JAMESTOWN— With first place on the line, the Greeneview Lady Rams put their stamp on the top of the Ohio Heritage Conference standings.
Greeneview (12-2, 8-0 OHC) hosted the South Charleston Southeastern Trojans (10-3, 6-1 OHC) and sent the once-hopeful conquerers back home defeated by earning a 53-27 victory Thursday night.
The battle to become the OHC’s top team looked as if it was going to be a dog fight, as the two teams came out aggressively in front of a raucous Greeneview crowd.
The first quarter witnessed four lead changes, and Greeneview led 9-8 at the end of the period.
The score would never be that close again.
The Rams capitalized off Southeastern’s shooting woes in the second quarter and built a 23-11 lead at halftime.
Southeastern’s shooting touch faded in the second quarter and the Trojans managed just one basket (a 3-pointer) in the period.
While trailing by double-digits halfway through the third, the Trojans caught a break after the Rams’ leading scorer, Ashton Lovely, was whistled for a technical foul.
Still, with Greeneview’s best player on the bench with four fouls, Southeastern couldn’t seize any momentum, as the Rams showed no letdown.
Greeneview coach Gregg Haines was proud of the way his squad played with Lovely on the bench, as the Rams were led by the inside presence of Sophie Sonneman and the shooting of Kristen Combs.
“I was real proud of the girls. That’s something in the past that’s been an issue,” he said. “The heart and fight of this team showed tonight. Everybody stepped up and it was huge.”
Sonneman scored 13 points and grabbed 19 points, and gave the Rams an inside presence that Southeastern couldn’t match.
Sonneman said it felt good to have a great game on a big stage, as she surpassed her previous total of 15 rebounds in a game.
“It feels really good … It was important (that) I at least try and make my shots and do good for the team and myself,” she said.
Combs led the Rams in scoring and scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half. Lovely added nine to the stat sheet.
Lex Perry led the Trojans with 12.
While first place presently belongs to the Rams, Haines believes his squad has yet to play its best basketball.
“I think we have some moments where we are very complacent and we can take things for granted,” he said. “We’ve been harping on it … We’ve got to fight no matter what and forget the score. You’ve got to make yourself better and be the best you can be and that’s what I hope we start doing. We have some work to do, but we’re moving in the right direction.”