By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HICKSVILLE — Wayne Trace used a 15-4 run in the first quarter to open a quick lead and the Lady Raiders never looked back in posting a 54-36 win at Hicksville Thursday night in Green Meadows Conference action.
With the victory, the red-white-and-blue moved to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in the league while the Aces drop to 5-12 in all games and 3-1 in the conference.
Sophomore Erin Mohr led a balanced Raider attack with ten points and six boards while sophomore Shayna Temple, senior Brenda Feasby and senior Sylvia Young chipped in seven points each.
“We were able to get a lot of girls to contribute tonight, offensively,” noted Raider head coach Bethany Hughes. “We played well in spurts, so we have to do a better job of being consistent.”
The Raiders turned a 2-2 tie into a 17-8 lead after one quarter, as Lauren Speice led the Raiders with six points and five boards in the opening stanza. Five different Raiders found the scoring column in the period as Feasby chipped in four points while Madi Poling connected on a three-point field goal.
After a three-pointer by Hicksville’s Sam Sell opened the second quarter scoring, Wayne Trace responded with ten straight points. Buckets by Feasby, Temple and Young helped the Raiders push the lead to 27-11.
“We put a run together in the second quarter that gave us a little bit of a lead,” Hughes added. “But we have to continue to work on playing a full 32 minutes.”
Hicksville answered by scoring the next eight points, capped by a trey from Chelsey Taylor, to trim its deficit to 27-19. However, the Raiders added a Brooke Wilcox basket and single free throws from Mohr and Feasby to post a 31-19 halftime advantage.
The Raiders then put the game away early in the third quarter, scoring eight of the first ten points in the period to widen the advantage to 39-21.
“It was important to come out in the second half and continue to be the aggressor, and I thought we did that,” commented the Raider mentor.
The Lady Raiders led 42-26 entering the final period and by as much as 46-26 in the fourth quarter. Hicksville did slice the deficit to 51-36 on a Taylor three-pointer before Danae Myers hit one of two free throws and Estie Sinn added two charity tosses to set the final margin at 54-36.
“It’s an important win on the road in the league,” Hughes noted. “We’ve got a tough league game with Tinora on Thursday to prepare for now. We need to work hard in practice and get better this week.”
Wayne Trace out-rebounded the Aces 46-41, led by a dozen from Speice and seven each by Temple and Young. Feasby dished out six assists with two steals while Poling chipped in four assists and four steals. Mohr also had three assists and four steals for the Lady Raiders.
Hicksville freshman point guard Chelsey Taylor scored 13 points while picking up nine rebounds and five steals. Alexa Monroe chipped in 11 points and five boards. Avery Demland also grabbed six rebounds with Sell and Rachel Schroeder recording five rebounds each.
Wayne Trace’s junior varsity moved to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the league with a 47-31 win over the Lady Aces.
Myers had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders with Stacy Flint adding nine points. Courtney Mead also chipped in eight points for the Raiders.
Abby Shock posted ten points for the Lady Aces while Natalie Briskey chipped in five points. Hicksville falls to 6-11 in all games and 1-3 in the conference.
Wayne Trace returns to action on Thursday as the Lady Raiders host Tinora in Green Meadows Conference play. Hicksville hosts Montpelier in non-league play on Tuesday.
Score by quarters
Wayne Trace 17 14 11 12- 54
Hicksville 8 11 7 10- 36
Wayne Trace (54)
Flint 0, Mohr 10, Temple 9, Speice 7, Wilcox 2, Feasby 9, Myers 1, Poling 5, Young 9, E. Sinn 2
Monroe 11, Hablawetz 2, Demland 1, Sell 7, Taylor 13, Schroeder 2, Shock 0, Peter 0, Berenyi 0, Siebenaler 0