Greenville ready for host FH Northern

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:34 am on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Greenville senior Kae Page fires up a shot over a defender from Forest Hills Eastern during their final home game this season. The Yellow Jackets are 17-4 overall.

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team has lost just four times this season.

One of those losses was at Forest Hills Northern (31-29) on Feb. 5. Greenville will have the chance to avenge that loss tonight in the semifinals on the Class A District No. 7 tournament.

The Yellow Jackets easily defeated Lowell 52-37 on Monday in the opening round of the tournament. Junior Leah Somerfield led the way with 27 points and 15 rebounds.

“I thought we played really well, especially offensively,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said. “We were aggressive and really got at the offensive glass, which was one of our pre game objectives.”

Kae Page added seven points, while Sam O’Herron finished with six points.

Greenville (17-4) won its regular season finale 57-54 at Grand Rapids West Catholic on Friday. They were sloppy in a loss on Feb. 20 at home against Forest Hills Eastern.

“I have five seniors and they are playing with a sense of urgency and that is a good thing,” Nichols said. “I think the loss (FHE) kind of refocused what this senior group really wants to do. They want to go out with a bang.”

In the loss to Northern (9-11), the Yellow Jackets trailed 13-5 after the first quarter, but was tied at the end of three after Greenville held the Huskies scoreless in the third.

In the game at home on Dec. 21, the Yellow Jackets won 43-39, but led 34-21 after three quarters.

“I thought at our place we handled them pretty well until the last five minutes of the game,” Nichols said. “We got kind of silly with the ball and they hit some shots they haven’t all year.

“Down there we were just flat as a pancake. I think it was one of those Tuesday in February games and the girls had not done that, except for that night,” he added

Nichols doesn’t expect another slow start from his team tonight.

“We are going to come ready to play,” Nichols said. “I expect us to play well.”

Defense and finishing will be the keys again for Greenville if they are to reach the district final.

“We will have to defend better than we did down there,” Nichols said. “We will have to rebound the ball and eliminate second chance shots for them.

“On the offensive end, we will just have to finish the way we did Monday night,” he added.

Forest Hills Central defeated Rockford 45-43 in the first round and will face Forest Hills Eastern in the other district semifinal tonight at 5:30 p.m. Greenville plays tonight following at 7 p.m.

The winners of tonight’s games will meet Friday in the district finals at FH Northern at 7 p.m.

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