GRAND RAPIDS — The trip to Cornerstone University for the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament wasn’t a complete loss for Greenville’s girls basketball team.
The Yellow Jackets salvaged a split of their two games, winning the consolation game against Zeeland East 50-45 Wednesday night.
“I thought we played better (Wednesday) and that was the one thing; that the other night we didn’t run our stuff and tonight I thought we did a good job running our stuff,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said.
Early on it looked like the Chix were going to make it a long-range bombing contest, shooting four three-point shots in the first quarter to get up 12-6.
“They (Zeeland East) have not been known to shoot the ball that well,” Nichols said. “They banked a couple of threes in and that is going to happen on some nights, but what they didn’t get is anything inside.”
Still, Greenville (4-2) was down just one 14-13 after the first eight minutes. The Jackets allowed only one field goal after the threes until 3:20 was left in the second quarter.
“One thing we did do early was we didn’t finish,” Nichols said. “That’s one thing we’ve been stressing the last couple of weeks. I really thought we were aggressive, took the ball to the hole and had good shots, just didn’t finish.”
The Jackets were down 24-20 at halftime, then came out with a 6-0 run over the first 2:08 of the third quarter to take the lead.
“I think we got up seven at one time and I really kind of thought we would put it away,” Nichols said. “Then they ended up bombing a couple of threes to keep them in the game. We hit a couple of free throws down the stretch to keep the cushion.”
Leah Somerfield finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Katie Dunham added 11 points to the win.
The Chix were led by Britta Ebels with 11 and Aubrey Ende with 10. The Chix lost despite making eight threes.
“I don’t think they hit eight all year,” Nichols said.
“I’m happy with the way the kids (Greenville) grinded (Wednesday). We could have had our chins down but we didn’t, we competed and that was good.”
Greenville’s next game is against Grand Rapids Creston on Jan. 6.