GREENVILLE – The Stebbins Lady Indians got a late scoring run to down the Lady Wave 45-41 in Wednesday night MVL basketball action.
“We could have very easily come in here and laid an egg and they didn’t – they battled,” said GHS coach, Rachael Kerns. “We had some hard moments, a few minutes here and there but we still gave ourselves a chance.”
The Lady Indians jumped out to a 10-3 lead in at 4:04 in the opening period of play before the Lady Wave battled back with a 9-0 run to lead 12-10 at the 1:04 mark in the first quarter and would take a 1 point lead after one compete.
Stebbins held Greenville to three second quarter points while posting 10 points taking a 23-15 lead to the break.
“We need to be better defensively and when we can turn our defense into offense a lot of good things happen,” Kerns stated. “Our best offense today was making it go in transition.”
The Lady Wave turned the tables on the Stebbins in Period No. 3 outscoring the visitors 13-6 including a Minaxi Pandey 4 point play by way of a 3-pointer and free throw to pull within one, 29-28 with a quarter to play.
“That was a really big swing,” Kerns said of the 4 point play. “She (Pandey) had a really fantastic game, all the way around she played a really fantastic game.”
The Lady Wave grabbed a 36-33 lead at 4:11 in the fourth and held a 38-36 advantage with 2:25 on the fourth quarter board only to have the visitors use an 8-3 run to close out scoring on the night and earn a 4 point MVL win.
“They are always hard,” Kerns said of the loss. “I just told them we have one choice to make from this. We can be upset, we can sulk about it or we can learn to grow from it. There is nothing harder than in the middle of your season when you have to find your identity again. It’s really hard to do when we are not at full strength. It’s just the reality of where we’re at in our season. There’s still a lot of basketball left.”
Pandey led Greenville and all scorers with a game high 18 points.
Stebbins 45, GREENVILLE 41
STEBBINS – A. Weimer 13, K. Roche 10, T. Kielbaso 8, Z. Ledbetter 7, A. Fritz 5, S. Holt 2 – TOTALS 11 8-15 5 45
GREENVILLE – M. Pandey 18, S. Fletcher 11, M. Lind 7, L. Wright 3, G. Thacker 2 – TOTALS 10 6-17 5 41
Covington 4 (Harrington 2, Gostomsky 1, M. Anderson 1)
Riverside 2 (Stewart 2)
SCORE by QUARTERS
13-10-06-16 45 Stebbins
12-03-13-13 41 Greenville