HAVILAND - Continental scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters as the Pirates cruised to their 14th win of the season in a 50-36 victory over Wayne Trace Tuesday night in non-league girls basketball action.The Lady Pirates never trailed in the contest in moving to 14-5 on the year. Wayne Trace falls to 5-14 this season.
Continental broke the game open early on, turning a 2-2 game into a 12-2 lead. Paige Ordway had a pair of baskets in the run with Sloane Zachrich adding a three-point play and Taylor Williamson chipping in a bucket.
"They jumped on us early but I thought our kids battled," commented Wayne Trace head coach Greg Davis. "Overall, I thought we played better tonight but we still need to eliminate the unforced turnovers."
After Continental posted a 14-4 advantage at the end of eight minutes of action, the lady Raiders hung tough with the Pirates in the second stanza.
A Williamson basket quickly made it 16-4 in favor of the visitors but Wayne Trace responded. Three straight Erin Mohr buckets helped the Raiders trim the deficit to 16-10 with four minutes remaining in the half.
With the Continental lead at 21-13 at the 2:38 mark of the second period, it was all blue and gold the rest of the first half. The lady Pirates closed the stanza on a 7-0 run to take a commanding 28-13 advantage at the intermission.
"They made a run that opened it up there late in the first half and a lot of that was just mistakes on our part," Davis added. "They started to shoot the ball a little better there in the second quarter too."
The visitors then put the game away early in the third quarter, scoring eight of the first ten points to take a 36-15 advantage. An Ordway trey and five straight Leva Weller markers provided the Pirate offense.
Continental led by as much as 42-20 midway through the period before Wayne Trace got back within 42-25 at the end of three quarters.
The two teams played virtually even in the fourth quarter as the Pirates settled on the 50-36 victory.
Weller scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the blue and gold with Ordway adding 11 markers. Zachrich also had nine caroms for Continental.
Mohr topped Wayne Trace with 16 points and seven caroms. Sylvia Young chipped in seven points with young and Krystal Wannemacher both grabbing six boards.
Wayne Trace's junior varsity recorded a 36-23 win behind ten points from Brooke Wilcox and eight by Danielle Kortokrax. Erin Jewell and Madi Poling posted six markers a piece. Alex Quigley led the lady Pirates with six points.
The lady Raiders will close the home portion of the season as Wayne Trace welcomes in Paulding County and Green Meadows Conference rival Antwerp. It will be the final home game for lady Raider seniors Karena Egnor, Taylor Grant, Natalie Sinn, Tanya Sinn, Krystal Wannemacher and Rylee Zartman.
Continental will host Patrick Henry in non-league action on Saturday.