HAVILAND – In a Green Meadows Conference battle at the ‘Palace’ Thursday night, host Wayne Trace took the early lead and gradually pulled away from visiting Hicksville for a 57-31 victory.

The red, white and blue doubled up the visiting Aces 12-6 in the opening stanza before widening the gap in the second quarter.

Wayne Trace did so behind the efforts of the freshman duo of Caroline Winans and Lexi Moore, who combined to score 13 of 14 points in the period as the Lady Raiders expanded the advantage to a dozen points at the intermission.

Two Moore baskets and a Harper Myers free throw pushed the Raider lead to 17-6 before Winans bucketed the final nine red, white and blue points of the quarter, setting the halftime lead at 26-14.

Six Gracie Shepherd points opened the Raider third quarter scoring that, combined with an Abby Moore two-pointer, expanded the Wayne Trace lead to 34-14.

Hicksville put together a run of its own in cutting the deficit to 34-24, getting two-pointers from Kennedy Adams, Tori Perna and Lindsay Bergman along with a Perna three-pointer.

However, the red, white and blue got a trio of buckets from Moore and Shepherd picked up a basket as well as Wayne Trace widened the lead back to 42-24 entering the final stanza.

The Lady Raiders extended the margin to 49-26 early in the fourth quarter and cruised the rest of the way in wrapping up the 57-31 victory.

Caroline Winans topped Wayne Trace with 17 points and nine steals on the night with Lexi Moore adding 14 markers, seven rebounds and three assists. Gracie Shepherd also reached double digits with ten points while chipping in two rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Kathleen Stoller finished with six markers for the red, white and blue followed by Harper Myers (three), Abby Moore (two), Elise Miller (two), Careen Winans (two) and Torree Sinn (one).

Myers and Abby Moore both hauled in five boards for Wayne Trace while Miller dished out four assists. Myers and Abby Moore each added three assists for the Lady Raiders, who improve to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the Green Meadows Conference.

Shepherd and Careen Winans added three steals apiece as well for Wayne Trace with Myers having four.

Lindsay Bergmann had ten points and ten rebounds to lead Hicksville as the Aces fall to 1-10 overall and 0-2 in the GMC.

Tori Perna (five), Leah Seitz (five), Kennedy Adams (four), Alyssa Seitz (three), Ashlyn Steury (three) and Hayden Neidhardt (one) were the other scorers for the Lady Aces.

Neidhardt picked up five rebounds for Hicksville with Adams chipping in four boards, four assists and two steals.

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity squad was also victorious, defeating the Aces 33-19.

The Lady Raiders were led by Tianna Sinn with 13 points and Ava Zartman chipped in nine markers. Aubree Miller (four), Kathleen Stoller (four), Allison Noggle (two) and Lynsey Pease (one) also scored for Wayne Trace.

Lilly Porter topped Hicksville with seven points followed by Emily Husted (six), Evy McAlexander (four) and Ashlyn Steury (two).