Girls varsity basketball preview: Greenville Yellow Jackets


The Lady Rangers finished off their regular season at 13-6 (8-4) with a huge comeback win over rival Forest Hills Northern last Thursday to take second place in the OK White conference. FHC will look to carry that momentum into tomorrow night’s District-opener against 8-9 (4-8) Greenville.

As conference opponents, the Rangers and Yellow Jackets have already played twice this season, where both teams picked up a win to split the series. FHC won the first matchup in early February 53-42 with an all-around team effort, then fell 54-48 on the road to the Yellow Jackets just last week.

In the victory, sophomore Zoe Lipke was a spark for the Rangers in her first game back from a knee injury. This two-year varsity player posted 8 points, a team-high 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. The Rangers saw offensive production from all five starters and into their bench for a solid win.

Last week on the road, FHC couldn’t thaw an ice cold offense for the win. While the Rangers again had dispersed offensive production with four of the starters earning 12, 11, 10, and 9 points respectively, these low offensive numbers are unusual for the Rangers. Greenville came to play and walked away with the 6-point upset on its home court over FHC.

The main threat for the Yellow Jackets is senior guard Adele Kemp, as she posted 26 points in the first matchup and an uncharacteristically low 13 in the second. Sophomore Jenna Caterino had an impressive outing with 17 points to lead the Greenville upset.

In the last game for the Rangers, freshmen Remmie Ingraham and Theryn Hallock and senior Claire Baguley combined for 47 of FHC’s 52 points; the other 5 came from the fourth starter junior Ally Ringler. While these three are typically the leading scorers, if Greenville finds a way to shut them down, Ally and Zoe will need to contribute some points to the starting five, and some offensive production from the bench would certainly help the cause.

Greenville has run a variety of zone defenses against FHC in the two games this season, and the strategy has worked well to shut the Rangers down offensively. If FHC can’t find gaps in the defense, it will be in for a tough offensive night.

The Rangers and Yellow Jackets will tip off at 5:30 at Northview Monday night for win-or-go-home play. FHC has historically played to less than full potential in Northview’s gym, dropping a few nail-biters in recent years. If the Lady Rangers can carry over the teamwork and offensive production from Thursday’s win over Northern, look for them to win tomorrow’s game and advance in District play.