Junior Kayla Mobley is fouled while going for a loose ball in Greene County’s conference opener on November 26. The Rams overcame a first half deficit to defeat a much improved Eagle team 49-44.

Greene County girls start season with two wins


Greene County girls basketball team won their season opener over a feisty Saydel team 49-44 on November 26. The Eagles made six of their first 10 shots from the field and took advantage of several Ram turnovers to take an early 13-4 lead. Greene County ended the first half with a better shoot percentage from the field, but they had fewer attempts from the field and the free throw line, so they still trailed 24-19.

The second half The Rams changed their offense, made 10 fewer turnovers, made 10 of their 19 shots from the field, and were successful on 10 of 15 free throws. Coach Chad Morton substituted liberally, so rested players were able to play tenacious defense when they were on the floor. When they were on offense, players were energetic and were either moving with the ball or moving to get open to receive the ball, set a screen, or get the rebound.

Kayla Mobley led the Rams in scoring with 17, while Emily Christensen added 14, and Marissa Promes added seven points all in the second half.  Leading rebounders were Promes with seven, Mobley with six, and Christensen with five. Mobley and Christensen were also each credited with five steals, and Mears caused several Eagle turnovers by swatting the ball away while the opponents were dribbling.

“It was a great first win for us, said head coach Chad Morton. “ Saydel is a much better team than they were last year. I was proud of how the girls fought back after getting down early in the first half. I was also happy with our hustle as a team. I thought it was a team effort, and was glad to see scoring from several girls.”
Morton was also pleased with the enthusiasm of the crowd. “ We had a great student section for the game, said coach Morton. “I think it was the thing that helped us win the game.”

On December 3, the Rams hosted Roland-Story and won 46-32. The Rams only shot 32 percent from the field and 38 percent from the free throw line, but they played excellent defense holding the Norse to 18 percent from the field. Greene County also cut their turnovers down to 13 after having 30 in their first game. Kayla Mobley led the team in scoring with 18 points. Mobley was the only Ram in double figures, but nine other players scored at least one point. Leading rebounders were Hannah Onken and Mobley with 10 each and Jolee Wessling with nine. The Rams have a 2-0 record, and both wins are over conference opponents. “I wasn’t sure how we were going to come out in this game, but I couldn’t have been more pleased,” said coach Morton. “Things just went our way tonight. I saw our girls do new things that we have been working on hard in practice. I think the girls play unselfishly, and it was a real team effort.”

Gr. Co.    8   19   34   49  
Saydel  15    24   33   44
Gr. Co. (49) Scoring- Kayla Mobley 5 6-8 17, Emily Christensen 5 3-4 14, Marissa Promes 3 1-2 7, Jolee Wessling 0 3-4 3. Rebounds- Promes 7, Mobley 6, Christensen 5, Wessling 3. Blocks- Promes 1, Tressa Rasmussen 1. Steals- Christensen 5, Mobley 5, Promes 2, Mears 2. Assists- Mobley 3, Rasmussen 2, Wessling 2. 3-point goals- Mobley 1, Christensen 1.
Saydel (44) Scoring- Cassie Chub 5 4-4 14, Brooklyn Allgood 4 4-5 12, Emma Bowman 2 3-7 7, Jordan Johnson 1 4-6 6, Lizzy Miklus 2 0-0 4, Katelyn McEachron 0 1-1 1.

Gr. Co.   13   25   38   46
R-S          7   18   25   32
Gr. Co. (46) Scoring- Kayla Mobley 9 0-1 18, Emily Christensen 3 0-0 8, Hannah Onken 2 1-3 5, Abby Bravard 2 0-0 4, Stacy Mears 1 0-0 3, Emma Saddoris 1 0-0 2, Thea Ballard 1 0-0 2, Marissa Promes 1 0-0 2, Jolee Wessling 0 1-1 1, Tressa Rasmussen 0 1-2 1. Rebounds- Onken 10, Mobley 10, Wessling 9, Christensen 7, Promes 5, Mears 2, Ballard 2, Allie Stoline 2. Deflections and steals- Christensen 7, Onken 2, Wessling 2, Promes 1, Saddoris 1, Abby Bravard 1, Ballard 1.
R-S (32) Scoring- Natalie Vance 4 2-3 12, Taylor Olson 3 2-2 8, Alexa Whipple 2 2-4 6, Lexi Crutchfield 1 0-0 2, Brittany Hammes 1 0-0 2.

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