Three Yellow Jackets earn O-K Bronze honors

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:19 am on Friday, March 08, 2013

Greenville junior Leah Somerfield goes up for a shot during the Class A district semifinals last week. Somerfield was named first team O-K Bronze.

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team had one of its most successful seasons in school history this year.

Greenville finished the season 18-5 overall with a loss in the district finals, but along the way won the school’s first conference title since 1990.

The success and hard work resulted in three players earning O-K Bronze postseason honors for their play, although, many were deserving.

The O-K Bronze is a six-team league, so rules stipulate the conference first team consists of eight players with four earning honorable mentions. Coaches nominate players and then all coaches vote for respective players.

Greenville junior Leah Somerfield (center) and senior Taylor Baker (point guard) earned first team honors, while Kae Page was named honorable mention.

During the regular season, Somerfield averaged a team-best 15.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. In the first round of the district tournament, Somerfield scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Lowell.

“Leah was an overwhelming selection from the league coaches. Leah lead us in both scoring and rebounding,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said. “She really expanded her game this season and we look for her to continue that next year. She leads by example with her work ethic and passion for the game.”

Baker handled the ball for the Yellow Jackets and used her speed and quickness to her advantage. She averaged 5.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

Taylor Baker brings the ball up the court for the Yellow Jackets this season.

“Taylor was very improved this season and lead us in assists, steals and was our third leading scorer,” Nichols said. “She came to compete night in and night out.”

Page, a forward, came off the bench to average 5.6 points during the regular season. She was a dangerous threat from the outside and drained 27 three-pointers.

She hit five three-pointers in a 43-24 win over Forest Hills Northern in the district semifinal.

“Kae earned the respect of the league coaches with her instant offense off the bench. Kae was our second leading scorer this season and a true teammate in every sense of the word,” Nichols said. “Kae’s ‘gym rat’ mentality paved the way for her success this past season. I’m hoping that her attitude rubs off on our younger players.”

Nominated, but not selected, were seniors Megan O’Brien, Sam O’Herron and Britta Bernth.

“I was disappointed that we did not end up with at least one more honorable mention player, but it is what it is,” Nichols said.

Greenville’s season ended with a 39-25 loss to Northview in the district final on March 1. Northview lost on Tuesday in the regional semifinal 39-24 to Grandville. Grandville fell to Grand Haven 36-26 in the Thursday’s regional final.

OK Bronze all-conference

First Team
Molly Holtrop    Cedar Springs
Allie Veltkamp    Cedar Springs
Emily Kozal    FHN
Lexi Reininger            FHE
Taylor Baker             Greenville
Leah Somerfield        Greenville
Katelyn Reynolds       Northview
Megan Harkema        W. Catholic

Honorable Mention
Hanna Sprague        FHN
Jessie Fatum            FHE
Kae Page                Greenville
Maggie Tisdale        Northview

Note: Listed by school in alphabetical order.

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