Greenville girls basketball remains perfect in conference

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:42 am on Thursday, February 06, 2014

GREENVILLE — The Greenville girls basketball team is in a stretch of five games in nine days.

The Yellow Jackets won game one with a 49-40 win at home against Lowell on Monday. Greenville added another win on Tuesday with a 50-31 O-K Bronze win at home against Grand Rapids West Catholic.

Greenville was never really challenged in the game as they beat the Falcons for the second time to improve to 5-0 in the league (11-2 overall).

“We talked to the girls about getting in position to get into position,” Greenville coach Eric Nichols said. “I thought we took that step tonight. I though we took care of business.”

Getting into position for another conference title, that is. A year ago, Greenville took home a league title for the first time since 1990. They are in prime position to do so again this season.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 9-1 advantage in the first quarter. West Catholic found some footing and finished the quarter down just 11-8.

That would be closest the Falcons would get again.

“I thought we executed on the floor really well,” Greenville senior Leah Somerfield said. “We played with intensity and everyone played really well tonight.”

Somerfield scored a game-high 14 points to go along with 12 rebounds. She scored six points in the second quarter as Greenville opened a 24-13 halftime lead.

“Our ball movement was good,” Nichols said. “I thought Mackenzie Bell did a good job running the show tonight. We talk about if we share the sugar (ball) we are fun to watch.”

Greenville blew the game open with a quick start in the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets had six players score in the quarter and outscored the Falcons 19-4.

Nichols was able to rest his starters midway through the third quarter.

“I was happy with the fact we got a lot of court time for some of the kids that haven’t played a lot,” Nichols said. “I thought Neah Bremby did a great job and Liz Lefor was able to get teammates open and was very impressive tonight.

“Danata Paulino did a great job of running the show when she got on the floor. She played good,” he added.

Landon Kemp added 10 points and three steals for Greenville. Kylee Moody and Nikota Howe each had six points. Bell had four steals.

West Catholic outscored Greenville 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

Brooke Wila led the Falcons with 12 points.

“I thought this was our best defensive effort,” Nichols said. “I didn’t think we were very good on Monday, but we were just the opposite tonight. I thought we were very good.”

Greenville has completed the first two of five games in nine days. They will play road games on Friday at Forest Hills Northern and Saturday at Northview. Both are conference games.

“It is what it is. There is nothing we can do about,” Nichols said. “Mother Nature rules. We’ve talked about it and we are not going to make any excuses. We will go to Forest Hills Northern and worry about that game first.”


West Catholic 8 5 4 14 — 31

Greenville 11 13 19 7 — 50

WEST CATHOLIC (3-11, 0-5) — Long, 1 0-0 3, Golembiewski 2 0-0 6, Staskiewicz 1 0-0 2, Wila 3 5-7 12, O’Brien 2 0-0 5, Stornant 1 0-0 2, Mason 0 1-2 1. Totals: 10 6-9 31. Three-point goals: Golembiewski 2, Long, Wila, O’Brien. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.

GREENVILLE (11-2, 5-0) — Moody 3 0-0 6, Sorsen 0 1-2 1, Bradford 1 0-2 2, Paulino 1 0-0 3, Kemp 4 1-2 10, Bremby 2 0-2 4, Howe 3 0-0 6, Somerfield 7 0-2 14, Hallock 2 0-2 4. Totals: 23 2-12 50. Three-point goals: Paulino, Kemp. Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.

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