By Nick Dudukovich Special Correspondent
December 20, 2013
JAMESTOWN — It’s no secret around the Ohio Heritage Conference: Greeneview guard Ashton Lovely is a difference maker on the basketball court.
But when the senior’s talents are paired with big contributions from her teammates, the Lady Rams become hard to stop.
That’s what Mechanicsburg found out during Greeneview’s 62-35 home victory, Thursday night.
Lovely was her usual stellar-self, scoring 16 points, but she also got help from different spots on the floor.
Forward Sophie Sonneman also added 16, while guard Kristen Combs scored 10, to give the Lady Rams three players with double-digit scoring totals.
Greeneview coach Gregg Haines knows when scoring is spread around, his team can take its game to another level.
“When those other people are getting involved, we’re going to be tough to beat,” he said.
Greeneview commanded the tempo and pace of the entire contest, and took a 16-point lead into halftime.
When play resumed in the third quarter, Mechanicsburg forced a number of low-percentage, long-range shots, and mustered just six points in the period.
“I thought they did a nice job (on defense),” said Mechanicsburg coach Christie Dodane. “Our goal was to make each trip count…and we didn’t do that. We came out and were still anxious on our end and I don’t think we did a good job of working the ball to get a good shot.”
Greeneview’s ability to stifle Mechanicsburg’s offense was a welcomed improvement to Haines.
“That’s what we’ve been preaching,” he said. “We had a couple lapses early on in the season against good teams,” he said. “We’re playing strictly man-to-man, we’re getting our rotations down and the girls are playing hard.”
While the Indians struggled in the third, Greeneview continued to roll with a spark from freshman Sydnie Sonneman, who helped the Lady Rams extend their lead to 20. The younger Sonneman ended her night with eight points.
While the season is still young, the conference triumph was welcomed by Haines.
“It was a huge win because I think it’s going to be between us, Mechanicsburg, Southeastern and Triad,” Haines said. “I think Mechanicsburg is one of the better teams in the league, so to get a win like this, I know it’s on our home court, but it’s good to get this win and take the lead in the league.”
Mechanicsburg’s scoring came from Libby Huffman, Jamie Dodane, and Mackenzie Merrit. All scored eight points.
In victory, Greenview improved to 5-2 and 3-0 in league play, while Mechanicsburg fell to 4-1, 1-1, according to Maxpreps.com.