Greenville plays aggressive in loss to MVL leading Lady Aviators
GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave dropped a 46-29 Wednesday night MVL matchup with the visiting Vandalia-Butler Lady Aviators. Butler remains atop the MVL and is the only undefeated team in the conference.
“That was a very physical ballgame – without a doubt that was a very physical ballgame,” said Greenville coach, Rachael Kerns “but that is just the story of the MVL. That is how a lot of those games tend to be.”
Butler’s Sami Bardonaro came into the night as the MVL’s leading scoring averaging 16.75 points per game. The Lady Wave defense held Bardonaro to a season low 9-points dropping her to third place in the MVL at 15.2 points per game.
The Lady Wave started strong over the bigger Lady Aviators jumping out to a 9-4 advantage with 3:42 showing on the first quarter clock before settling for a one point 14-13 lead after one period of play.
“We gave them some goals and the goal was to get to the free throw line and just attack them,” Kerns said. “You have to be the aggressive person or team and the first quarter we came out and did a great job.”
Minaxi Pandy paced Greenville in the opening quarter with 7-points including a 3-pointer, a basket and 2-2 at the line. Skylar Fletcher added 4-points, Meghan Lind hit a 2-point bucket and Gracie Thacker chipped in a point.
Period No. 2 went to the visitors 16-6 sending the teams to the break with Butler holding a 29-20 advantage. Pandey hit her second triple of the first half and drained a free throw to lead the Lady Wave with four second quarter points.
Greenville held Butler to seven third quarter points but could only get 2-points of its own on the board sending the teams to the final period of play with the Lady Aviators leading 36-22.
“We had a lot of good looks that didn’t fall,” Coach Kerns noted. “Give credit to our girls, I don’t think they were outplayed today. We played hard, we played feisty – we just have to become a little better on the offensive end.”
Butler took the fourth by a 10-7 count with Bardonaro getting two buckets in the waning moments of the game. Fletcher led the Lady Wave’s fourth with 5-points.
“There is just a lot a growing to do throughout this season,” said Kerns. “If you would have seen us play our game one and this is just game five – here has already been a whole lot of growth especially with us handling the basketball and taking care of the basketball.”
“We still had some turnovers but our turnovers aren’t leading to baskets for the other team and that’s a part as coaching is good to see, especially against the top team in our conference,” Coach Kerns concluded.
BUTLER 46, GREENVILLE 29
BUTLER – E. Ledbetter 16, E. Neely 12, S. Bardonaro 9, L. Dady 6, N. Harris 3 – TOTALS 14 9-14 3 46
GREENVILLE – M. Pandey 13, S. Fletcher 11, M. Lind 2, L. Hayes 2, G. Thacker 1
Butler 3 (N. Harris 1, E. Ledbetter 1, S. Bardonaro 1)
Greenville 2 (M. Pandey 2)
SCORE by QUARTERS
13-16-07-10 46 Butler
14-06-02-07 29 Greenville