GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave JV team earned a come from behind MVL win over the visiting West Carrollton Lady Pirates in Greenville’s final home game of the 2022-2023 season on a night six Lady Wave varsity players were honored on senior night in the late game.
“Coach Liette quoted Swig (Laura Swigart Germann) before the game and told the girls, ‘one thing you do not do in a JV game is lose on senior night’ and that is kind of how we came out,” said first year JV coach, Craig Riethman. “It was pretty cool to hear and it was cool to see the girls come through with that at the end.”
The Lady Wave took advantage of five Ava Loudy first quarter points to lead 9-6 after one quarter of play.
Period No. 2 went to Greenville by a 13-11 score sending the teams to the break with the Lady Wave owning a 5-point 22-17 halftime advantage. Five Lady Wave dented the second quarter scoreboard led by Brook Schmidt’s 5-points.
West Carrollton battled back outscoring Greenville 23-9 giving the visitors a 9-point 40-31 lead with one quarter to play.
“We gave up 23-points in the third quarter which is obviously way too much,” Riethman stated. “Things got a little bit sloppy. We looked like we didn’t know where to go at times and how to handle their pressure.”
Greenville stepped up its game at both ends of the court using all seven minutes on the fourth quarter clock to pull out a 47-45 senior night win. Madison Hutchins paced the Lady Wave’s fourth with a basket and 5-6 at the charity stripe good for 7-points.
“Their guards were really quick,” said Riethman. “When they would get around us we really didn’t have a match for that so we pulled back a little bit in the fourth quarter and we held them to five which give us a chance to get back in it and win the game.”
Greenville got balance scoring with eight Lady Wave making it in the scoring column.
“Very well balanced scoring and eight girls on the scoreboard,” noted Riethman. “We sub quite a bit and the girls get put in positions they’re not always used to. For the most part they adjust pretty well but when we play a team that has some quicker players than us we get a little bit lost.”
Coach Riethman has seen progress from the first game of the season and is pleased with the future of Lady Wave basketball.
“I’m really excited to see how things come along,” said Coach Riethman. “Nobody has a spot next year but there is a place for everyone if they show up. I’m really looking forward and excited for the offseason to get these girls in the weight room to work on their agility and their skill level.”
“I was really excited to see how the coaches work as a group and how they work together,” Riethman added. “It has been a very positive environment.”
GREENVILLE 47, XENIA 45
GREENVILLE – M. Hutchens 12, A. Loudy 10. E. Fugett 9, J. Lyons 5, B. Schmidt 5, S. Loudy 3, L. Wisner 2, A. Arnet 1 – TOTALS 15 17-27 0 47
WEST CARROLLTON – Grundy 23, Bowles 7, Harris 5, Pittman 4, Myles 3, Kadi 3 – TOTALS 11 8-12 5 45
West Carrollton 5 (Gandy 2, Harris 1, Kadi 1, Bowles 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
09-13-09-16 47 Greenville JV
06-11-23-05 45 West Carrollton JV