Lady Wave look for positives in loss to state champ

Kyle Shaner

December 11, 2013

GREENVILLE While the bright spots might not have been very apparent to fans in the stands, Greenville girls basketball coach Bill Plessinger saw a lot of positives in Wednesday’s 64-10 loss to Fairmont.

The defending Division I state champion Firebirds proved why they’re among the state’s best against the Lady Wave with the easy victory. But Plessinger focused on the positive aspects of Greenville’s game against the toughest opponent it will face all season.

“We did a lot of things well tonight,” Plessinger said. “It’s just very hard to tell that when you’re playing a team that good.”

Plessinger talked positively about Greenville’s ball movement, rebounding and effort throughout the game on Wednesday and said those are things the Lady Wave can build on.

“It’s probably the best ball movement we’ve had,” Plessinger said. “By far Karlee Lennen’s best game in the post, it’s just at times she’s playing two Division I girls in the post. Their second team wasn’t too bad either.”

While Greenville had some positive moments, Fairmont dominated throughout the game.

The Firebirds shut-out Greenville in the first quarter, taking a 25-0 lead in the opening period.

Greenville got on the scoreboard with 6:41 left in the second quarter as Haleigh Luce made a basket to cut the deficit to 25-2.

Fairmont, which turned to its backups in the second quarter, then scored eight of the next 10 points with Luce scoring again for the Lady Wave. Lennen got her first basket of the game shortly before the halftime buzzer to make the score 33-6 in favor of Fairmont.

“I have to give coach (Lacy) Romine credit,” Plessinger said. “Very classy lady, very classy program. She could have kept (Makayla) Waterman and (Kathryn) Westbeld in the whole game, and they might have scored 120.”

Lennen scored the first two points of the third quarter before Fairmont went on a 16-0 run with its backups relieving its starters midway through the period. Greenville broke the scoring run with two Chloe McKinney free throws late in the quarter for a 49-10 score.

In the fourth quarter, Fairmont again held Greenville scoreless as the Firebird backups added 15 points for a 64-10 victory.

While the score was lopsided, Plessinger said Greenville has to take the game as a learning experience. Greenville did improve from last year’s game against Fairmont, when the Firebirds won 73-6.

“We just have to take it as a learning experience and know that we played what is right now considered the best team in the state of Ohio, all divisions,” Plessinger said. “We did OK.”

Lennen and Luce led Greenville with four points each on Wednesday while McKinney added two points.

Celeste Etter led Fairmont with 14 points off the bench Wednesday. Also for the Firebirds, Westbeld scored nine points, Lindsay Breslin scored eight, Emma Havener scored six, Sarah O’Malley scored six, Danie Shafer scored six, Shea Morgan scored four, Waterman scored four, Emily Pacenta scored three, Alyssa Clemente scored two, and Danielle Newell scored two.

“That’s a great basketball team,” Plessinger said.

Greenville fell to 0-6 with Wednesday’s loss while Fairmont improved to 4-1.

“I said nothing negative in the locker room,” Plessinger said.

Greenville returns to action Saturday evening at Fairborn. The Lady Wave are entering the portion of their schedule that they can be more competitive, Plessinger said.

“We’ve been through a gauntlet, and now we see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Plessinger said. “We’ve got some games now that we can start winning, competing, at least be in the game more.”

See more photos from the game online at advocate360.org/photos