GREENVILLE – While the score didn’t look great for the Lady Wave Wednesday night, Greenville girls basketball coach Rachel Kerns was happy with the progress her team made.
Greenville lost 80-31 to Beavercreek on Wednesday, which was a better outcome than last year’s 85-18 loss to the Beavers.
“These games are kind of tricky because where we are in our program playing against a Beavercreek team that has a really good chance of winning 20-plus games this year,” Kerns said. “We didn’t prepare to win; we prepared to get better. And crazy as it sounds, compared to what we played last year to this year we were a positive 18 point swing, scored a few more points, so this was just one of those games that we go back to say where we actually have come in our program. I know it doesn’t look good or look impressive, but from where we started to where we are now it was a step in the right direction.”
Beavercreek took an early 7-0 lead with seven points from Kayla Shields. Greenville got on the scoreboard with a basket by Cassie Cromwell – who also added a pair of free throws in the period – as Beavercreek took built a 17-4 first quarter lead.
Greenville made three free throws in the second quarter with Lessie Cable connecting on two and Chloe McKinney making one and found itself trailing 39-7 at the halftime break.
“Essentially in our half court we really ran the plays that we wanted to run and got good looks,” Kerns said. “It’s just a matter of finishing a little bit. And Beavercreek is just so athletic. They run so well. They got so many transition baskets.”
Greenville’s offense started to pick up in the third quarter with Cromwell scoring six points in the period. McKinney and Abby Miller both added two points in the period, and Beavercreek led 61-17.
The Lady Wave’s best offensive period was the fourth quarter when the home team scored 14 points. Cromwell scored the Wave’s first six points, and then Saki Nakamura, Miller and Sara Wenning added to the scoring as the game ended with an 80-31 Beavercreek win.
Cromwell led Greenville with 16 points in the loss. The sophomore, who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, returned to the Greenville lineup on Saturday at Bradford after missing the team’s first two games with an injury.
“She was much better at getting a little more confident in there,” Kerns said. “She definitely slowed down a little bit more inside the paint and finished better, and that was great. It was good to see her knock down some of her free throws, as well. We should be getting our other piece of our puzzle (point guard Karsyn Shaffer) back, though, by next week so hopefully our next outing we’re a healthy team.”
Also for the Lady Wave, Miller scored four points, Wenning scored four, McKinney scored three, Cable scored two, and Nakamura scored two.
Shields led Beavercreek with a game-high 21 points. Also for the Beavers, Michaela Rhoades scored 10 points, Cori Dilsavor scored eight, Rachel Mitchell scored eight, Keaira Youngblood scored eight, Bailey Draughn scored seven, Lexi Moore scored six, Alexa Low scored four, Braelyn Bean scored three, Jaelyn Bean scored three, and Chrystal Fox scored two.
Greenville fell to 0-4 with Wednesday’s loss while Beavercreek improved to 4-0. The Lady Wave will return to action on Dec. 9 at Fairborn.
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