By KEVIN WANNEMACHER

Sports Writer

DEFIANCE - Wayne Trace started defense of its Green Meadows Conference championship in style Friday night northeast of Defiance as the Lady Raiders pulled away from host Tinora for a 57-44 victory.

Claire Sinn scored 23 points for the red-white-and-blue as Wayne Trace improved to 9-1 overall and 1-0 in the league. Sinn also added eight rebounds and two steals for the Lady Raiders.

Wayne Trace scored the game’s first 10 points, getting a basket and 3-pointer each from Claire Sinn and Miriam Sinn, to take control of the contest.

The Rams did close the deficit to 14-9 at the end of the opening quarter on a Sydney Grieser basket but the start was exactly what Raider head coach Bethany DeJarnett wanted to see.

“We got off to the start we wanted,” noted the Raider mentor. “We came out and made some defensive plays and we got good looks and hit them on the other end. It was just what we wanted to do, especially in a tough place to play on the road.”

Wayne Trace expanded the lead to 21-11 midway through the second quarter on a Claire Sinn basket and still led 26-17 late in the period after a Katrina Stoller 3-pointer.

However, Tinora would rally late in the first half.

The Rams took advantage of some Wayne Trace mental mistakes, getting a 3-pointer from Tristin Ackerman and two foul shots by Madison Brown to pull within 26-22 at the midway point.

“We need to become more consistent and better defensively,” DeJarnett noted. “I thought we did a better job of that in the second half. We also had to play through some foul trouble so it forced some other girls to step up.”

The Lady Raiders quickly pushed the margin back to 35-25 early in the third quarter, getting a 3-point play from Sadie Sinn along with a basket and trey by Claire Sinn.

After a Rachel Stoller free throw made it 36-25 in favor of the red-white-and-blue, Tinora trimmed the deficit to 36-30 before a Miriam Sinn 3-pointer helped Wayne Trace post a 39-32 advantage entering the final period.

Leading 45-40 midway through the final period, Wayne Trace put the game away behind two Sadie Sinn free throws and a Kaylee Shepherd basket that made it 49-40.

Tinora never made a serious run after that as Wayne Trace hung on for the win and improved to 9-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.

“This is a tough place to come in here and get a win,” DeJarnett added. “I am proud of the way the girls battled and kept playing hard. It is good to start league play with a victory.”

Kaylee Shepherd chipped in 13 markers for the Lady Raiders while adding five rebounds and three assists. Miriam Sinn tickled the twine for 11 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Sadie Sinn finished with five points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals and Katrina Stoller recorded four markers, four rebounds and two assists. Rachel Stoller picked up one point as well for Wayne Trace.

Tinora picked up 16 markers from Madison Brown to lead the way while Sydney Grieser posted nine. The Rams fall to 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Rylee Troth scored 10 points and added three rebounds and five steals to lead the Wayne Trace junior varsity to a 37-27 win over the Rams.

Tiffany Sinn posted eight points, four rebounds and three steals for the Lady Raiders while Kenadie Daeger and Katie Stoller recorded seven markers apiece.

Daeger also finished with five rebounds and two steals with Stoller contributing four boards and three assists.