By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
CONTINENTAL — On a night that didn’t have many positives for the Wayne Trace girls basketball team, senior Lauren Speice provided the bright spot by breaking the single-season rebounding record at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter in a 60-53 Raider loss at Continental.
Speice now has 231 rebounds on the season. The old record was held by Angie (Hall) Speice, Lauren’s mom, with 222 during the 1986-1987 season.
The rest of the night, though, was a struggle from start to finish for Wayne Trace.
Continental used a 9-3 run to close the first quarter, turning a two-point advantage into a 17-9 lead after eight minutes of action.
With the Pirates in front 19-11 early in the second stanza, the Raiders made their only run of the contest.
A bucket and two free throws from Shayna Temple followed by baskets by Sylvia Young and Speice knotted the contest at 19-19 at the 3:58 mark of the second quarter.
However, the hosts answered by scoring 12 of the next 18 points to take a 31-25 advantage. Erica Fitzwater scored a pair of buckets for Continental in the stretch with Paige Ordway and Paige Kindilien adding a basket each.
“We made a run there in the second quarter but then we gave it right back,” noted Raider head coach Bethany Hughes. “For whatever reason, we just did not play well tonight. We didn’t have the intensity that we need to have and defensively we weren’t very good at all.”
Two late free throws by Speice got the Raiders within 31-27 at the intermission, but Continental led by as much as nine in the third quarter before settling on a 46-42 lead entering the final stanza.
The Pirates maintained the lead in the fourth quarter as well, with Wayne Trace getting within 47-44 on a Madi Poling bucket before the Putnam County squad pulled away late to seal the win.
Shayna Temple topped Wayne Trace, which falls to 12-6, with 14 points on the night. Speice chipped in a dozen points and finished with 11 boards.
“Lauren is a hard worker and does a good job of going to the boards for us,” Hughes added. “This was a goal of hers this season.”
Erin Mohr posted nine points with Sylvia Young adding eight and Poling recording seven. Mohr picked up seven rebounds for Wayne Trace while Brenda Feasby and Young grabbed six. Wayne Trace out-rebounded the Pirates 40-27 on the night.
Score by quarters
Wayne Trace 9 18 15 11- 53
Continental 17 14 15 14- 60
Wayne Trace (53)
Mohr 9, Temple 14, Speice 12, Wilcox 1, Feasby 2, Poling 7, Young 8
Geckle 2, Fitzwater 12, Scott 5, Quigley 4, Zachrich 14, Ordway 9, Kindilien 12, Zachrich 2