TROY — Destiny Bohanon scored 24 points to lead Wayne past West Carrollton 82-27 in the first game of the Southwest District Sectional Girls’ Basketball Tournament on Saturday at Troy High School.
Wayne was officially crowned the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division Champions on Friday night. GWOC commissioner Eric Spahr presented both the Wayne boys, who went undefeated winning the GWOC Title and the girls program with Championship trophies followed by the cutting down of the nets. This was the first time ever that both the girls and the boys each won a GWOC title in the same season. For the girls program you would have to go back 36 years, which would be the 1980 season to find a girls team who achieved a GWOC title. The Wayne girl’s record last season was 5-15 overall and 3-7 in the Central Division. This year’s team is 22-1 (10-0) and has a starting five that consists of three freshman and two sophomores along with a strong supporting cast. The Wayne girls are proving that the Wayne boys’ basketball team is not the only show in town as they look to put their footprint on making some history themselves.
“I’m very proud,” said Coach Sonya Miller. “It was really great to share that moment with the boys team, the defending state champs from last season as they try to do a back to back this year. It’s just nice to have both programs up and running and moving in the same direction. I was just proud to be a part of all of it.”
“It feels amazing for us to have won the GWOC,” said McGruder. “We have been preparing for this moment since summer so for us to make it and to make it to where we are now is an amazing feeling. We have been preparing for this moment so our plan is to go further; our goal is to win State.”
“It feels great, it’s exciting,” said freshman Destiny Bohanon concerning the GWOC title. “Everybody plays together; we accept each other as family. We want to make it to State, we want to win.”
Bohanon led all scorers with 24 points for Wayne, also in double figures were Mali Morgan-Elliott with 13 points while Shai McGruder and Maya Dunson had 12 points each to contribute to the win and to extend the Warriors winning streak to 21 consecutive games.
Wayne’s up-tempo offense wasted no time getting started as they moved out to a quick 13-2 lead sparked by a 3-pointer from Bohanon. Wayne’s full court press stifled the pirates who found it difficult at times to get the ball into any kind of offense. A steal and basket by Bohanon and a 3-pointer by
Shayla Woods gave Wayne a commanding 25-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
A fast break basket by Olivia Trice and a 3-pointer from Maya Dunson set the tone for the second quarter as Wayne continued to surge. West Carrollton had no answer as Wayne put together a 17-3 run in the final four minutes to take a 48-13 lead into half time.
The third quarter was all Wayne as they reeled off 24 unanswered points while holding West Carrollton to just one free throw. Of the first six baskets of the quarter that Wayne scored, three were from steals and three were fast breaks turned into layups as Wayne ended the quarter with a 72-14 advantage.
Wayne proved to be too much for West Carrollton as they coasted the rest of the way to a decisive win. For West Carrollton Chelsea Harris was the leading scorer with 11 points.
“Our mindset is unbelievable,” said Coach Miller. “We set out to win the GWOC as a goal and they can see that we can do much better than that. I think we are ready to get after it. We are going to take it one game at a time obviously, we recognize that we can compete with the best and when we step on the court we have a better chance than anyone else. We are excited about the possibilities and we are looking forward to it.”
Wayne will face Ponitz CTC, Tuesday, Feb.16, at 6 p.m. in the Southwest District Sectional Tournament at Troy High School.
WSC 06 13 14 27 – 27
WAY 25 48 72 82 – 82
West Carrollton: Kyisa Champaco 2, Jade Coleman 2, E. Live 5, Kay Feltner 3, Myla Barnes 2, Madi Mills 2, Chelsea Harris 11. Totals: 6-3-27.
Wayne: Mali Morgan-Elliott 13, Shayla Woods 5, Olivia Trice 5, Kloe Muntz 4, Brooke Starrett 2, Shenell Parker 3, Kiara Herring 2, Destiny Bohanon 24, Shai McGruder 12, Maya Dunson 12. Totals: 29-6-82.
3-point goals: West Carrollton 4 (Harris 3, Live); Wayne 6 (Bohanon 2, Dunson 2, Parker, Woods).
Records: West Carrollton (0-20), Wayne (22-1).
Reach Steve Granata via email at email@example.com