GREENVILLE – The Geenville Lady Wave defeated the Stivers Lady Tigers 71-24 earning a Monday night non-conference win.
“We came in and did what we had to do tonight,” said Greenville coach Rachel Kerns. “Everybody got to play, everybody did a lot of good things – just mark it up as a W.”
Greenville jumped out to a 22-3 lead after one period of play led by 10 Haleigh Mayo-Behnken points including a 3-pointer, five Koryann Elliott points, a Jada Garland 3-pointer and a basket each from Nyesha Wright and Annie Hayes.
The Lady Wave continued its smothering defense in Period No. 2 taking the quarter by a 19-2 score with Coach Kerns emptying the bench including many JV players to send the teams to the break with Greenville well in command with a 41-5 lead over the visiting Dayton school.
The first half we just came out and did exactly what we had to do,” Kerns said. “That was the whole game plan – just talk defensively, just do what we have to do and the girls really did that.”
Chloe Sowry paced the Lady Wave with seven second quarter points including a triple, Mayo-Behnken and Elliot each tossed in four points including 2-2 at the line and Morgan Gilbert and Taylor Yates each accounted for a field goal.
Period No. 3 went to Greenville by a 21-12 score led by Garland’s nine points coming by way of three 3-pointers, Gilbert with 4-points, and Mayo-Behnken, Wright, Elliott and Hayes each knocking down a bucket with the Lady Wave up 62-17 with one period to play.
The final quarter of the night went to Greenville 9-7 with Nyesha Wright coming off the bench to score eight points and Yates hitting a free throw to put eight Lady Wave in the scoring column for the night.
“This was a really good game for us to have at this point in our season,” said Kerns. “We’re in a pretty tough stretch with Troy, Butler and Tipp all in a row. To throw this game in its really kind of nice and they are in our sectional so it gives us another vote (tournament draw) Sunday when we go meet with everybody.”
Mayo-Benken led the Greenville girls and all scorers with a game high 16-points while Wright and Garland each put up 12-points and Elliott added 11-points giving GHS four scoring in double digits in the non-conference win.
“Anytime any team gets four in double figures you’re probably going to be on the right side of it at the end,” Kerns stated. “It was a great game that a lot of people got a lot of minutes.”
GREENVILLE 71, STIVERS 24
GREENVILLE – H. Mayo-Behnken 16, N. Wright 12, J. Garland 12, K. Elliott 11, C. Sowry 7, M. Gilbert 6, A. Hayes 4, T. Yates 3 – TOTALS 23 7-16 6 71
STIVERS – A. Williams 11, C. Taylor 5, K. Edley 4, J. Phipps 2, S. Jones 2 – TOTALS 9 6-8 0 24
Greenville 6 (J. Garland 4, H. Mayo-Behnken 1, C. Sowry 10
SCORE by QUARTERS:
22-19-21-09 71 Greenville
03-02-12-07 24 Stivers
PHOTO CAPTION: Morgan Gilbert brings the ball up-court for the Lady Wave in lopsided win over Stivers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)