GREENVILLE – The visiting Trotwood-Madison Lady Rams needed a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Lady Wave 55-45 in a Saturday afternoon matchup.
“Effort – everything that we talk about, what we want within our program and what we need this season, they just went out there and they did it this afternoon,” said Greenville coach Rachel Kerns. “Unfortunately we ended up falling a little short. Even the 10-points really looks a lot worse than it was because we had to foul at the end.”
The Lady Rams came into the game sporting a 7-2 record and 5-0 in GWOC play with their two losses coming to Centerville and Columbus Pickerington North. The smothering Trotwood defense has held Fairborn to 38-points, West Carrollton 21-points, Xenia 17-points, Stebbins 19-points, Piqua 28-points, and Springfield 37-points before giving up 45-points on the day to the Lady Wave.
The much larger Trotwood team took the opening quarter 17-14 and the second period by a 15-10 score to take a 32-24 lead to the halftime break.
The Lady Wave battle back in period No. 3 outscoring the Lady Rams 16-8 to take the teams to the final quarter of play with the teams tied 40-40.
A Saki Nakamura 3-pointer to open fourth quarter scoring had the Lady Wave leading 43-40 with 7:42 showing only to have the visitors use a 15-2 run including 7-7 at the line to close out scoring on the day for the win.
“Annie Hayes had two really big ‘and ones’ – she works so hard in practice so it’s nice to see that rewarded,” Kerns said. “Saki (Nakamura) did a phenomenal job rebounding the basketball today and Jada (Garland), (Haleigh) Mayo – they hit some outside shots. It wasn’t one girl. It was just everybody. We will use this to move forward – that’s the best thing.”
S. Leigh led Trotwood and all scorers with a game high 25-points.
“They knew our biggest weakness on the defensive end,” said Kerns. “We didn’t have anybody to match-up with 32 (Leigh). She did a little bit more than we were anticipating. Physically we just didn’t have the same size as what she could bring to the table.”
Missing from the Lady Wave lineup the entire 2018-19 season to date is last year’s floor general, leading scoring and assist leader, Morgan Gilbert. After a long rehab, Gilbert will take the court for the first time this season, Wednesday night on the road at West Carrollton.
“Starting Wednesday we are full roster – we are healthy,” said Coach Kerns. “We have everybody back on Wednesday.”
TROTWOOD-MADISON 55, GREENVILLE 45
TROTWOOD-MADISON – S. Leigh 25, K. Millerton 15, Q. Huffman 10, G. McIntyre 2, H. Gooden 2, S. Leigh 1 – TOTALS 17 9-15 4 55
GREENVILLE – H. Mayo 12, J. Garland 11, S. Nakamura 8, A. Hayes 6, N. Davidson 4, K. Elliott 4 – TOTALS 11 8-12 5 45
Trotwood-Madison 4 (Q. Huffman 2, S. Leigh 20
Greenville 5 (J. Garland 3, H. Mayo 1, S. Nakamura 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
17-15-08-15 55 Trotwood-Madison
14-10-16-05 45 Greenville
PHOTO CAPTION: Jada Garland drills one of her three 3-pointers to go along with a 2-pointer giving the Lady Wave senior 11-points in game with the Lady Rams. (Gaylen Blosser photo)