VAN WERT — Kalida had their season come to an end on Thursday night when they fell to the Lady Raiders 35-24. Claire Sinn had a team high 15 points for Wayne Trace and Kaylee Shepherd added 11 to punch their ticket to the District Finals on Saturday.

The Raiders opened the game on a 5-2 run. Tiffany Sinn nailed a three during the scoring streak and helped push Wayne Trace to a 9-4 lead after the first quarter. Grace Klausing hit a layup as time ran out to give Kalida their second bucket of the period.

Lauren Langhals hit a paint of jumpers to start the second quarter for the Wildcats but the Lady Raiders bounced back with a triple by Claire Sinn extend their lead to 14-8. Kaylee Shepherd converted on a three-point play with :05 remaining in the half to give Wayne Trace an 18-13 lead at the break.

A shot by Abby Wurth cut the Raiders lead down to five with 6:50 left in the third quarter. Wurth finished with a double-double, 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Defense was key in the third as Kalida was held to just four-points in the quarter. An inside basket by Claire Sinn gave Wayne Trace a 26-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The game remained scoreless through the first 4:00 of the fourth. Wurth hit a pair of free throws to cut the Raiders lead down to five, but that was as close as they would get to Wayne Trace. Katrina Stoller helped push the Lady Raiders to a double-digit lead late in the game by going 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

Excellent free throw shooting by Wayne Trace allowed them to hold on for a 35-24 victory in the District Semifinals over the Lady Wildcats.

The Raiders will play Ottoville on Saturday in Van Wert for the District Title.

Wayne Trace 35

Claire Sinn 5-10 4-6 15, Kaylee Shepherd 5-8 1-1 11, Katrina Stoller 1-6 2-3 4, Sadie Sinn 0-1 2-2 2, Tiffany Sinn 1-3 0-0 2, Rachel Stoller 0-1 1-2 1, Miriam Sinn 0-7 0-1 0, Total 12-37 10-15 35

Kalida 24

Abby Wurth 3-7 4-4 10, Grace Klausing 3-8 0-0 6, Lauren Langhals 2-8 0-1 4, Brenna Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Halie Kaufman 0-1 1-2 1, McKayla Maag 0-4 1-2 1, Carlie Rampe 0-1 0-0 0, 9-31 6-9 24

Score by Quarter

Wayne Trace 9 9 8 9 - 35

Kalida 4 9 4 7 - 24