GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave JV squad defeated the visiting Trotwood-Madison Lady Wave JV basketball team 37-33 after trailing in the Saturday GWOC game.
“Very, very good win,” said Greenville JV coach Laura Swigart. “At one point we were down 5-points and it didn’t faze them. We just kept inching our way back. Going into the fourth quarter we might have been down one or two points and they just stayed focused and kept fighting.”
Greenville took and early 9-6 lead after one period of play with four Lady Wave; Abbie Yoder, Taylor Yates, Layne Claudy and Lilly Hayes getting in the scoring column.
Period No. 2 went to the Lady Rams by a point, 8-7 with Yoder scoring 4-points and Nyesha Wright adding 3-points sending the teams to the break with Greenville holding a slim 16-14 lead.
The visitors put 13-points on the third quarter board while holding the Lady Wave to 10-points taking a one point, 27-26 lead to the final period of play. Grace Shaffer accounted for half Greenville’s third quarter points hitting a bucket and going 3-4 at the line good for 5-points.
“Grace did two things well today,” noted Swigart. “She played defense, she got some steals out in the top of the zone and turned into transition points for us. She handled the ball incredibly well for us today and that has been our challenge; ‘Grace, you have to take care of the basketball,’ she accepted the challenge and did very well today.”
The Lady Wave earned the win over the Lady Rams moving out to a 35-27 lead at 4:16 in the fourth. The Lady Rams knocked down a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to cut the final score to a 4-point margin of victory. Greenville took the final period 11-6 behind seven Abbie Yoder points and a basket each from Emalee Bowling and Taylor Yates.
“Abbie (Yoder) showed up to play today,” Coach Swigart said. “She did incredibly well. A lot of her points came off of offensive rebounds and put-backs.”
“One hundred percent team win,” added Swigart. “We had some kids, Layne Claudy – new to Greenville, stepping into the system, hasn’t got a whole lot of playing time and she came in and didn’t come off the floor very much. She played well defensively for us, got some rebounds, got some 50-50 balls, got a steal and took the ball to the hole. She was a huge asset for us today – that’s not a name that you normally hear, but had a huge part in what we did today.”
Yoder led the Lady Wave and all scorers with a game high 16 points.
GREENVILLE 37, TROTWOOD-MADISON 33
GREENVILLE – A. Yoder 16, G. Shaffer 5, N. Wright 4, T. Yates 4, L. Hayes 4, E. Bowling 2, L. Claudy 2 – TOTALS 14 9-15 0 37
TROTWOOD-MADISON – A. Dixie 9, N. Moreland 8, K. Releford 7, T. Wallace 4, I. Ahmod 2, K. Houston 2, D. Dunson 1 – TOTALS 13 1-2 1 33
SCORE by QUARTERS:
09-07-10-11 37 Greenville
06-08-13-06 33 Trotwood-Madison
PHOTO CAPTION: Layne Claudy drives to the basket for the Lady Wave JV in win over the Trotwood-Madison Lady Rams. (Gaylen Blosser photo)