GREENVILLE — The Lady Wave girls basketball team held back the rust of winter break to steamroll West Carrollton 61-42 on Friday night.
“We really, really went hard,” Greenville girls basketball coach Kyle Vanover said. “I always tell them after holidays that when we’re coming back we’re going to work hard, so I think it paid off.”
Greenville led the charge right out the gates with a five-point run, and the Pirates started plyaing catch-up, which lasted all night long.
“I think it was an all-out effort. I think they were just anxious to get back into the gym after so many snow days and the holidays, and it really showed,” Vanover said.
The game’s tipping point came in the second quarter when West Carrollton streaked for nine and ended the first half 24-18 after being down by 15.
“We made it close there for awhile, and the girls responded in the second half and played hard,” Vanover said.
But after a few early turnovers, the Wave stayed focused and retained control of their the game at-hand.
“The kids are starting to play and not worry about mistakes, get back and hustle and make a defensive play,” Vanover said.
Megan Galloway earned two-thirds of her team’s points in the first half with 16 points and finished the game with 28 total. Erin Albright contributed with 11 points of her own.
“Megan Galloway did her thing again tonight with 28 points,” Vanover said.
And while Galloway provided her team with a strong foundation, each player stepped up in their own way.
Right off the top of the third period, the Wave streaked into eight points, including two treys from Haleigh Luce.
“The two people I thought really played well tonight were Tara Guillozet and Haleigh Luce,” Vanover said. “Haleigh has been struggling with her shooting, but she found her shot tonight. And Tara, we’ve really been working on her confidence with handling the ball, and she did some good things tonight.”
West Carrollton fired back with a five-point run of its own still in the third, but the Wave maintained their 10-point lead.
Despite the late game charge, Greenville refused to slow down by scoring 21 points in the third quarter.
The Pirates ran out of steam in the final quarter and allowed the Wave to outscore them by six, giving Greenville its biggest win of the year.
Greenville’s record is now 4-6, and the team remains optimistic going forward.
“These kids believe. We may struggle, and one week we may not look as good as we did in another, but we’re going to continue to get better,” Vanover said.
The Lady Wave’s next game is against another Greater Western Ohio Conference rival Trotwood-Madison at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
During the junior varsity game Greenville pulled off another win, ending 37-32.