JAMESTOWN — A day after learning of their no. 2 seed in the upcoming Division III girls sectional basketball tournament, Greeneview played up to the hype with a convincing 75-38 win, Monday night over Ohio Heritage Conference rival Cedarville.
Greeneview coach Gregg Haines understandably felt pretty good about the way his team played, during their final home game of the 2013-‘14 season. His sharpshooter — senior Ashton Lovely — was as sharp as ever, scoring a game-high 30 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. All but one of Lovely’s supporting cast scored at least a point in the win.
“It was good to get everybody some playing minutes, especially our seniors, as this was their last home game,” Haines said. “It’s good to see that everybody can contribute.”
Sophie Sonneman tossed in a dozen points with eight rebounds for the Rams, Kristen Combs and Alexandra Rice both scored seven points and Sydnie Sonneman added six for Greeneview.
Cedarville coach Ralph E. Grant knew going in, that his team would be facing a scoring buzz saw in Greeneview (17-2), but he was pleased with the way his Indians team played. Cedarville (7-13) is the eighth seed in the Division IV sectional tourney.
“That first half was definitely better. We moved the ball and made them play some defense, and we scored some points,” Grant said. “We had some turnovers, and we could’ve had a few more offensive rebounds that might’ve kept us even closer, but that’s a really good Greeneview team over there.
“We’ve been playing a lot better this month. We had one stinker recently (a loss to Mechanicsburg), but I think the girls are playing a lot better now. I truly believe that we can get into the postseason and win a game or two, maybe even more.”
Hayley Melton led the Indians with a 10-point game while Ellie Sizer finished with eight points and Hannah Grant added six in Monday’s loss.
“Coach Grant does a great job. The Melton girl is a very good player, and his kids played really hard. They’re a lot better than the first time we played them. They’re a good, young team,” Haines said of Cedarville.
The Indians led the game 3-0 early on. Sizer hit a foul shot and Helton drained a left-side jumper to put Cedarville out in front, but then Ashton Lovely did what Ashton Lovely has done all her career.
After Alexandra Rice tied the game with a three pointer, then Lovely scored 14 points over the next four minutes — with four 3-pointers and a two-point bucket — to give Greeneview the lead for good.
“Once she starts hitting threes like that, you just can’t stop her,” Haines said.
As long as the impending weather somehow manages to stay away, Greeneview has another test before the post season starts. They travel to Clarksville on Wednesday to play Clinton-Massie, the state’s third-ranked team in Division II.
“We really want to get that game in. Massie’s no. 3 in the state, … we want to play ‘em. We want to see how we match up with them,” Haines said.