Still undefeated: Greenville girls basketball hangs on to beat Lowell 44-34

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:52 am on Saturday, December 15, 2012

LOWELL — Greenville’s girls basketball team continued its early-season roll. The Yellow Jackets used a second-quarter shutout to beat the Lowell Red Arrows 44-34 Friday night.

“We came out and played very well,” Greenville Coach Eric Nichols said.

The Jackets (5-0) jumped out to an 18-13 lead after one quarter.

“We played very well until the mid-second,” Nichols said. “Then, offensively, we had a lot of good looks but we didn’t finish.”

In the second quarter, Greenville got just six points in eight minutes. However, the Yellow Jackets were able to hold off  the Red Arrows.

“We mix and matched some man and zone looks,” Nichols said. “The girls (Greenville) did a fantastic job of rotating. We limited them to just one shot.”

His team’s drop in stamina and game plan at the end stuck out to Nichols.

“At this point, I thought we should have been up 20 at the half,” he said.

The Jackets led 24-13 at the half.

The Red Arrows came out in the third quarter and narrowed the deficit to nine at one point.

“They (Lowell) made their little run but we countered,” Nichols said. “We were comfortable for the entire second half and we executed and did a nice job.”

Greenville still led 33-24 with a quarter to go, and held on for the win.

“I don’t think it got below double digits,” Nichols said of Lowell’s deficit.

Greenville got 12 points from Leah Somerfield.

“Leah’s been consistent. That’s what we look for her to do,” Nichols said.

Taylor Baker added another 10 for the Jackets.

“I thought Taylor was outstanding,” Nichols said. “She pushed the tempo and I thought it was her best game of the year.”

Lowell got 10 points from Aubrey Steed.

The Yellow Jackets will be off until next Friday when they open O-K Bronze Conference play against Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern at North Gym.

“We’re going to polish up what we do and continue to execute in the half court,” Nichols said.

The Huskies used a 23-9 third quarter run to beat Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills 61-37 Friday night for their first win of the season.

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