GREENVILLE — Almost nothing went right for the Greenville girls basketball team on Wednesday night as the Lady Wave lost 45-18 to Piqua in a Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division game.
“They played like we haven’t practiced for a week,” Greenville girls basketball coach Bill Plessinger said. “We haven’t practiced for a week but no excuses. Piqua hasn’t either. I don’t know. We just did not look like we came out ready to play basketball tonight. I’m a little disappointed because that was a team that I thought we could compete with, and we just weren’t ready to play. I guess that falls back on me.”
Piqua led throughout the game, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on a basket by Morgen Grunkemeyer and a Katie Allen 3-pointer.
After a free throw from Paige Tester for Greenville, Frannie Haney and Grunkemeyer added points to extend Piqua’s lead to 12-1. Greenville got a Rachel Foreman free throw and Piqua added a basket by Allen for a 14-2 Indian lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Greenville was limited to two baskets from Karlee Lennen as Piqua extended its lead to 25-6. Grunkemeyer, Macy Yount and Allen scored in the period for the Indians.
“We’re still playing hard,” Plessinger said. “We just can’t hit our shots. Just missing too many shots.”
In the third quarter, Greenville got a basket from Lennen and one from Haleigh Luce but fell further behind, 35-10. Allen, Kayla Schrubb, Grunkemeyer and Yount each scored in the third quarter for Piqua.
In the fourth quarter, Piqua led by as many as 33 points en route to a 45-18 win. For Greenville, Luce, Abigail Miller and Sara Wenning scored in the final quarter. For Piqua, Yount, Heidi Strevell, Grunkemeyer, Danajha Clemons and Carly Brown added points.
“I thought we had some sophomores come off the bench there at the end, and they did pretty well,” Plessinger said.
Lennen led Greenville with six points on the night. Also for the Lady Wave, Luce scored four points, Wenning scored four, Miller scored two, Foreman scored one, and Tester scored one.
Grunkemeyer led all scorers with 12 points in the game. Also for Piqua, Allen scored 11, Yount scored nine, Schrubb scored four, Haney scored three, Brown scored two, Clemons scored two, and Strevell scored two.
Greenville fell to 0-12 overall and 0-3 in the GWOC North with the loss while Piqua improved to 4-7 and 1-2 in the GWOC North.
“It would be nice to get back to a normal practice schedule tomorrow,” Plessinger said. “We’ve got to do something. We’ve got to come out ready to go tomorrow.”