Greenville puts game away in fourth to earn 20-point win over the Piqua Lady Indians
PIQUA – The shorthanded Greenville Lady Wave varsity basketball team defeated the Piqua Lady Indians 48-28 with two starters unable to make the road trip and one starter returning after a 12-day absence.
“We were missing two starters and then we had another one who hasn’t practiced or played in 12-days,” said Greenville coach, Rachael Kerns. “We are trying to get her back in the flow, and it’s over break – it was kind of like that perfect storm for things not to go well and by no means the prettiest game but they did what they had to do and got the win.”
The Lady Wave jumped out to a 17-5 first quarter double digit advantage behind seven Skylar Fletcher points including a trey, 3-pointers from both Minaxi Pandey and freshman Avery Baumann and a basket each from Gracie Thacker and Emalee Bowling.
The Lady Indians battle back to take the second period 12-6 led by Reagan Toopes’ 7-points. Bowling accounted for 4 Greenville points and Pandey added a 2-point bucket sending the MVL matchup to the break with the Lady Wave holding a 23-17 lead.
Period No. 3 saw the Lady Wave get back in double digits outscoring the home team 11-6 and take a double digit 34-23 lead to the final quarter of play.
Pandey paced the Lady Wave third with two third period 3-pointers for 6-points, Fletcher buried a trey and Thacker knocked down a bucket in the paint.
“When we got into the flow of our offense we distributed the ball pretty well,” Kerns noted. “Lots of different girls were scoring tonight.”
Greenville dominated fourth quarter action 14-5 led by freshman Meghan Lind’s 5-points, Fletcher 4-points, Bauman and Bowling each with 2-points and a Thacker free throw for a 20-point Lady Wave Miami Valley League victory.
I challenged the girls at halftime,” said Coach Kerns. “I asked a lot of Avery (Baumann). Lately she has been guarding their best guard and at the half, Piqua’s Toopes had 9-points and she finished with 10. It’s the reason they only scored 12-points in the second half.”
“That is not something that shows up in the scorebook or something people see,” Kerns added. “Defensively we did better things the second half – we have to figure out how we can do it for a full 32-minutes.
GREENVILLE 48, PIQUA 28
GREENVILLE – S. Fletcher 14, M. Pandey 11, E. Bowling 8, A. Bauman 5, G. Thacker 5, M. Lind 5 – TOTALS 14 2-16 6 48
PIQUA – R. Toopes 10, K. Anderson 10, C. Stewart 4, E. Cox 2, A Carroll 2 – TOTALS 9 4-8 2 28
Greenville (M. Pandey 3, S. Fletcher 2, A. Bauman 1)
Piqua 2 (R. Toopes 2)
SCORE by QUARTERS
17-06-11-14 48 Greenville
05-12-06-05 28 Piqua