Skylar Fletcher scores two of her game high 16-points for the Lady Wave in MVL matchup with Tippecanoe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Wave drops MVL matchup with Tipp

Skylar Fletcher paces Greenville with 16-points in MVL contest with Lady Red Devils

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave dropped a Wednesday night MVL basketball game 47-30 to the visiting Tippecanoe Lady Red Devils.

“We’re right there,” said Greenville coach, Rachael Kerns. “One more rebound, one more made basket, one more stop – we just have to figure out how to get one more of everything we need in the game.”

Greenville gave up height to Tipp with post player, Megan Lind unable to go on the night but were still in the game trailing by single digits with just minutes to play before needing to foul in an attempt to get the win.

The visitors took the opening period 16-7 with Gracie Thacker, Skylar Fletcher and Minaxi Pandey each scoring 2-point baskets and Lilly Hayes knocking down a free throw for a point to round out Lady Wave first quarter scoring.

“The first quarter Tipp City came out and jumped us a little bit,” Kerns said. “Our post had to play a little bit quicker especially from girls on the outside. We don’t see that as often.”

Period No. 2 went to the Lady Red Devils 10-6 with Fletcher accounting for all six Greenville points sending the teams to the break with Tippecanoe up 26-13.

“The second quarter we come out and gave up 10-points,” said Kerns. “I can live with that.”

“I don’t give Skylar enough credit sometimes,” Coach Kerns stated. “Skylar played one of the best games I’ve seen her play in her high school career today. She was under control, she took the right shots at the right time.”

The Lady Wave won the third period 10-6 with Fletcher hitting three baskets good for 6-points, a Pandy 3-pointer and an Emalee Bowling free throw to make it a 32-23 score with one final period to play.

“The third quarter we only gave up six,” Kerns said. “We got better and better and better.”

“Avery Bauman, defensively coming from eighth grade to making varsity jump is really hard to do but defensively tonight she just guarded on of the best, fastest guards in our league,” Kerns said. “She did a fantastic job on her – that is one of the reasons she got to stay out on the court.”

Tipp earned the final period 15-7 but not before the Lady Wave cut the visitors lead to single digits. With the clock winding down the Lady Wave were forced to foul in the final minutes of play only to see the Lady Devils can 9-of-10 free throws and claim the league win.

“The fourth quarter giving up 15 is a little skewed from the fact that we had to foul,” Kerns noted. “We ended up fouling them at the end.”

Skylar Fletcher led Greenville with 16-points and equaled Tipp’s leading scorer Makenzie Chinn for high honors on the night.

“I am really proud of the player Skylar has grown into and even from game one to where she is now, her decision making has gotten so much better,” said Kerns. “She is really doing a really good job and she deserves a little more credit sometimes.”

BOXSCORE

TIPPECANOE 47, Greenville 30

TIPPECANOE – M. Chinn 16, S. Wall 9, A. Aselage 8, L. Cleckner 5, O. Spiller 5, M. Moran 3, A. Broering 1 – TOTALS 15 14-20 1 47

GREENVILLE – S. Fletcher 16, M. Pandey 7, E. Bowling 3, G. Thacker 2, A. Bauman 1, L. Hayes 1 – TOTALS 11 5-8 1 30

3-POINTERS

Tippecanoe 1 (L. Cleckner 1)

Greenville 1 (M. Pandey 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

16-10-06-15 47 Tippecanoe

07-06-10-07 30 Greenville

Greenville's Minaxi Pandey drives to the basket for a Lady Wave score in home game with the Lady Red Devils. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Gracie Thacker goes strong the the Greenville basket in MVL action with Tipp. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lilly Hayes pulls down a rebound and looks for a Lady Wave outlet pass in Wednesday night MVL action with Tippecanoe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Wave freshman Avery Bauman takes up defensive position in varsity matchup with Tipp. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Emalee Bowling drives the the Lady Wave basket in conference play with the Tippecanoe Lady Red Devils. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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