Greenville girls basketball struggles in loss to Lowell


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 11:14 am on Monday, February 20, 2012

Greenville’s Katie Dunham drives the ball toward the basket during Friday’s 39-31 loss to Lowell. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

GREENVILLE — Too many turnovers and too many missed shots.

That was the story for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team on Friday in a 39-31 loss to the Lowell Red Arrows.

“We have good looks, but don’t score the ball,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said. “Defensively, we were very good tonight. Offensively, we were anemic.”

Lowell couldn’t buy a basket in the first half, either, as they led just 14-9 at the break. Greenville got a point back in the third quarter to trail 23-19 after three quarters.

“I think tonight became a night where the girls really pressured themselves once we didn’t score,” Nichols said. “I hope it’s not a mental thing because one of the things we talk about is being mentally tough.

“You’re going to have highs and you’re going to have lows. You just have to continue to battle and that is what we are going to do,” he added.

The Yellow Jackets got to within a point at 32-31 with just 1:13 remaining. Unfortunately, they couldn’t score again.

“We cut it to one and couldn’t get a bucket and couldn’t get a stop,” Nichols said. “Those little things start adding up at the end of the game.”

The Red Arrows closed out the game by making 7-of-8 free throws.

Leah Somerfield led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points while Katie Dunham added 12 points.

Greenville fell to 10-8 overall and 3-6 in the O-K White. Lowell improved to 8-11 and 5-5 in the league.

The Yellow Jackets will travel to face Kenowa Hills on Tuesday. They close out the regular season on Friday at Northview and begin districts on Feb. 27.

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