Lady Wave Opens Season With Big Win Over Eaton

Great start for our young Lady Wave basketball team ... Coach Rachael Kerns

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Greenville freshman Megan Loudy knocks down a shot to lead the Lady Wave with 20 points in season opening win over Eaton Lady Eagles. (Chris Norris photo)

 

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave took advantage of a strong second half to defeat the visiting Eaton Lady Eagles 72-42 in non-conference varsity action.

“Great start for our young Lady Wave basketball team,” said veteran Greenville coach, Rachael Kerns. “Great team win.”

Megan Lind drives to the basket for a Lady Wave score in win over Eaton. (Chris Norris photo)

Greenville trailed early with the Lady Eagles taking a 15-13 lead after one quarter of play opening 2023-2024 regular season play. Freshman Megan Loudy paced the Lady Wave with 6 first-quarter points coming on two three-pointers.

Avery Baumann looks to pass for Greenville in Lady Wave season opening win over Eaton. (Chris Norris photo)

Balanced Lady Wave second-period scoring had Greenville taking the period 15-11 with six players getting in the scoring column sending the teams to the break with Greenville holding a slim two-point 28-26 advantage.

The Lady Wave took ownership of second-half play outscoring the visitor 44-16 starting with a 22-7 third-quarter outburst to lead 50-33. Brooke Schmidt led Greenville with eight third-quarter points.

Brooke Schmidt scores 2 of her 19 points in 72-42 Lady Wave win over Eaton Lady Eagles. (Chris Norris photo)

The Greenville girls made it back-to-back 22-point quarter taking the fourth by a 22-9 count giving the local ladies an impressive 72-42 season-opening win. Megan Loudy paced the Lady Wave with seven fourth-quarter points including her third triple of the night.

Ava Loudy drives the ball up-court for Greenville in team’s win over Eaton. (Chris Norris photo)

“Freshman Megan Loudy had about as good a start as any player could have for her first high school basketball game,” Coach Kerns noted. “She had a game-high 20 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 6 steals. She was fearless, especially for game one.”

“Megan Lind collected 12 rebounds, 4 assists, had 2 steals, and a blocked shot to go along with 8 points,” Kerns continued. “Brooke Schmidt had a fantastic start for her first varsity start with 19 points and 16 rebounds – strong presence on the defensive end and grabbed any rebound she could get her hands on. Jayda Lyons, Sara Loudy, and Maddie Hutchens all played exactly like we needed them to for us to be successful.”

Greenville’s Jayda Lyons looks to pass for the Lady Wave in non-conference win over Eaton. (Chris Norris photo)

Back from an early 2022-23 season-ending injury for then-freshman starting guard; Avery Baumann took her place in the Lady Wave lineup.

“It was great having Avery Baumann back on the court after a season-ending injury last year,” stated Kerns. “She was calm and collected and kept us in check offensively the entire game. Her presence out there is needed. She had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists for a solid all-around game.”

Megan Loudy led Greenville and all scorers with a game-high 20 points.

Greenville outrebounded the Eaton Lady Eagles 52-28 with 27 Lady Wave boards coming at the offensive end of the court.

BOXSCORE:

GREENVILLE 72, EATON 42

GREENVILLE – M. Loudy 20, B. Schmidt 19, A. Baumann 8, M. Lind 8, M. Hutchens 6, J. Lyons 4, S. Loudy 4, J. Norris 3 – TOTALS 23 11-21 5 72

EATON – E. Hargis 11, O. Orr 7, G. Copper 6, S. Stewert 6, C. Ruebush 5, C. Miller 5, A. Couch 2 – TOTALS 8 5-8 7 42

3-POINTERS

Greenville 4 (M. Loudy 3, A. Baumann 1, J. Norris 1)

Eaton 7 (G. Copper 2, E. Hargis 2, S. Stewart 2, C. Ruebush 10

SCORE by QUARTERS

13-15-22-22 72 Greenville

15-11-07-09 42 Eaton