SPRINGBORO — Senior guard Charity Miller buried a 3-pointer in all four quarters and tossed in a free throw to score a team-high 13 points Wednesday night to help lead Wayne to a lopsided 60-33 victory over Springboro.
“I love it, I love it,” said Wayne Coach Travis Trice about Miller’s performance. “She has been working hard. It’s been a struggle for her this season figuring out what we are asking of her and trying to commit to that. She has worked hard this past couple of weeks. We’ve rededicated ourselves and recommitted ourselves to being in shape and playing hard defensively and just trying to be a better team. She had really worked hard and it was a big payoff for her, so I was really happy to see her ready to shoot, making plays and I thought she did a great job defensively as well.”
Leading 6-4 the Lady Warriors went on an 11-0 run on two baskets inside by Aubryanna Hall, one by Destiny Bohanon, a trey by Miller and another basket by Nyla Hampton to take a 17-6 lead.
Hampton and Olivia Trice both drained 3-pointers early in the second quarter, Kyra Willis scored inside, Jaida Wolfork tossed in a free throw and Miller buried her second triple of the night to boost Wayne’s lead to 28-15 with 3:12 left in the first half.
In the third quarter Wayne picked up where it left off going on a 12-0 run capped by Miller’s third triple of the night to open up a 45-21 lead with 3:32 left in the third period to effectively put the game out of reach. The quarter ended with the Lady Warriors holding a comfortable 49-23 advantage.
In the fourth quarter junior forward Jaida Wolfork rang up a 3-pointer and Miller nailed her fourth trey of the game to put Wayne up 55-25 with just over five minutes remaining.
Wayne did a good job of sharing the ball passing to open players and capitalizing on most of its scoring chances.
“We had 22 assists last game and 19 assists this game and we only had six turnovers tonight,” Trice noted. “If you have 19 assists and only six turnovers you are going to win a lot of games no matter who you are playing.”
Sunday and Monday the Lady Warriors will compete in the Berlin High School ‘Classic in the Country’ facing Canton Glen Oak in Sunday’s game (1:40 p.m.) and Pickering ton Central on Monday at 1:20 p.m. The team returns home to host Lebanon on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) and plays at Fairmont on Saturday, Jan. 26 also at 7:30 p.m.
“We have a really big week coming up facing Canton Glen Oak and Pick Central, both in the top 10 in state,” Trice added. “I am really excited to go up there with where we are at mentally to compete.”
WAY 17 31 49 60 – 60
SPRB 08 17 23 33 – 33
Wayne: Charity Miller 4-1-13, Nyla Hampton 3-2-9, Kyra Willis 1-0-2, Destiny Bohanon 4-1-9, Olivia Trice 5-0-12, Aubryanna Hall 4-2-10, Jaida Wolfork 2-0-5. Totals: 23-6-60.
Springboro: Haley Crozier 1-0-3, Jordan Hobbs 2-1-5, Olivia Majors 2-0-5, Peyton Nation 2-3-7, Isabella Cassoni 0-2-2, McKel Nation 1-0-2, Rachel Gillum 1-1-3, Emily Matthews 1-2-4, Karlie Winship 1-0-2. Totals: 11-9-33.
3-point goals: Wayne 8 (Miller 4, Trice 2, Hampton, Wolfork); Springboro 2 (Crozier, Majors).
Records: Wayne 9-4 (5-2), Springboro 7-8 (2-5).
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind