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Monday, January 14, 2013 3:37 PM


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DELPHOS – Jefferson head coach Marc Smith thought his kids battled with visiting Wayne Trace for the first two quarters and the Wildcats trailed only 34-23 at the intermission Saturday night in non-league boys basketball action.

However, quarter number three provided a different story.


The visiting Raiders forced 11 Wildcat turnovers in the third quarter and opened the stanza with a 24-0 run as Wayne Trace ran away from Jefferson for a 69-37 win at Jefferson Middle School.


It was a case of the Raiders stepping up the intensity on the defensive end and that defense generated offense, a combination the Wildcats couldn’t control.

“They made some adjustments at halftime and I thought they really came out and played well there in the third quarter,” noted Smith after the contest. “They were able to get their hands in the passing lanes and it really caused us problems. You have to give them credit; they are a very good basketball team.”

The Raiders were 11-of-17 from the field in the stanza and got points from six players in the period.

Wayne Trace opened the scoring on a pair of Corbin Linder free throws, coming via a technical foul against the Wildcats, and the floodgates were opened. Nick McClain scored on the ensuing possession off of a Grady Gudakunst assist and the lead quickly went to 38-23. The Raiders followed with two Dalton Sinn buckets, a McClain basket and a Colby Speice 3-point play to widen the margin to 47-23.

“It was a momentum swing,” noted Smith of the technical foul. “But they made plays to give themselves the scoring opportunities. They are a veteran team and they came out and played that way.”

“I thought we came out with more intensity there in the third quarter,” commented Wayne Trace head coach Jim Linder. “We were able to get some turnovers and that allowed us to get some easy baskets. Our kids played hard tonight and I thought we showed a lot of positives tonight.”

The Wildcats’ lone bucket of the period came from Trey Smith with the Raiders on top 58-25 before Wayne Trace settled on a 63-25 advantage entering the final stanza.

“We are very young and we just need to learn and get better,” noted Smith.

Early on, Jefferson battled the visiting Raiders. Wayne Trace opened a quick 7-0 lead after a trey by Gudakunst and baskets from McClain and Speice. The Wildcats, though, hung around as they trailed only 20-13 at the end of eight minutes of action. Smith led the Wildcats with five first-quarter points with Nick Fitch adding four. Dalton Hicks and Ross Thompson also added baskets.

Jefferson pulled within 25-17 in the second stanza on two free throws from Smith but the Raiders answered. Two straight Ryan Kortokrax baskets and a trey from Gudakunst pushed the margin back to 32-17.

The Wildcats made one more run, getting a basket by Austin Jettinghoff and two buckets from Smith to pull within 34-23 at the intermission.

“We are asking a lot out of Trey as a freshman,” noted the Wildcat mentor. “Ross played extremely hard tonight and is working very hard for us. Nick played well tonight and had one of his better games. We are making progress but we have to stay positive and keep working. We have some teams coming up on the schedule that we match up better with. We played two pretty good teams this weekend in LCC and Wayne Trace.”

Smith netted 17 points and Fitch added eight markers for the Wildcats, who drop to 3-8 on the season. Fitch also had six boards and recorded a pair of steals along with Thompson. Hicks and Zach Ricker picked up five caroms each.

Gudakunst paced Wayne Trace with a dozen markers followed by Corbin Linder and Kortokrax with 11 each. Speice and McClain posted 10 apiece for the Raiders, who won for the eighth straight time in moving to 9-1.

Devin Wenzlick topped the Raiders on the boards with six with Speice dishing out three assists and adding five steals. Jake Arend, Linder and Sinn all had three steals and Arend added three assists.

In the reserve contest, Wayne Trace forced Jefferson into 13 turnovers in the first quarter and posted a 22-1 lead after one period en route to a 50-24 victory.

Brock Worden led the Raiders (8-2) with 15 points while Gabe Wobler added 11.

Tyler Rice topped the Wildcats (1-9) with nine points and Kurt Wollenhaupt chipped in eight.

Wayne Trace returns to action on Thursday in hosting Ayersville in Green Meadows Conference action. Jefferson visits Lincolnview in Northwest Conference play on Friday.


WAYNE TRACE: Jake Gerber 0-0-0, Grady Gudakunst 4-0-12, Colby Speice 4-1-10, Brock Worden 0-0-0, Jake Arend 1-0-2, Corbin Linder 3-2-11, Dalton Sinn 4-0-9, Devin Wenzlick 1-2-4, Nick McClain 5-0-10, T.J. Blackmore 0-0-0, Ryan Kortokrax 5-1-11. Totals 18-9-6/11-69.

JEFFERSON: Austin Jettinghoff 1-0-2, Zach Ricker 1-1-4, Ross Thompson 1-0-2, Trey Smith 6-4-17, Seth Wollenhaupt 0-0-0, Tyler Mox 1-0-2, Nick Fitch 4-0-8, Dalton Hicks 1-0-2, Tyler Rice 0-0-0. Totals 13-2-5/12-37.

Score by Quarters:

Wayne Trace  20     14 29      6 - 69

Jefferson       13     10 2      12 - 37

Three-point goals: Wayne Trace 9-21 (Gudakunst 4-9, Linder 3-7, Sinn 1-1, Speice 1-4), Jefferson 2-10 (Ricker 1-3, Smith 1-5, Jettinghoff 0-1, Rice 0-1).

Rebounds: Wayne Trace 26 (8 off.), Jefferson 25 (8 off.).

Turnovers: Wayne Trace 14, Jefferson 28.

JV Score: 50-24 (Wayne Trace).


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