GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team will look to continue its development under second year head coach Eric Nichols.
The Yellow Jackets finished a year ago with a winning record at 12-10, but could have won a few more games with stronger finishes.
“One of the things we are looking to improve on is our ability to finish games late in the season,” Nichols said.
An example was last year’s season ending loss to Northview in the district semifinals. The Yellow Jackets lost 48-42, but the game was tied at 40 with one minute to play.
Greenville made a late turnover and Northview hit all six of its free throws.
“We’ve had probably four games we gave away. We all agreed it was legit,” Nichols said last year after the game.
The Yellow Jackets return six players including O-K White honorable mention Leah Somerfield. She averaged 12.8 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game. Somerfield, a junior, was The Daily News girls basketball player of the year.
Also returning are Taylor Baker (guard), Britta Bernth (forward), Megan O’Brien (guard), Sam O’Herron (guard) and Kae Page (forward).
“Megan loves to compete and plays hard,” Nichols said. “Taylor is athletic and tough-minded.”
Gone to graduation are Katie Dunham, Mackenzy Nichols and Anna Ralph.
Five of the six returning players are seniors.
“We have a lot of senior leadership and a strong team chemistry,” Nichols said. “We are looking to contend for the O-K Bronze title.”
As for the league, Nichols said, “New division, equals unknown.”
Greenville begins the season with two home games. They team faces Muskegon Reeths Puffer next Tuesday and Belding on Nov. 30.
Greenville’s first road game is Dec. 7 at NorthPointe Christian.