BELDING — In a game marred by fouls and missed free throws it was the Greenville Yellow Jackets defense that stood out.
The Yellow Jackets held the Belding Redskins to three field goals in a 39-13 victory on Friday night at Redskins Arena. The two teams combined for 46 fouls and 56 free throws.
“We were real good on the defensive end,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said. “They are young and I’m glad we got them early on. They will get better as the year goes on.”
Belding scored the games first points on a basket by Stefanie Harig, but the Yellow Jackets finished the quarter on a 12-0 run.
“I thought our young people played really well tonight, which was good,” Nichols said. “They were nervous in game one. Tonight they settled down.”
The second quarter was dominated by fouls and free throw attempts. Greenville went to the free throw line 21 times making eight and Belding reached the line 10 times making five. Add two Greenville field goals and the Yellow Jackets led 22-7 at halftime.
“Right now one of the things bothering us is our execution offensively,” Belding coach Mike Nelson said. “Defensively, I thought we did a decent job, but had too many fouls. The kids worked hard on defense.”
The offensive struggles continued for Belding in the second half. The Redskins scored two field goals and went 2-for-5 from the free throw line.
“We are not getting all of our girls on the same page as to what we need to do on the court,” Nelson said. “That is definitely something we have to keep addressing. There are so many little things we have to do to execute offensively. That is not happening.”
While the Yellow Jackets managed four field goals in the second half they went to the free throw line 20 more times. For the night the Yellow Jackets went 17-for-41 (41 percent) from the line.
“The nice thing is we are getting to the line,” Nichols said. “That was one of our game goals. It comes down to the girls focusing and relaxing when they get there.”
Nichols said his team had good chances to score, but couldn’t get it down.
“We did what we wanted to do. We just didn’t put the ball in the hole,” Nichols said. “We had good looks and you can’t complain about that. It was one of those nights where the rim got small and we struggle a little bit.”
McKenzie Breimayer scored three points for the Redskins. Five other players had two points each. Mindy Reminga had a game-high 13 rebounds and added three steals.
Leah Somerfield led the Yellow Jackets with 11 points. Katie Dunham added seven and Taylor Baker six points. Dunham grabbed 11 rebounds and Somerfield had 10 rebounds.
The Greenville junior varsity team defeated Belding 39-27. Nikota Howe had 12 points and Kylee Moody 11 for Greenville. Monica Baylis led the Redskins with 13 points.
Belding (0-2) will host Portland on Tuesday in the second of six straight games at home. The Yellow Jackets (2-0) are at Grand Rapids Union on Thursday.