Wayne Trace's Gracie Gudakunst (20) dribbles the ball down the court to go for a basket. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
Wayne Trace's Gracie Gudakunst (20) dribbles the ball down the court to go for a basket. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)

HAVILAND – After a hard fought loss at Ottoville on Tuesday, the Wayne Trace girls basketball team rebounded by rolling past Indiana rival Woodlan 58-34 Thursday evening at the ‘Palace.’

Wayne Trace jumped in front by scoring the first ten points of the game and opened an early 17-3 advantage to take control from the start.

The Raiders went on to post a 21-9 lead after eight minutes of action.

“We got off to a great start,” commented Raider head coach Bethany DeJarnett. “The girls came out focused and did a nice job of getting good shots early on. We haven’t played much against a 2-3 zone so it was good to see that we made good decisions against it.”

One of the key attributes for the Raiders was Wayne Trace’s ability to make the extra pass and share the basketball. The Raiders recorded seven assists in the first quarter alone and finished the night with 18 assists as a team.

“The girls passed the ball very well tonight,” DeJarnett added. “I thought we made the extra pass to get the best shot and found the open girl.”

The two teams played virtually even in the second quarter as the Raiders added ten points while Woodlan picked up nine.

Wayne Trace went on to take a 31-18 lead at the break, thanks in part to 18 Warrior turnovers in the first two quarters.

If there was any doubt in the contest entering the third quarter, the Raiders ended it early in the second half.

Wayne Trace opened the third quarter with eight straight points, getting baskets by Kaylee Shepherd, Claire Sinn and Sadie Sinn along with two Gracie Gudakunst foul shots for a 39-18 advantage.

The Raiders led by as much as 48-25 in the third quarter following a Brooke Sinn three-pointer before a late basket by Woodlan’s Taya Kitzmiller made it 48-27 Raiders entering the final period.

“I was very pleased with the effort tonight,” DeJarnett said of her Raider squad. “We have had a very busy stretch here with five games in ten days and played pretty well during the stretch.”

Claire Sinn led all scorers with 19 points for the Raiders while Kaylee Shepherd chipped in 13 and Sadie Sinn bucketed a dozen points and grabbed six rebounds.

Kitzmiller led the way for the Warriors with a dozen points while Hanna Albertson added ten points. Addison Bayman chipped in nine for Woodlan, which falls to 6-9 on the season.

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity improved its record to 4-4 with a 39-26 win over the Warriors.

Tiffany Sinn led the way for the Raiders with 13 points with Katrina Stoller chipping in a dozen.

The Raiders are off until Jan. 5 when they visit Antwerp to open Green Meadows conference action.