Rebecca Greenwell’s resume’ just goes on an on.
One of the state’s best players since before she was in high school, the Owensboro Catholic star is a top-10 recruit who has signed with Duke, a member of two USA Basketball teams and a McDonald’s All American Game invitee.
“We want to deny her and put a lot of pressure on her, try to make her uncomfortable with the ball,” Lincoln coach Cassandra McWhorter said. “If we can limit her touches, that’ll be half the battle.”
Owensboro Catholic opponents have been trying to do that for years, but this year they are facing a different player, one who has been limited by a knee injury and who has evolved because of it.
“She would tell you she’s at 50 or 60 percent, and I’d probably have to agree with it,” Owensboro Catholic interim coach Michael Robertson said. “She’s not as quick as she was in the past, but she’s gotten a lot better from the outside.”
McWhorter hasn’t seen Greenwell play in person — the senior guard was injured when her team played Lincoln in December — but she sees it, too.
“She seems like she definitely likes to go to her right, and if she gets her feet squared and open on the perimeter, you might as well count it.”
Greenwell came back from a torn knee ligament and the subsequent surgery that forced her to sit out last season, but she has been sidelined twice this year for a total of 12 games, and she’ll have surgery after the season to repair a slight tear to her meniscus.
Robertson said Greenwell is deferring to her teammates more frequently this season, but she still leads the team with 22.3 points — down from 32.6 in her sophomore year — and 8.8 rebounds per game. She is shooting exactly 50 percent overall from the field, 49.6 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent at the free-throw line, leading the Aces in all three categories.
And Robertson said “50 or 60 percent” of her still adds up to a pretty good player.
“I’m not going to trade it for anybody, I’ll tell you that,” Robertson said. “And it’s helped her, because she doesn’t take things for granted like she did in the past. She’s always worked hard, and as good a basketball player as she is, she’s that good a person or better, and this has made her realize how quick basketball can be taken away her.”