GREENVILLE – The Lady Green Wave of Greenville High School found out first hand Monday evening that all of the press clippings of the Wayne High School girls basketball team is legitimate and well deserved, as the Lady Warriors prevailed 67-23.
Wayne entered Greater Western Ohio Conference contest with the fourth highest ranked scoring offense in the league, and that average would go up with Monday’s effort. Led by 6-foot 1-inch Shaquille McGruder’s 26 points and 15 from freshman Destiny Bohanon, Wayne had seven players reach the scoring column.
Defensively the Warriors were ranked third in the conference, and that average allowed per game dropped to 35.5 after the victory Monday night. Wayne allowed Greenville to shoot only 9 of 58 for the game from the floor. Their height advantage caused the Lady Wave to alter many of their attempts.
“Wayne is just an incredibly athletic team,” Greenville girls basketball coach Rachel Kerns said. “They have, I’d probably say, seven players who will go play Division I basketball. Even if we do many things right, they will still be able to out-rebound and run transition. This team is just a really good team.”
The Lady Warriors used three major runs to break the game open in the first half. They opened the game with an 11-0 streak that was broken by two Karsyn Shaffer free throws to make the score 11-2 with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter.
After a Kaylee Jackson field goal for Greenville, Wayne took off on another surge that would continue into the second quarter. This time Chloe McKinney stopped the rally with a basket with 6:15 before the half with the score now 29-6.
The final run carried into the intermission with Wayne outscoring Greenville 17-3 to push out to a 46-9 halftime advantage.
“The first half we gave up 46 points, and the second half we gave up 21,” Coach Kerns said. “My girls could have folded it in and been done. I challenged them to, hey, we can get better for the games we’ve got coming up, and I think my girls took that to heart.”
The Lady Wave managed to hang in there on the backboards with the much taller Lady Warriors. Greenville pulled down 31 rebounds, 10 by sophomore Payton Brandenburg, which is eight more than the Wave collected the previous game versus Milton-Union.
“Wayne is a very good team, and I can’t say anything negative about the heart and hustle my girls played with tonight,” Coach Kerns concluded.
Wayne raises its record to 5-1 while the loss drops Greenville to 1-6.
The Greenville junior varsity is now 5-2 with its 39-35 victory over Wayne.
Morgan-Elliott 8, Muntz 3, Parker 8, Bohanon 15, Trice 1, McGruder 26, Danson 6.
Shaffer 6, Cable 2, Brandenburg 1, Cromwell 1, McKinney 4, Wenning 4, Jackson 5.
3-pointers: W: 3(Parker 2, Bohanon); G: 1(Jackson).