|Twin towers lift WT to win over Lincolnview|
|Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:46 PM|
By KEVIN WANNEMACHER
The twin towers of seniors Sylvia Young and Lauren Speice combined for 34 points and 18 rebounds as the lady Raiders enjoyed a 38-25 rebounding advantage overall. Young bucketed 20 points and picked up five boards with Speice adding 14 markers and 13 rebounds, her first double-double of the season.
“Sylvia and Lauren both did a nice job inside for us tonight,” noted Raider head coach Bethany Hughes. “We had a size advantage and the girls did a good job of taking advantage of it, getting the ball inside to them for good scoring opportunities.”
The lady Raiders opened the game up late in the third quarter, thanks in part to an 11-2 advantage on the boards. Wayne Trace posted seven offensive caroms in the stanza while limiting the Lancers to zero defensive rebounds in the quarter.
“They did a good job of using their size and we simply didn’t have an answer for that,” commented Lincolnview’s Dan Williamson. “Our girls played hard and we battled but we just don’t have the size to match up with a team that big.”
Trailing 26-21 at halftime, the Lancers’ Christine Stemen connected on her first trey of the evening to get the blue and gold within 26-24.
After a pair of Young baskets, another three-pointer from Stemen kept Lincolnview within 30-27.
With Wayne Trace leading 36-34, the lady Raiders were able to open the game up late in the quarter. Consecutive baskets from Shayna Temple and Estie Sinn, along with two Speice free throws, pushed the Raider lead to 42-34.
“We came out and really did a good job of working and competing there early in the second half,” continued the Lancer mentor. “I don’t know if we got tired or what happened there late in the period but Wayne Trace was able to get some offensive rebounds and they took advantage.”
A bucket by Julia Thatcher pulled the Lancers within 42-36 before the Raiders answered with baskets from Speice, Sinn and Brooke Wilcox in grabbing a 48-36 advantage after three periods.
“Our bench came up with some key points tonight, especially there in the third quarter,” Hughes commented. “We got solid play from our inside girls and then we were able to get some good scoring opportunities that resulted in points as well. It was a big turning point for us.”
From there, the Lancers never got any closer than nine points the rest of the way as Wayne Trace went on to post its fifth consecutive victory of the season in moving to 5-2.
“I thought we got solid play from a lot of girls tonight,” noted the Raider mentor. “It was a total team win and that is the way we have to play.”
Brenda Feasby added nine points and eight assists for the lady Raiders while Temple chipped in seven markers while dishing out a pair of assists. Madi Poling also had four steals for Wayne Trace.
“Overall, I am pretty pleased with our effort,” Williamson concluded. “The girls give their all and we are playing hard. I am happy with our progress at this point.”
Hannah McCleery bucketed 13 points to lead the lady Lancers while Thatcher and Stemen bucketed a dozen markers each. Ashton Bowersock also had eight for the blue and gold. Stemen picked up eight boards with Thatcher and McCleery each getting three steals. McCleery and Stemen had three assists a piece.
Lincolnview finished with fewer turnovers, 16-17 but the lady Lancers were only 19 of 52 from the field (37 percent) compared to Wayne Trace’s 25 of 53 (47 percent). The Lancers drop to 3-4 on the year with the loss.
Wayne Trace’s junior varsity posted a 21-8 victory in two quarters of action. The game was two periods short due to a lack of numbers for the Lancers.
Katie McClure, Katlyn Wendel, Kerstin Roberts and Grace Gorman all had two points for Lincolnview.
Leah Sinn bucketed five markers for the lady Raiders while Brianna Sinn and Danae Myers added four each. Stacy Flint, Maddie Zartman, Courtney Mead and Estie Sinn had two markers a piece.
Lincolnview will visit Bluffton in Northwest Conference action on Thursday while Wayne Trace welcomes in Fort Jennings for a non-league afternoon battle Saturday.