Sports Writer

HAVILAND - After a first half that was a struggle for both teams, host Wayne Trace dominated the third quarter and pulled away for a 39-23 win over county rival Antwerp Friday night at the Palace.

Wayne Trace head coach Bethany DeJarnett challenged her squad at the break to turn up the heat defensively after the Raiders held a slim 18-13 advantage at the break.

The Lady Raiders did just that and seized control of the contest by outscoring the Archers 13-2 in the third quarter to move to 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Green Meadows Conference.

“We felt like Antwerp controlled the tempo in the first half and we needed to change that in the third quarter,” stated DeJarnett. “We challenged the girls to be more aggressive and to put more pressure on them and I thought we did a much better job of that in the second half.”

Archer head coach Scott McMichael also knew that the first four minutes would be crucial for his squad.

“One of the things we talked about in the locker room was taking care of the basketball and have a good four minute stretch to start the second half,” noted the Archer mentor. “We didn’t do that but you have to give Wayne Trace credit as well.”

Wayne Trace scored the first five points of the third quarter, getting a basket from Claire Sinn and two free throws by Kaylee Shepherd in that spurt that put the Raiders on top 23-13.

After a pair of foul shots by Antwerp freshman Asti Coppes, Wayne Trace closed the third quarter with eight straight points to grab a 31-15 lead entering the final quarter.

Shepherd had a pair of baskets in that run with Tiffany Sinn and Katrina Stoller posting a bucket each to put the Raiders in control.

Wayne Trace’s defensive effort was the difference as the Raiders forced the Archers into nine turnovers in the third quarter. Antwerp also missed all five shots from the field in the period.

“They started to wear us down a little bit there in the third quarter,” added McMichael. “It is an area that we need to learn to play through and keep battling.”

The Raiders then put an end to any doubt going into the fourth quarter, picking up baskets from Claire Sinn and Sadie Sinn to push the lead to 35-15. Wayne Trace cruised the rest of the way in posting the 39-23 victory.

Claire Sinn scored 14 points while grabbing four rebounds and posting four steals to lead the Lady Raiders. Kaylee Shepherd added 10 markers and two boards with Katrina Stoller recording six points, five steals and two rebounds.

Sadie Sinn also had five points, four boards and three steals for Wayne Trace. Tiffany Sinn and Miriam Sinn both scored two points. Miriam Sinn also finished the night with five assists and seven steals.

Heather Oberlin had eight points, five boards and two rebounds for Antwerp, which fell to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Asti Coppes recorded seven points and eight rebounds with Chelsea Johanns posting four points and two steals. Karsyn Brumett had three points and two assists for the blue-and-white and Kennadi Recker pitched in one point.

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity improved to 8-1 in all games and 2-0 in the league with a 29-15 win over the Archers.

Katie Stoller had 10 points, four rebounds and five steals to lead the way for the Lady Raiders. Kenadie Daeger chipped in six points and seven boards with Rachel Stoller posting four points.

Katrina Stoller added three points, four rebounds and two assists for Wayne Trace. Christina Graham had seven rebounds, three steals and two markers and Tiffany Sinn recording two points, four rebounds and two assists. Rylee Troth had two points as well.

Kennadi Recker topped Antwerp, which fell to 6-4, with five points and four rebounds. Allison Reinhart and Laura Miller chipped in four markers each while Miller also finished with four rebounds and two steals. Leslie Pollock recorded two points and four rebounds.