Greenville girls basketball team loses at Vandalia-Butler


By Dale Barger - For The Daily Advocate



Greenville’s Lessie Cable drives to the basket during a Greater Western Ohio Conference girls basketball game against Butler on Wednesday in Vandalia.


Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

VANDALIA – For nearly one quarter the Greenville girls were involved and competing as a basketball team at Vandalia-Butler High School.

One quarter of play won’t win many basketball games, and Vandalia would hand the Lady Wave a 46-18 loss Wednesday night.

Lessie Cable fouled on the drive to the bucket tossed in 1-of-2 free throws to give Greenville a 1-0 lead to start the game.

Vandalia went up 4-1, but the Wave bounced back when Chloe McKinney scored inside and with the harm tied the game at 4-4.

They would be the only points scored by Cable and McKinney as the Wave struggled to score in the game.

Vandalia wasn’t exactly lighting it up … but the Aviators would go ahead 8-4 before Karsyn Shaffer drove into the middle of the paint and let go a one-hand floater in traffic to make it 8-6 with 1:20 to go in the first quarter.

Vandalia would close out the quarter strong to take a 12-6 lead.

The team that played in the first quarter disappeared in the second quarter and the third quarter as well.

The Wave were outplayed in all facets of the game, rebounding, defense, scoring and out-hustled too by the Aviators as they fell behind 36-11.

“They (Vandalia) went on a run to end the first quarter, and that’s going to happen in basketball. Basketball is a game of runs, and we need to stay composed and put together one of our own … tonight we just never came back after the first quarter,” Greenville girls basketball coach Rachel Kerns said.

The Wave were outscored in the final stanza 10-7 … but some fresh faces on the floor gave them some energy as Saki Nakamura was able to find Abby Miller on the low block for a bucket.

Nakamura would follow up with a hard drive to the basket and in traffic put one off the glass for the score … but it was way too little and too late to overcome the 46 points by Vandalia.

Butler improved to 11-6 overall with 46-18 win and 4-3 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.

“We can’t score 18 points and expect to compete,” Kerns said after the game.

“It’s OK to get beat by teams that are better than us … it’s not OK to not come out and compete and play hard. Tonight we didn’t play hard, we didn’t compete, and it’s really frustrating,” Kerns said.

“Bottom line, you just can’t quit. You can’t fold. You have to play through it when things aren’t going your way,” Kerns said.

“Saturday we play Piqua, who has won three games this year … they beat us at their place … but its’ a winnable game. It’s senior night. We have youth girls coming in and playing … I’m not sure how we can’t get motivated for this upcoming game,” Kerns concluded.

Shaffer led the Wave with six points, Payton Brandenburg had nine rebounds, and Nakamura two assists.

Greenville fell to 2-17 overall and 0-7 in the GWOC North. Greenville was host Piqua on Saturday.

Box score:

Score by quarters:

Greenville …06…03…02…07 – 18

Vandalia …..12…09…15…10 – 46

Individual scores:

Greenville

Karsyn Shaffer 6, Lessie Cable 1, Payton Brandenburg 4, Saki Nakamura 2, Chloe McKinney 3, Abby Miller 2 – Totals 1-6-3/9 – 18

Vandalia

Fourman 2, Schoenberr 16, Clark 2, Moses 10, Petrosky 5, Rakestraw 2, Grooms 9 – Totals 4-11-12/27 – 46

2, Chloe McKinney 3, Abby Miller 2 – Totals 1-6-3/9 – 18

Vandalia

Fourman 2, Schoenberr 16, Clark 2, Moses 10, Petrosky 5, Rakestraw 2, Grooms 9 – Totals 4-11-12/27 – 46

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Greenville’s Lessie Cable drives to the basket during a Greater Western Ohio Conference girls basketball game against Butler on Wednesday in Vandalia.
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