By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
SHERWOOD – Lauren Speice set a new Wayne Trace game record with 20 rebounds to lead the Wayne Trace Lady Raiders to a 62-45 win over Fairview in the Green Meadows Conference opener for both schools Friday night.
Speice also scored a game high 22 points for the Raiders, who move to 7-2 overall on the season. The senior forward picked up seven boards in the first quarter and totaled a dozen in the first half. After grabbing five more in the third quarter, Speice broke the record at the 4:05 mark of the final stanza with her ninth defensive rebound of the evening.
“Lauren played very well tonight,” noted Raider head coach Bethany Hughes. “She was very aggressive and really went to the boards hard.”
Wayne Trace out-rebounded the host Lady Apaches 52-30 on the night, getting a dozen boards by fellow senior Sylvia Young as well.
“We rebounded well as a team,” continued the Raider mentor. “I thought we got better as the game went.”
After a slow start, the red-white-and-blue put together an 11-0 run late in the first quarter to take control of the contest.
Trailing 10-4, a Speice basket ignited the run, which also included baskets from Erin Mohr and Young before ending with a Shayna Temple bucket.
Following two free throws by Fairview’s Ali Hug, Wayne Trace’s Brooke Wilcox scored just before the end of the opening quarter to put the Raiders on top 17-10 after eight minutes of action.
The Lady Apaches made a quick run to start the second stanza, pulling within 21-18 on a Kayla Bauer layup.
However, Wayne Trace answered with buckets from Mohr, Speice, Young and Wilcox in pushing the margin back to 29-22. The Raiders went on to post a 34-27 advantage at the intermission.
“Every time they made a run, we found a way to answer,” Hughes added.
Fairview got as close as 40-35 in the third quarter after a Sara Carder basket but would get no closer.
Wayne Trace responded with a three-point play and basket from Speice along with two Mohr buckets in taking a 51-40 lead into the final period.
The Raiders ended any doubt in the fourth, scoring seven straight points midway through the quarter to seal the victory.
Mohr added 14 points for the red-white-and-blue while Temple chipped in seven markers. Temple also had seven boards while dishing out four assists. Madi Poling and Brenda Feasby picked up three assists each for Wayne Trace.
“I thought we got quality minutes from everybody,” concluded Hughes. “It’s always good to start the league portion of the schedule with a win.”
Hug topped the Apaches with 11 points and Erin Marshall chipped in nine. Carder topped Fairview with seven rebounds and three assists with Hug recording three steals.
Fairview drops to 3-7 on the season.
Wayne Trace’s junior varsity moved to 7-1 on the year with a 46-32 victory over the Apaches.
Hollie Wannemacher paced the Lady Raiders with ten points and Courtney Mead chipped in eight. Brianna Sinn and Danae Myers added six points a piece.
Myers also grabbed 11 rebounds for the red-white-and-blue. Wannemacher picked up six steals with Brianna Sinn and Leah Sinn recording five steals each.
Chyanne Retcher picked up 13 points and eight boards to lead the Lady Apaches.
Wayne Trace returns to action on Monday as the Lady Raiders visit Lima Shawnee. The Raiders also take on Edon in non-league action at the ‘Palace’ on Tuesday.
Wayne Trace 17 17 17 11- 62
Fairview 12 15 13 5- 45
Wayne Trace (62) individual scoring
Mohr 14, Temple 9, Speice 22, Wilcox 5, Feasby 4, Poling 2, Young 6
Fairview (45) individual scoring
Johns 0, Gebers 4, Marshall 9, Hug 11, Robinson 0, E. Carder 2, S. Carder 8, Bauer 5, Garrigus 6