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GREEENVILLE - The Greenville girls basketball team’s early intensity carried them into their first season win on Saturday, toppling over the Xenia Buccs by 58-45.
“It’s amazing. The kids have been working so hard,” Greenville girls basketball coach Kyle Vanover said. “They really feel they’re getting better day in and day out.”
Greenville came into Saturday’s game with an 0-3 record and a chip on their shoulders. Instead of packing it in, they used their past three games as motivation for their first victory.
“They’re starting to believe in themselves, and I think that’s the main difference, because the intensity has been there the last three games,” Vanover said. “We just didn’t execute. Tonight we did.”
Greenville’s Megan Galloway put in first quarter pressure for early momentum, which the Wave carried throughout most of the game.
The Buccs only led once when Galloway gained two fouls and was benched with 3:50 left in the first.
But Greenville picked up control again early in the second period, thanks in part to dead-on shooting from the whole team.
“We’ve been working so hard on (Haleigh) Luce, Tara (Guillozet), Paige (Tester), (Jessica) Kerg, getting them to shoot the basketball. If they don’t shoot it, they can double or triple team Megan (Galloway). So we have to make sure they can still come out and guard us and feel that they’re scorers. And they did that tonight and it showed.”
In a testament to the team’s basketball I.Q., Vanover said the Wave learned its man-to-man defense against Xenia on Monday, and he saw his team alternate between zone schemes without a problem.
“The intensity was there. The kids understand basketball,” Vanover said.
Xenia tried to dip into Greenville’s 15 point lead in the second half, but only managed to take the game within seven points.
Greenville never lost control in the fourth, geared up its lead by thirteen points and ended Saturday with their first season win.
Galloway dominated the game with 26 points, followed by Erin Albright with ten and Tara Guillozet with eight. Galloway also earned three assists and tied with Albright and Guillozet for three steals each.
“We celebrate tonight, enjoy tonight, then come back on Monday and get better,” Vanover said.
The Lady Wave’s next game is on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Fort Recovery.