Trio lifts Greenwood to road win
MIDDLEBURG — The Greenwood girls basketball team staked itself to an early lead Monday night and never looked back as the Wildcats earned a 43-24 victory at Midd-West.
The nonleague win improves the Wildcats overall record to 8-2.
“We knew what kind of game we were getting into tonight.” Greenwood coach Jeff Deitz said. “We made good adjustments as the night went on.”
Despite Midd-West’s defense presenting quite a challenge, Greenwood jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter and took an 18-9 lead into the halftime break.
“We played excellent defense again tonight.” Midd-West coach Lisa Wagner said. “We’ve been doing it all year. Our offense just isn’t quite there yet. We played a box-and-one and tried to slow down Kenedy (Stroup) and not let (Alli) Walton take over on the boards. I really thought we played good defense.”
The scheme was something Greenwood had anticipated seeing a bit heading into the game.
“We kind of thought we were going to see some box-and-one.” Deitz said. “We kind of thought we would see them slow us down on offense a little bit. We like to play fast, and they took that away from us. Credit to them.”
The defense was a success, holding the Wildcats to just 18 first-half points, but on the opposite side of the floor, Midd-West had a hard time getting the lid off the basket.
Midd-West was able to get off a staggering 70 shot attempts, but just 10 of them fell.
“It’s great to get that many shots off.” Wagner stated. “However, only making seven percent of those shots hurts quite a bit. We need to do a better job getting our shots off quicker and having confidence when we shoot.”
Midd-West took a step in the right direction offensively as the team turned the ball over just 10 times in the game and only once in the second half.
Midd-West had been averaging 25 turnovers a game going into last night’s tilt with Greenwood.
For the Wildcats, just three players scored points, but all three scored double digits.
Stoup led the way scoring with 19 points, while Walton supplied a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards. Walton grabbed her 10th rebound with 2:46 remaining in the game to officially post the double-double.
Stepping up for the Wildcats was sophomore Alli Crockett.
Crockett picked up 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting from the floor and 4-for-6 shooting from the foul line. Crockett also added five rebounds and a pair of assists.
“Alli Crockettt and Abby Taylor were both really good tonight,” Deitz said. “When the other team is doing stuff off the ball on (Alli Walton) and (Kenedy Stroup) we need Crockettt to step up and she really did tonight. When Crockettt can be our third scorer and be in double digits we’re tough to beat.”
In the second half ,the Greenwood offense picked up the pace. After posting just 18 points in the first half, the Wildcats scored 13 in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth to cement the 19-point victory.
“I really liked the start we got off to in the third quarter.” Deitz said. “We gave up two early buckets but then I don’t think we allowed them to score the rest of the quarter and we were able to get up and down and get the ball inside and out. We wanted to get as many touches to (Alli Walton) in the post as we could.”
Midd-West was led offensively by Rylee Shawver who netted eight points in the losing effort. Alyssa Keister added seven points while Shayla Heckman scored four, Zoe Webb scored three and Gabby Selleck scored two.
Webb led the team with seven rebounds while Shawver, Heckman and Selleck all grabbed six apiece.
“We’re getting there,” Wagner said. “We’ve started out 0-9 and could easily be 8-1 if we could get a few shots to fall. We’ll go back to the drawing board tomorrow and work on it again.”
Midd-West fell to 0-9 and will take on Montoursville Wednesday in Middleburg while Greenwood will face Millersburg (0-10) tonight in Millersburg.
Greenwood 43, Midd-West 24
Kenedy Stroup 5 8-11 19, Alli Walton 7 0-3 14, Alli Crockett 3 4-6 10.
3 point goals: Stroup.
Did not score: Abby Taylor, Ella Brummer, Emilie Brisner
Midd-West: Rylee Shawver 3 2-4 8, Alyssa Keister 3 1-2 7, Shayla Heckman 2 0-0 4, Zoe Webb 1 1-2 3, Gabby Selleck 1 0-0 2.
Did not score: Arianna Rich, Jenna Paige, Alexis Walter.
Score by quarters
Greenwood 12-6-13-12 – 43
Midd-West 6-3-4-11 – 24