NEW CARLISLE – Greenville’s season came to an end on Wednesday as the 12th seeded Lady Wave lost to top seeded Tippecanoe 63-22 in a sectional tournament game at Tecumseh High School.
“I have to give credit to Tipp City because they are a very good team,” Greenville girls basketball coach Rachel Kerns said. “There’s a reason they’re the No. 1 seed, but I don’t think we showed our strongest performance that we could have. I think we were a little shocked with the speed of Tipp City, and I don’t think we executed as well as we had been.”
Greenville’s lone lead of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II tournament game came midway through the first quarter. After Tippecanoe scored the game’s first four points, Chloe McKinney made a 3-pointer and a field goal to put the Wave up 5-4.
The lead lasted for less than a minute, though, as Tippecanoe went on a 12-0 run to end the period with a 16-5 advantage.
Greenville slowed down Tippecanoe’s offense again early in the second quarter, holding the Red Devils to just five points in the first five minutes of the period. However, Greenville only managed a single field goal by McKinney the entire period and found itself down 29-7 at halftime.
After McKinney scored Greenville’s first basket of the third quarter, giving her the Lady Wave’s first nine points of the night, Abby Miller and Karsyn Shaffer joined her in the scoring column. However, Tippecanoe continued to pull away and led 45-13 at the end of the quarter.
McKinney, Shaffer, Payton Brandenburg and Jada Garland each scored in the fourth quarter, but Tippecanoe continued to out-pace the Wave and won 63-22.
“Tipp City has five girls who understand the game of basketball on the court at all times, and we’re not quite there yet,” Kerns said. “We really need to have a good offseason where the girls have a ball in their hand a lot. That’s the part we have to stress the most is they’re going to become better basketball players in the offseason than they are when we have them from October to February.”
Tippecanoe had 13 players score in Wednesday’s game, led by Allison Mader’s nine points. Also for the Red Devils, Cassidy Wasson scored eight points, Sammie Rowland scored seven, Brooke Aselage scored six, Cali Stewart scored six, Hailee Varvel scored five, Jillian Brown scored four, Taylor Prall scored four, Rachel Rusk scored four, Aubrey Cox scored three, Claire Hinkle scored three, Mikenna Varvel scored three, and Kelsey Wertz scored one.
McKinney led Greenville with a game-high 11 points. Also for the Lady Wave, Shaffer scored four points, Garland scored three, Brandenburg scored two, and Miller scored two.
Greenville finished its season with a 2-21 record while Tippecanoe with a 19-5 record advances to play Carroll in the next round of the tournament.
The Lady Wave clearly have gotten better, Kerns said, but they still have a lot to work on.
“The year was a little disappointing overall,” she said. “There was a few more wins that I think we left out there that I wish we would have had. I think we had breakdowns, and I don’t think as a team we grew as much as we could have this season. However, on the flip side if you do compare a lot of things from last year to this year we did improve in about every area of our game.”
Wednesday’s sectional tournament loss also marked the end of the high school basketball careers of Greenville’s four seniors: McKinney, Miller, Nicole Sherry and Sara Wenning.
“Fantastic group of girls,” Kerns said. “I have nothing but praise to say about my seniors. By far the biggest regret is that we only got them for two years and not all four. I wish them nothing but the best of luck for everything they do in the future. They’ve been a pure joy to coach the last two years. With that being said, we have a lot of young girls coming back, and that’s really exciting, too.”
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