Defense powers Greenville Lady Wave over Piqua

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave successfully executed a defensive game plan to defeat the visiting Piqua Lady Indians 42-28 in a Wednesday night GWOC American North game notching their 12th win of the season.

“Giving up 13 points in a half – that’s pretty good defense,” said Greenville coach Rachael Kerns. “We did a really good job defensively the entire game.”

The win was the second of the season over the Lady Indians for the Lady Wave having defeated Piqua 24-22 on December 16th.

“The last time we played Piqua we didn’t have Cromwell,” Kerns said. “The last two games we’ve had to go without Morgan (Gilbert) so it was exciting to get to have our full lineup ready to go to night,”

A slow start greeted the Lady Wave with the Lady Indians opening play with a 4-0 lead in the first minute and half of play.

Morgan Gilbert made her return to the starting lineup from an injury that had the sophomore starting point guard sidelined for two games to use a drive to the basket getting the Lady Wave on the board.

“It was really nice getting Morgan back,” Kerns noted. “She is able to provide an attack from the top that we haven’t had the last couple games.”

Haleigh Mayo made it a 4-4 game at 4:44 in the first going 2-2 at the line followed by a Piqua bucket to put the visitors back on top 6-4.

A Gilbert 6-foot jumper in the paint knotted the score at 6-6 and back-to-back Saki Nakamura free throws had the Lady Wave owning an 8-6 after one period of play.

Piqua took the lead back at 9-8 in the opening minute of the second before the Lady Wave would use a 10-4 run sending the teams to the break with GHS holding an 18-13 advantage.

Gilbert led the Lady Wave with four second quarter points, Koryann Elliott added a basket and Payton Brandenburg and Saki Nakamura each went 2-2 at the line.

Greenville’s defense limited the visitors to six third period points while six Lady Wave put points on the board to lead 32-19 after three periods of play.

“That first half we really struggled but the third quarter we came out and put a pretty good quarter together,” Kerns said.

Lani Shilt and Jada Garland both hit three pointers, Cassie Cromwell was good for three points, Gilbert and Mayo each contributed a basket and Nakamura added a free throw.

Period No. 4 had the Lady Wave extending their lead to 38-20 with 3:52 showing on their way to an impressive win to give Greenville a 9-5 conference record.

Gilbert led Greenville and all players with a game high 13 points.

“Not only can Morgan (Gilbert) get to the rim, she gives the right pass,” Kerns stated. “By doing that it opens up Saki (Nakamura) and P (Payton Brandenberg) to be able to drive to the basket.”

“Jada (Garland) didn’t get a lot of looks from the outside but that’s also the reason Morgan was able to go to the basket,” added Kerns. “They play so tight on Jada because she is such a threat – so it’s fun how other teams now are figuring out what our strengths are and now we get to figure out what their weaknesses are.”

BOXSCORE:

GREENVILLE 42, PIQUA 28

LADY WAVE – M. Gilbert 13, H. Mayo 8, S. Nakamura 6, C. Cromwell 3, L. Shilt 3, J. Garland 3, P. Brandenberg 2, K. Elliott 2, A. Hayes 2 – TOTALS 11 14-19 2 42

LADY INDIANS – K. Magateaux 10, L. Stewart 8, S. Sloan 3, K. Bachman 3, L. Williams 2, E. Powell 2 – TOTALS 28

3-POINTERS
GREENVILLE 2 (L. Shilt 1, J. Garland 1)
PIQUA 0

SCORE by QUARTERS:
08-10-14-10 42 Greenville
06-07-06-09 28 Piqua

PHOTO CAPTION: Morgan Gilbert drives to the basket scoring two of her game high 13 points for the Lady Wave in win over Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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