WEST CARROLLTON – The Greenville Lady Wave took advantage of a strong Wednesday night second half to earn 46-29 road win over the West Carrollton Lady Pirates.
“The most proud that I am of the girls is; we didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first half and still went in with an eight point halftime lead,” said Greenville coach Rachel Kerns. “For us not to be able to shoot well and still find a way to lead, it says a lot of where we’ve come from.”
The Lady Wave took the opening period with Jada Garland sinking two 3-pointers good for 6-points and six Haleigh Mayo points by way of three baskets to give the Greenville a 12-10 lead after one period of play.
After a devastating injury and lengthy rehabilitation, Morgan Gilbert, the Lady Wave’s 2017-2018 leading scorer and assist leader made her first appearance of the 2018-2019 season minutes into the opening period.
“Just the energy, the confidence that everybody has just because she is out here,” Coach Kerns noted of Gilbert’s return to the lineup. “She is feisty and quick. She does so many great things for us but the biggest aspect about having her back is just the confidence everybody else has now.”
“Unfortunately for Morgan, it was game number one and there were a lot of game number one things,” Kerns added. “Still working to get more confident that she is physically ok to go.”
Gilbert got on the board with her first bucket of the season at 3:58 in the second with a driving layup to the hoop.
Mayo led Greenville in second period scoring knocking down two 3-pointers with the Lady Wave taking the period 12-6 before the teams headed to the break with GHS holding 24-16 advantage.
“Jada (Garland) hit back-to-back threes in the first and Mayo come in and hit back-to-back threes in the second,” noted Kerns.
The Lady Wave put the game away in the third outscoring the home team 16-3 to take a 40-19 lead to the final period of play.
“I told the girls everything was great in the first half,” Kerns said. “We executed defensively fine, gave up a few transition baskets and the looks we were getting were awesome in the first half. At the end of the game, the third quarter we hit our shots – the first and second quarter we didn’t.”
Greenville got balanced third quarter scoring with Mayo, Lani Shilt and Saki Nakamura each knocking down a pair of baskets and Natea Davidson and Koryann Elliott each adding a bucket.
The Lady Pirates took the final period 10-6 while Coach Kerns cleared her bench giving valuable varsity experience to her younger players.
“With the addition of Morgan (Gilbert), I get to bring Mayo out a little bit,” Coach Kerns said. “We are just a better shooting team but it always helps when you hit a few shots, especially 4-threes in the first half.”
Haleigh Mayo led Greenville and all scorers with a game high 18-points.
GREENVILLE 46, WEST CARROLLTON 29
GREENVILLE – H. Mayo 18, J. Garland 8, S. Nakamura 6, L. Shilt 4, N. Davidson 4, K. Elliott 4, M. Gilbert 2 – TOTALS 16 2-8 4 46
WEST CARROLLTON – J. Seege 12, K. Champaco 10, E. Liva 2, H. Bertke 2, T. Dewberry 2 – TOTALS 8 4-6 3 29
Greenville 4 (H. Mayo 2, J. Garland 2)
West Carrollton 3 (K. Champaco 3)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
12-12-16-06 46 Greenville
10-06-03-10 29 West Carrollton
PHOTO CAPTION: Haleigh Mayo drives the lane for two of her game high 18-points for the Lady Wave in win over West Carrollton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)