Strong finish lifts Greenville girls basketball over Holland


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:20 am on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

GREENVILLE — A combination of shots inside and outside helped the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team overcome a slow first half and third quarter deficit.

The Yellow Jackets led 20-15 at halftime, but found themselves down late in the third quarter. Leah Somerfield helped inside while Sam O’Herron and Mackenzy Nichols helped outside in the Yellow Jacktes 47-35 victory over the Holland Dutch on Tuesday night.

“We got stuck on 20 and we had opportunities to finish at the rim and didn’t,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said of the third quarter. “We had opportunities at the free throw line and didn’t cash in.

“We got into that little stalemate, the funk that we are trying to stay away from. It’s a game of runs,” he added.

Holland opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run to take a 23-22 advantage with 3:00 minutes remaining in the quarter. It was Holland’s first lead of the game.

After a basket by Somerfield regained the Greenville lead, Raechel Kamphuis hit her second straight shot for the Dutch to lead 25-24.

“We were playing together pretty well. I think we figured some things out and played with some poise,” Holland coach Dan Telgenhof said. “Early on we were kind of throwing the ball around.”

Two free throws by Somerfield and a basket by Taylor Baker gave Greenville a 28-25 lead. They would not trail again.

“They made shots and we didn’t. That was the big difference,” Nichols said. “In the fourth quarter we finally made shots. We got a couple of good things on the inside and hit some perimeter shots.”

Greenville opened the fourth quarter with an 11-3 run to open a 41-30 advantage and put the game out of reach.

Somerfield scored six of her game-high 20 points during that stretch.

“I thought Leah (Somerfield) did a nice job in the fourth quarter,” Telgenhof said. “She is tough to guard and we knew that coming in. She is a great player and Greenville really looked to go to her. We didn’t have an answer.”

O’Herron scored nine points off the bench and was able to find Somerfield underneath with some post passes. Nichols added eight points. Bernth scored four points.

“I thought we had some kids come off the bench and gave us a spark tonight,” Nichols said. “I thought O’Herron (Sam) and Bernth (Britta) did a nice job off the bench.”

Kelsey Morford led Holland with 11 points. Kamphuis added eight points.

The Dutch fired 20 three-point attempts and connected on six.

Holland dropped to 2-8 overall and will face Grand Rapids Union on Friday. The Yellow Jackets are 7-3 overall and will travel to Lowell on Friday.

BOX SCORE

Holland 6 9 12 8 — 35

Greenville 12 8 10 17 — 47

HOLLAND (2-8) — Silva 3 0-0 7, Kamphuis 3 0-0 8, Harrell 2 0-0 4, Vanderkooi 0 1-2 1, Morford 3 2-4 11, Rickets 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 3-8 34. Three-point goals: Morford 3, Kamphuis 2, Silva. Fouled out: Vanderkooi.

GREENVILLE (7-3) — Baker 1 0-0 2, Nichols 3 1-2 8, O’Herron 3 3-5 9, Ralph 0 1-2 1, O’Brien 1 0-0 2, Dunham 0 1-5 1, Somerfield 8 4-4 20, Bernth 2 0-0 4. Totals: 18 10-18 47. Three-point goals: Nichols. Fouled out: None.

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