Junior forward Jake Arend (25) is swarmed by Pirate defenders during Wayne Trace’s 71-43 win over Continental on Wednesday evening in Haviland. Arend was one of 13 players to score for the Raiders in the victory. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HAVILAND — After a layoff of 11 days, Wayne Trace returned the basketball court in a rare Wednesday night regular season game and rolled past visiting Continental, 71-43.
The red-white-and-blue placed all 13 players in the scoring column on the night, leading from start to finish to post their tenth victory of the season against only one loss.
Wayne Trace scored 18 of the first 20 points in the contest, eventually settling on a 23-10 advantage after eight minutes of action.
Junior sharp shooter Corbin Linder also found his shooting touch against the Pirates, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the opening stanza to ignite the Raider offense.
“It was good to see Corbin hit a couple of shots early,” noted Wayne Trace head coach, and Corbin’s father, Jim Linder. “He had struggled the past couple of games so hopefully it gives him a little confidence back.”
Senior Devin Wenzlick also posted five points and four rebounds in the opening quarter.
“Devin also had another solid night for us,” added the elder Linder. “He went to the boards well and came up with some big baskets early in the game.”
The Raiders continued to widen the margin in the second quarter, scoring 13 of the first 19 points in the period. Corbin Linder added two more 3-pointers in the period and Wayne Trace also got baskets by Colby Speice, Cole Shepherd, Wenzlick and David Sinn en route to a 38-19 halftime advantage.
“We were able to get a lot of kids playing time tonight and everybody contributed,” stated the Raider head coach.
Continental’s Wade Stauffer hit a 3-pointer to open the second half scoring, but the Pirates would never get any closer.
Wayne Trace responded with a 3-point play by Speice before an Ethan Linder basket made it 43-22. The Pirates were within 48-30 after an Austin Mansfield basket, before consecutive buckets by Wayne Trace’s Gabe Wobler, Luke Miller, T.J. Blackmore and Cole Shepherd made it 56-30 at the end of three periods.
“Our younger players were able to come in, and they played pretty well, for the most part,” noted the Wayne Trace mentor. “It was a good night to get them some experience.”
Miller, Nick Glass, Ethan Linder, Shepherd, Alec Vest and Justin Speice all found the scoring column in the final period as the Raiders cruised to the 71-43 victory.
On the night, Wayne Trace finished 26-of-41 from the field (63 percent), including 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. The Raiders also won the battle of the boards, 30-18, but did commit more turnovers, 23-20. Continental was 14-of-38 from the field (37 percent).
Corbin Linder led all scorers with 15 points with Ethan Linder and Colby Speice chipping in eight points each. Devin Wenzlick and Cole Shepherd also posted seven points apiece for Wayne Trace. Wenzlick had eight rebounds to lead the Raiders while Shepherd and Justin Speice got four each. Colby Speice dished out for assists for the Raiders and Blackmore picked up three steals.
Wade Stauffer paced Continental with 11 points and Tyler Rue chipped in ten. Zach Schwarzman and Rue both recorded three steals while Gabe Williams topped the Pirates with four rebounds.
Continental falls to 4-10 on the season.
Wayne Trace’s JV squad also moved to 10-1 on the season with a 47-25 win over the Pirates.
Justin Speice scored 13 points and Luke Miller chipped in nine to lead the Raiders. Darius Hale, Gabe Wobler and Alec Vest added five points each. Quinton Harper grabbed six rebounds to top the Raider efforts on the boards.
Trevor Williamson, Ryan Troyer and Ty Warnement scored five points apiece for Continental, which falls to 2-12.
The Raiders return to the hardwood on Friday night with a key Green Meadows Conference road game as Wayne Trace visits Tinora. The Raiders (2-0 GMC) and Rams (11-3 overall, 3-0 GMC) are the two remaining unbeaten squads in league play.
Continental hosts Waynesfield Goshen (2-10) in non-league play on Friday night.
Score by quarters
Continental 10 9 11 13- 43
Wayne Trace 23 15 18 15- 71
Swager 2, G. Williams 5, Schwarzman 0, Rue 10, Baker 1, Troyer 1, Lawhorn 0, Mansfield 6, Stauffer 11, Williamson 0, Prowant 3, Bracken 2, J. Williams 2
Wayne Trace (71)
Wobler 3, Miller 5, Glass 2, E. Linder 8, C. Speice 8, Shepherd 7, Arend 3, C. Linder 15, Vest 2, Wenzlick 7, Sinn 2, Blackmore 6, J. Speice 3