Lady Wave battle for rebound in preseason scrimmage with Mississinawa Valley. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Wave shine in first scrimmage of season

Lady Wave go undefeated in first scrimmage of the 2020-21 OHSAA basketball season.

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave high school basketball program hosted the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks and the New Bremen Lady Cardinals to the 2021-22 season scrimmage opener with both the varsity and junior varsity squads taking to the court.

“We had eight with the varsity tonight and all eight got to play,” said Greenville veteran coach, Rachael Kerns. “I’m not really sure what to expect but whatever happened tonight exceeded my expectations.”

Coach Kerns took the opportunity to evaluate a Lady Wave varsity squad with a combination of veteran players as well as a talented incoming freshman class.

“The tallest and probably one of the most talented groups we have had in a long time,” Kerns said of the incoming freshman class. “It is just trying to put the pieces together to make the puzzle come together.”

“I was talking to my coaches before the scrimmage started and I said, ‘I’m not really sure of my expectations, what I am expecting’ – but whatever I was expecting we exceeded every expectation,” Kerns added. “This is a really solid first scrimmage for us.”

The Lady Wave varsity won each of the 10-minute quarters played on the night.

“Some quarters we put up major points and other quarters not quite as many but I don’t know that we ever gave up more than six or seven points,” noted Kerns. “That is going to be something we’re going to have to strive to do just to be in some of the games against a really good opponents.”

The Lady Wave will once again compete in the very competitive Miami Valley League, a conference made up of eight OHSAA DI teams and two DII teams including Greenville.

“The MVL is just loaded,” Kerns stated. “Our top half is as good as it has been in my last 10 years of coaching – but with that being said, it is still a measuring stick where we need to get to.”

“For as young as we played tonight as far as some of the young girls we played, we did a really good job rebounding, a really good job of help defense and we really took care of the ball well,” Kerns concluded. “If we can do those things we should be able to compete.”

Greenville gets a driving layup in Tuesday night home scrimmage. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Lady Wave get a score in the paint in preseason scrimmage action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville Lady Wave score in the lane in scrimmage play with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville Lady Wave coach, Rachael Kerns watches as her team. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville gets a running layup for a score in scrimmage play. (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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