GREEN: Every good team is bound to win a game or two ugly during its season.
The host Green girls basketball team did just that Wednesday night by earning a 62-59 victory over feisty Highland in a Suburban League game.
Junior Julia Guyton led Green (5-0, 1-0) with 21 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore teammate Madison Jackson finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Highland (2-2, 0-1) led 15-14 following one quarter, but was unable to hold it after Guyton and Jackson asserted themselves in the remaining three quarters.
“It was a tough game,” Green coach Tracy Miller said. “My hat goes off to Highland. They are very well coached and they have good, hard-working players. We respect anyone who comes in here. We won the game, but it was one of our sloppier games out of the five.”
Sophomore Marlee Profitt paced the Hornets with 23 points. Senior Anna Rose Wiencek scored 18 points and senior Haley Unaitis chipped in eight points. Profitt’s final basket was a 3-pointer from half court as the buzzer sounded to end the game.
“I am proud of our team for getting the win, but this was a game we needed to play better,” Guyton said. “We need to play more fundamental and stronger, but we are 5-0 and that feels good.”
Guyton said a win over Wooster at Walsh University on Saturday was Green’s best showing.
“We played so much better against Wooster compared to today,” Guyton said. “I know going in on Saturday at Wadsworth that if we play how we did against Wooster we definitely have a chance to win.”
Guyton, Jackson and junior McKenzie Black combined to score all of the Bulldogs’ 30 points in the second half Wednesday. Junior Liz Giles scored 10 points in the first half.
“A win is a win, but fundamentally we did not play our strongest game,” Jackson said. “We definitely need to play more physical. Their post was really physical and I don’t think we played physical enough with the girl [Profitt].”
Miller said juniors Guyton, Black and Tarah McCausland lead along with sophomores Jackson and Lilly Carson.
“We have no seniors this year,” Miller said. “Our veterans are our juniors. They hold us together quite a bit.
“We have been running up-tempo and trying to full-court press some teams. We are small, so we have to keep up the pressure full court.”
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