By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
ANTWERP – Erin Mohr scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the Wayne Trace Lady Raiders to a 43-35 win over Paulding County rival Antwerp at the home of the Archers Thursday night in Green Meadows Conference girls basketball action.
The Raiders also got a big effort from senior point guard Madi Poling to preserve the win as Wayne Trace moved to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Poling finished the night with only two points but recorded six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in the contest.
“I thought Madi really did a good job on the defensive end for us,” stated Raider head coach Bethany Hughes. “She was aggressive, got some big rebounds for and created some turnovers as well. Madi and Brenda (Feasby) each came up with steals for us and those two were our sparks tonight.”
Feasby chipped in seven points for the Raiders to go along with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Wayne Trace had to overcome a very shaky night taking care of the basketball, committing 32 turnovers in the contest while forcing the Archers into 24 miscues.
After one quarter, the Lady Raiders led 10-9 behind two late free throws from Shayna Temple before pushing the margin to 14-11 early in the second stanza on a Feasby basket.
Buckets from Sylvia Young, Feasby and Poling helped extend the Raider lead to 20-12 with 1:02 left in the first half.
Following a two-pointer by Antwerp’s Annie Miesle, Mohr answered for Wayne Trace with a tip-in at the first half buzzer for a 22-14 Raider advantage at the intermission.
“We were able to put together a little run there late in the first half and that was big for us,” noted Raider head coach Bethany Hughes. “It took us a while to get into the game but I thought we did a better job there in the second quarter.”
The Lady Raiders expanded the lead to as much as ten at 29-19 in the third quarter, using a Lauren Speice bucket to put the margin in double digits.
Antwerp did pull within 30-24 on an Avery Braaten basket before the Raiders answered with two Speice free throws and a Mohr bucket in grabbing a 34-24 lead entering the final stanza.
Wayne Trace widened the advantage to 36-25 on a pair of Mohr foul shots and again at 38-27 after two Young charity tosses.
The closest the Lady Archers would get again would be 40-33 on a Peyton Short bucket before the Raiders sealed the win on two Brooke Wilcox foul shots at the 57 second mark.
Speice added eight points and four rebounds for Wayne Trace while Sylvia Young recorded five points and five caroms. Shayna Temple also had three steals for the red-white-and-blue.
Antwerp senior Kaiya Jemison wrapped up her final game at the home of the Archers with a team high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and six steals.
The Lady Archers connected on only 12-of-39 shots from the field (31 percent) while Antwerp was 8-for-14 (57 percent) at the charity stripe. Wayne Trace hit 13-for-36 on the night (36 percent) and the Raiders connected on 16-of-20 foul shots (80 percent). The Lady Raiders won the battle of the boards 38-17.
Wayne Trace’s junior varsity moved to 12-5 in all games and 4-2 in the conference with a 33-25 victory over the Archers.
Courtney Mead scored 13 points to top the Raiders while also grabbing nine rebounds. Danae Myers chipped in ten points for the Lady Raiders. Stacy Flint grabbed six rebounds for Wayne Trace while also dishing out five assists. Mead and Flint also recorded three and two steals, respectively.
The Lady Raiders wrap up the regular season next week with a triple-header week. Wayne Trace hosts Crestview on Monday before visiting Lima Shawnee Tuesday. The Raiders close GMC play by hosting Edgerton on Thursday.
Score by quarters
Wayne Trace 10 12 12 9- 43
Antwerp 9 5 10 11- 35
Wayne Trace (43)
Mohr 15, Temple 4, Speice 8, Wilcox 2, Feasby 7, Poling 2, Young 5
Miller-Sweet 4, Braaten 4, Miesle 2, Recker 4, Longardner 3, Short 2, Jemison 16