The Greenon women’s basketball team entered the week with two slightly easier match-ups against local rivals before a de-facto championship game against Graham. Unfortunately, the game against Graham was postponed due to the winter weather.
The Knights traveled to Shawnee on Wednesday, January 22 and then hosted Springfield the next day. Greenon came into the week at (8-5) overall and (6-1) in Mad River Division play.
Greenon steadily outplayed Shawnee throughout the contest, taking a 28-22 lead into halftime. But, the Knights turned the defensive pressure up in the second half and really began to pull away. The Lady Knights only surrendered 15 total points in the second half, to pull away for a 55-37 victory.
Taylor Burson led Greenon with 15 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Fellow junior Brittany Kozak was also a force in the paint, adding eight points, eight rebounds and two steals. Senior Lianne Masquelier was her usual force at the point guard spot, with six points, six steals and five assists.
Senior Jenn Miller added seven points and four assists at shooting guard. Senior Brooke Robinson led the Knights off the bench with seven points, followed by sophomore Darian Patterson with five points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sidney Richards, Lydia Newton and Harley Larson all also scored for Greenon, with three, two and two points, respectively.
Greenon easily dominated Division I Springfield, as the Lady Knights raced to a 21-2 lead by the end of the first quarter of play. The game presented a nice opportunity to get some other players a bit more playing time, while the starters still dominated like usual. Greenon ended up winning 50-27, in a game that was all but decided in the first quarter.
Burson recorded another double-double against Springfield, with 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Masquelier had an excellent all-around game, with 12 points, seven assists, seven steals and five rebounds. Larson had a career game, with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Miller added seven points and five rebounds. Robinson and Kozak both added four points, with Newton also scoring two.
The Lady Knights have a big week ahead of them, with matchups against West Liberty Salem, Tecumseh and Urbana. Tecumseh enters the game at (12-4) overall and ranked fourth in the Springfield News Sun’s Area Division I rankings. Greenon lost to Tecumseh 62-44 last season, and will need a strong showing to upset the third place team in the Kenton Trail Division. The Knights opened the season with a 59-46 victory over Urbana, traditionally one of the best programs in the division. Greenon defeated West Liberty 52-33 last year, and should have an easy time against the (1-13) Tigers.