senior Jenna Dowler takes a shot against Piqua Wednesday.
on a shooting clinic, scoring a game high 20 points with
five, three pointers. In
the end, Greenville fell short to the Lady
Indians, 52-47. CNO Photo by George Starks.
Lady Wave upended by
Dowler leads all scorers
By George Starks
GREENVILLE - Greenville senior Jenna Dowler did everything she could to
will a win for Greenville Wednesday.
The Lady Wave point guard scored 20 points with 15 of those points
coming on three point shots. She hit a huge trey at the end of the
third quarter to pull Greenville to within a 34-33 score with eight
minutes remaining in the game. She even hit one of her five treys with
1:24 left in regulation to get the Wave a 45-45 tie.
When the final buzzer sounded, Dowler’s effort wasn’t enough as Piqua
posted a 52-47 victory over Greenville.
“Jenna has stepped her game up.” said Wave coach Dave McFeely. “When
Megan (Galloway) went down, she stepped up and has become the team
leader. Her and Kelsey (Tester) have both stepped up into that
leadership role. Jenna plays exceptionally well and Kelsey gets herself
into foul trouble and digs a hole for herself.”
Greenville led 11-6 and 18-13 after the first two breaks but couldn’t
hold those leads.
“I thought the girls played well but I thought the third quarter bit us
in the butt again,” said McFeely. “We played the whole 32 minutes but
we missed some shots from the free throw line and a lot of shots we
took didn’t fall. We never gave up and I won’t fault them for effort.”
If there has been one thing that has plagued Greenville this season,
it’s been turnovers as Wednesday was no exception. At the half, the
Wave had scored 18 points but committed 14 turnovers, 10 in the second
“Turnovers have hurt us all year because we don’t have a good ball
handling guard,” McFeely said. “Jenna and Haleigh (Luce) do a good job
but they are not point guards. We had kids taking charge tonight and
that has been a huge thing for us. We’ve lost the last two games and
both of those games were winable for us.”
According to Dowler, the loss of Galloway (due to a foot injury) has
been a huge loss to the team.
“As a team, the effort is there but we need help,” Dowler said after
the game. “It’s been tough since Megan got hurt because she was a big
part of our offense and it’s tough not having her.
Helping the team in the leadership role, both Dowler and Tester are
working as a team.
“I think myself and Tester are both trying to take on that leadership
role and I think we are both comfortable in that role,” Dowler said.
“She has done a great job this year and together, we are doing the best
job we can.”
With the OHSAA tournament right around the corner, the challenge is
going to be tough.
“This is going to be tough getting through the rest of the season and
into tournament,” Dowler said. “We have GWOC teams left on the schedule
and I think we can win some with two weeks left on the schedule.”
Saturday, Greenville will travel to Sidney for a 6 p.m. tip against the
Piqua won the junior-varsity game.