Sinn 5, McClure 3); Crestview 7-19 (D. Lichtensteiger 2, Lichtle 2, Hunter 3)

Rebounds - Wayne Trace 31 (Graham 11, T. Sinn 4, Whitman 4), Crestview 23 (Hunter 6, D. Lichtensteiger 5)

Turnovers - Wayne Trace 9, Crestview 18

Assists - Wayne Trace 11 (Graham 3, Price 2), Crestview 2

Steals - Wayne Trace 14 (Graham 5, Noggle 3), Crestview 4 (D. Lichtensteiger 2)

Score by Quarters:

Wayne Trace 18 17 16 5 = 56

Crestview 11 13 5 5 = 34