It has been an eventful, if not inconsistent, past week for the Greenon women’s basketball team. The team entered the week in sole possession of first place in the Mad River Division of the Central Buckeye Conference. The Lady Knights came into the week at (5-3) overall and (3-0) in the division. Greenon traveled to Benjamin Logan on December 28, and then hosted Northwestern on January 4.
Greenon started the game against Benjamin Logan on a bit of a sluggish note, trailing 11-8 at the end of the first quarter. The team’s defense picked it up a bit in the second quarter, but the offense still couldn’t get on track, and trailed 19-15 at the end of the first half. But, the Lady Knights showed immense improvement on the offensive end in the third quarter, scoring 18 to tie the game at 33-33. However, Benjamin Logan just made a few more plays than Greenon in the final quarter, pulling away for a 46-41 victory. The Lady Knights responded to defeat Northwestern the next weekend, leading 22-18 at the half and winning 45-38.
Against Benjamin Logan, Burson led Greenon with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Senior Brooke Robinson provided a great scoring punch off the bench with 10 points to go along with four rebounds. Senior Lianne Masquelier did an excellent job of efficiently running the offense, as she scored nine points, grabbed six steals and dished five assists, all while committing zero turnovers. Junior Brittany Kozak scored four points, snagged five rebounds and added two steals, followed by senior Jenn Miller with four points and three assists. Juniors Sidney Richards and Lydia Newton each recorded two rebounds, with senior Harley Larson also coming down with a board.
In the win over Northwestern, Burson continued her dominating play of late, scoring 20 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and swatting a whopping six shots. This was good for Burson’s third double-double in as many games, and her fourth of the season. Masquelier also was outstanding, as she added 17 points, five assists and five steals in the win. Kozak was also important inside, as she grabbed 10 rebounds, dished four assists, added two steals and scored two points. Miller added two points, two assists and two rebounds, followed by Robinson with four points, three assists and three boards. Richards also chipped in two assists and two steals.
Burson is currently fourth in the Central Buckeye Conference in rebounding, second in offensive rebounding and first in blocked shots, along with placing seventh in the Mad River Division in scoring. Masquelier is first in the conference in steals per game, second in assists, as well as placing first in the division in assist-to-turnover ratio and fourth in points per game.
Greenon’s game on Monday, January 6 against West Liberty Salem was postponed due to winter weather. The Lady Knights will have a chance at redemption when they host Benjamin Logan on Saturday, January 11.