Girls Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
Columbus East’s Koryn Greiwe shoots against East Central in the first round of the East Central girls basketball sectional, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic
A late-June flood caused water damage to both gym floors at Columbus East and effectively ended the Olympian girls basketball team’s summer season a week early.
But if any team didn’t need the entire month of June, when coaches were permitted to work with their players in practice and game settings, it was East. The Olympians could return their entire varsity roster from a team that finished 14-6 and went undefeated in winning the Hoosier Hills Conference title last season.
“We basically took what we did in 2020 and what we did in June of last year and took that into the season and did a good job,” East coach Danny Brown said.
The Olympians played only three games this June and practiced the rest of the time.
“We got a lot of stuff done,” Brown said. “We were working on press and different aspects of the offense and defensively, things that we used to do. The goal was just to get better so that when the season starts and we get everybody back together, we’ll hit the ground running. We have to take that opportunity when you have your whole team together. We kind of learned from that.”
East made the most of the three games it did play. The Olympians beat Providence by 30 points, beat Charlestown by 13 and trounced Lawrenceburg by 47.
East jumped out to leads of 27-2 against Charlestown and 24-0 against Lawrenceburg. The JV also went 3-0.
“We found out a lot about ourselves,” Brown said. “We had tremendous starts. You want to get everybody a lot of time. You usually don’t press a lot during the summer because if you go to camps and you’re playing three or four times a day, you want to rest them a little bit. But we were working on it, so we did used a little bit, and it worked out well for us.”
The Olympians are led by senior point guard Koryn Greiwe, a three-time The Republic Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Senior guard Albany Speer, junior forwards Leah Bachmann and Saige Stahl and senior Harley Gant were the other starters in the three games.
Senior Kaitlyn Carothers and juniors Emma Jenkins, Maeleigh Roberts and Allison Craig also saw plenty of action last season and sophomore Jenna Guse is up from the JV. Juniors Heidi Murphy and Brielle Stevens also have played some varsity in the winter and this summer.
“We’re excited,” Brown said. “It’s a talented, unselfish group that wants to play together and wants to win. They’re hard workers and have great chemistry right now. They really work well together.”
One big question mark East has had this summer is whether two-year starting center Gabby Dean will return. The 6-foot-4 junior and high-level Division I volleyball prospect has played exclusively volleyball this summer and is undecided on whether she will continue playing basketball.
With or without Dean, the Olympians will go into next season with an abundance of experience.
“They’ve gained some valuable experience with the schedule they played last year and with what we’re going to play this year,” Brown said. “Expectations are pretty high, and we hope to meet the challenges ahead.”