By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HOLGATE — The Holgate Lady Tigers came into the 2013-2014 girls basketball season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Green Meadows Conference championship.
The purple-and-gold showed why on Friday night.
Holgate forced Wayne Trace into 33 turnovers and completely dominated the Lady Raiders in a 77-37 victory.
The Lady Tigers move to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference with a key game against fellow league unbeaten Ayersville (9-2, 2-0) in Henry County on January 23.
Holgate jumped in front quickly, scoring nine of the first 11 points in the game, but Wayne Trace appeared to work its way back into the contest.
A Sylvia Young basket and two Madi Poling free throws trimmed the Raider deficit to 9-6 but it was all Tigers from there.
The Lady Tigers closed the opening stanza by scoring seven of the final eight points in grabbing a 16-7 advantage after eight minutes of action.
Holgate put up 26 more points in the second quarter, led by ten points from Rachel Desgranges, in grabbing a commanding 42-18 lead at the intermission. Mattie Grim added seven points in the decisive second quarter with Marissa Myles chipping in six.
The hosts also took advantage of ten Wayne Trace turnovers in the second quarter and 18 in the first half to grab control of the game. Holgate connected on 17-of-23 field goal attempts (74 percent) in the opening two quarters, many of which came within point-blank range.
In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers continued to open the game up, outscoring visiting Wayne Trace 23-8 to post a 65-26 advantage entering the final stanza.
Myles and Desgranges each had 17 points for the Lady Tigers with Grim chipping in 16. Sarah Niese added nine points and ten rebounds for Holgate, which finished 30-of-52 from the field (58 percent).
Myles and Jillian Clady both posted five steals with Myles also dishing out four assists.
Erin Mohr and Lauren Speice recorded eight points apiece to top Wayne Trace, which falls to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the league. Shayna Temple and Brenda Feasby both posted six points for the Lady Raiders.
Speice also picked up ten rebounds to lead the red-white-and-blue with Mohr grabbing six.
Wayne Trace was 13-of-41 from the field (32 percent) and the Raiders outrebounded the Tigers 29-27 on the night.
Holgate also won the junior varsity game 38-34 behind 15 points from Emma Willett and nine by Gabbi Willett. Gabbi Willett picked up nine boards for the Tigers and Emma Willett had six. Gabbi Willett also recorded six steals.
Stacy Flint paced Wayne Trace with 11 points followed by Hollie Wannemacher with nine and Leah Sinn with eight. Danae Myers picked up eight rebounds while Flint grabbed six. Sinn recorded four assists as well for the Lady Raiders.
Wayne Trace’s junior varsity falls to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
The Lady Raiders return to action on Saturday as Wayne Trace hosts Edon in a non-league game starting at 1:00 p.m.
Score by quarters
Wayne Trace 7 11 8 11- 37
Holgate 16 26 23 12- 77
Wayne Trace (37) indivdual scoring
Flint 0, Mohr 8, Temple 6, Speice 8, Wilcox 0, Poling 3, E. Sinn 0, Feasby 6, Young 3, L. Sinn 3
Holgate (77) individual scoring
Abel 5, Myles 17, Willett 2, Grim 16, Clady 6, Niese 9, Kelly 0, Like 5, Desgranges 17, G. Willett 0, Gineman 0, Faber 0