Lady Warriors rally to defeat Fairmont

By Steve Granata - Contributing Writer

<strong>Olivia Trice</strong>

Olivia Trice

HUBER HEIGHTS — Olivia Trice scored 17 points to help Wayne overcome a five point deficit at halftime to push past Fairmont 49-35 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division contest Wednesday night.

Fairmont took advantage of Wayne inside players Shai McGruder and Mali Morgan-Elliott’s early foul trouble to garner a halftime lead. Being behind is unfamiliar territory for the Warriors so far this season, but they were able to weather the storm and fight through the adversity. Trice found her stroke from the perimeter as she hit four 3-pointers in the second half. Her 10 fourth quarter points provided the needed fire power to lift the Warriors past Fairmont to go on to their thirteenth consecutive victory.

“She is coming along strong, “said Coach Sonya Miller concerning Trice. “One of the things we keep telling her is to shoot the ball; she is surrounded with such great players. She went 0-6 in the last game against Springfield; I think all her points came from the free throw line. Part of her letting loose is knowing that her coaches trust her shot. Fairmont was playing off her and we told her to continue to let it loose and that was the difference in the game.”

Wayne took a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter helped by two consecutive 3-pointers by Maya Dunson and Shenell Parker. But in the second quarter the Warriors hit a drought scoring only three points while Fairmont went on a 11-0 run to capture the lead and take a 21-16 advantage into halftime.

“We started very slow,” said Coach Miller. “I think they let their guard down. A lot of that is immaturity. We had a rally at halftime. We made some adjustments to how we were running our offense to attack the zone that they were running, it was a little different of a set that we hadn’t seen and in doing that we were able to get some good ball movement out of it and start to score in the half court.”

Down seven points in the third quarter a Trice 3-pointer, McGruder fast-break layup and a steal turned into a basket by Destiny Bohanon to tie the score at 23-23. Fairmont fired back as Mariah Roe hit a jumper to once again take the lead 25-23. Wayne answered with a silky smooth 3-pointer by Trice, a McGruder offensive rebound and fast break layup and two Bohanon free throws to extend the lead to five points and take the largest lead of the night. Fairmont hit the final shot of the quarter as Emily Hughes knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the lead back to two points, 30-28.

With 5:44 left Wayne hit the gas pedal as McGruder scored a bucket and hit a free throw and then Trice followed with another 3-pointer as the Warriors took an eight point lead that forced a Fairmont timeout. That was the beginning of a game deciding 16-2 run as Bohanon and Trice took care of business at the line hitting on all their free throws down the stretch to ensure the victory. With the win Wayne improved to 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the Central Division of the Greater Western Ohio Conference. Fairmont dropped to 6-8 overall and 1-3.

“It was really about the effort, I think they were not giving me the effort, “said Coach Miller concerning the second half turn around. “We talked about that at halftime, everybody understood that the win was on the line and we knew we were going to recover. The talent is what we had to trust along with our training. Once we got geared up and got them going it changed the whole game.”

Leading scorers for Wayne were Olivia Trice with 17 points, Destiny Bohanon 12 points, who converted all eight of her free throws, and Shai McGruder 9 points. The leading scorers for Fairmont were Madison Connally 9 points, Mariah Roe 9 points and Emily Hughes added 8 points.

Wayne will be back in action Sunday, Jan.17, 6:40 p.m. against Shaker Heights at the Classic in the Country Challenge in Millersburg, Ohio.

FMT 08 21 28 35 – 35

WAY 13 16 30 49 – 49

Fairmont: Mariah Roe 9, Madison Connally 9, Emily Hughes 8, Jen Nichwitz 5, Drew Heatherly 4. Totals: 9-8-35.

Wayne: Olivia Trice 17, Destiny Bohanon 12, Shai McGruder 9, Maya Dunson 6, Shenell Parker 3, Kiara Herring 2. Totals: 8-7-49.

3-point goals: Fairmont 3 (Hughes 2, Nichwitz); Wayne 7 (Trice 4, Dunson 2, Parker).

Records: Fairmont 6-8 (1-3), Wayne 14-1 (4-0).

JV Score: Fairmont 50, Wayne 22

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By Steve Granata

Contributing Writer

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