Greenville’s season ends with loss to Northview


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:09 am on Thursday, March 01, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS — The inability to make baskets down the stretch cost Greenville’s girls basketball team.

The result was a 48-42 loss to Northview in the Class A district basketball tournament Wednesday.

“The kids played hard. They made some good adjustments,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said. “It came down to a couple of critical plays at the end.”

Early on it looked like the Yellow Jackets (12-10) would do well against the Wildcats (14-7), as Greenville jumped out to a 12-6 lead after one period.

“We hit some shots early and really did a nice job of attacking the box,” Nichols said.

But things changed quickly in the second quarter, as Northview held Greenville to just three points.

“The second quarter was a turnover issue and not valuing the ball,” Nichols said. “We also didn’t score the ball either. We had some open looks and didn’t buck it up.”

The Wildcats had their biggest quarter of the night in the third quarter, outscoring the Jackets 18-11.

“They (Northview) hit four three-point bombs in the third quarter,” Nichols said. “Two of those came from kids who, one hit her first three of the year and one hit her fourth. They were kids who we weren’t worried about scoring. They hit the shots.”

In fact, seven of Northview’s 11 field goals in the game were threes.

Eventually Greenville tied the game at 40 with a minute to go.

“When it was tied up at 40, they (Northview) hit two free throws,” Nichols said. “We came down and turned it over. We ran what we wanted to run and turned it over. We had to pressure and they made free throws. They went 6-for-6 down the stretch down at the free-throw line.”

Leah Somerfield led the Jackets with 17 points and Mackenzie Nichols ended her career with 12.

“We’ve had probably four games we gave away. We all agreed it was legit,” Nichols said. “But we have a lot of young kids coming back. The juniors grew up as the season went along. We’ll have some roles to fill. But I think we’ll have some juniors to fill those shoes.

“Plus we’re switching leagues. Hopefully the kids will commit in the offseason to improving their shooting.”

NORTHVIEW 48, GREENVILLE 42

Northview 6 12 18 12 — 48

Greenville 12 3 11 16 — 42

NORTHVIEW (14-7) — Shomin 5 4-5 18, Baker 1 2-2 5, Crawford 4 9-11 18, Newton 1 0-0 3, Reynolds 0 4-6 4. Totals: 11 19-24 48. Three-point goals: Shomin 4, Baker, Crawford, Newton. Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: none.

GREENVILLE (12-10) — Nichols 4 2-2 12, O’Brien 1 2-4 4, Dunham 1 2-2 4, Bernth 2 0-0 4, Page 0 1-3 1, Somerfield 6 5-8 17. Totals: 14 12-19 42. Three-point goals: Nichols 2. Total fouls: 22. Fouled out: Dunham.

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