GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave varsity basketball team came up short losing to the St. Marys Roughriders 45-39 in a game that saw seven lead changes and seven ties.
“We played hard. It was close,” said Greenville varsity coach Bill Plessinger. “We knew this was a winnable game. We had a chance all the way to the end.”
Karlee Lennen hit a 12-footer to give the Lady Wave a 2-0 lead with 24-seconds off the game clock.
First quarter balanced scoring had Greenville taking a 12-10 lead into the second quarter on four points from Lennen and two each from Kirsten Davis, Rachel Foreman, Haleigh Luce and Chloe McKinney.
The Wave took a 15-14 lead at 2:59 in the second period on a Davis putback before falling behind 18-15.
Lennen pulled Greenville within one point at 2:16 knocking down a basket with the help of a Luce assist.
Trailing 21-17 the Wave’s Lennen scored from inside the paint at 0:32 to pull the Lady Wave within two points at 21-19 moving to the halftime break.
Greenville faced an early third quarter deficit trailing 28-21 at 4:35 on the clock.
Eight unanswered Wave points from Luce going 2-2 at the line, a Luce bucket in the lane with an assist from Abigail Miller, Davis getting all net on a trey and a Davis free throw gave Greenville a 29-28 lead at 2:13 in the third period.
“I thought we played pretty aggressively against them tonight,” said Plessinger.
St. Marys closed out the quarter on a 6-2 run to lead 34-31 heading to the final period of play.
The Lady Wave battled back from an early fourth quarter 36-31 deficit at 7:27 on the clock tying the game at 36-36 with clutch free throw shooting from Paige Tester going 2-2 at the line and Tester following up with a three pointer for the seventh tie of the game at 4:17.
“We are just so close,” Plessinger stated. “If we eliminate a mistake here, a mistake there, hit a shot here, a shot there, it’s all a different ballgame.”
The Roughriders outscored the Wave 9-3 including five free throws over the final four minutes taking a 45-39 win.
“We’re not moving our feet and that gets us in foul trouble. We’ve been in foul trouble the last three games,” said Plessinger. “After 10 games there are no more excuses. We’re making mistakes we shouldn’t be making.”