Sarcoxie, on the other hand, played a more cautious game from the start but could not find itself offensively. Their leading scorer, Megan Meyer, finished with a respectable 14 points, but otherwise scoring was hard to come by for Sarcoxie.
“We just jumped in that little trap, that half-trap, and that was maybe the piece that gave us the spread,” said Greenwood’s 10-year head coach, Kent Hedgpeth. “Then they tried to come back, but we weathered it.”
Although Sarcoxie trailed Greenwood the whole game, the first two quarters were close with neither team taking a definitive lead. Then, in the third quarter, the Greenwood defense started playing for more turnovers and this translated into more opportunities for their offensive talent like Nau.
“[Nau] is our go to player; she’s got the most experience on the floor and she did what she’s got to do for us. She’s got to make a couple 3s and handle the ball and right there, where they made that little [comeback] run, she’s the player that’s got to settle the group down.”
Nau is a three-year starter for the Lady Jays and is the team’s only returning player with a substantial amount of varsity experience. She was an organizing force for Greenwood in tonight’s game and was the game’s leading scorer.
Taking a timeout to recoup during Greenwood’s third quarter streak, the Sarcoxie team found their footing again and closed the gap, bringing the third quarter score to 28-20.
In the fourth quarter, however, Nau led her teammates, along with Garrison and Courtney Whitlock (7 points), to dominate offensively; they finessed a couple three pointers in, and both Nau and Whitlock blasted through the Sarcoxie defense to place a few good layups in the hoop.
“Courtney is just kind of a spark plug. She plays really hard, she’s scrapy, and if she gets to the basket, she usually does a good job,” said Hedgpeth. “Garrison, for her first varsity game, did a really nice job… she had a couple of 3-point shots.”
Greenwood now stands at 1-0 for the season while Sarcoxie will have to look elsewhere for their first win.
Greenwood 47, Sarcoxie 34