The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team began holiday tournament action this past weekend in Ottawa where the Lady Leafs went 1-1 the opening day.

The Geneseo High School girls’ basketball team began holiday tournament action this past weekend in Ottawa where the Lady Leafs went 1-1 the opening day.

Geneseo vs. East Aurora

Struggles on offense and from the foul line resulted in a low scoring game for the Lady Leafs and their first loss in the Ottawa Holiday Tournament to East Aurora, 29-26.    

“I think we were probably a little tired and sluggish,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “When you hold a team to 29 points you think you will win most of the time, but we didn’t shoot the ball well enough and we had several opportunities. We just couldn’t get our shots to fall.”

In the first quarter, both teams had a hard time finding their shot as the quarter ended in a 6-5 score in favor of East Aurora. East Aurora came out in the second quarter and hit 10 points, but still managed to hold Geneseo to single digits with six. East Aurora took the 16-11 lead into halftime.

After the break, Geneseo outscored East Aurora, 7-4, to come within two, 20-18 entering the fourth. In the fourth quarter, East Aurora was able to edge out Geneseo by three, scoring nine points to the Lady Leafs’ eight.

Allison Wiese led the Geneseo offense with a game-high 13 points, hitting two shots from beyond the arc, three field goals and one free throw.

Allie Hudson added six points with two field goals and two free throws, while Maggie Bergeson scored three points on a field goal and a free throw.

Rounding out the effort were Kaci Storm with two points on a field goal and Natalie Witter and Jena Rice with one point apiece, each with a free throw.

Geneseo vs. Pontiac

With a balanced scoring attack, plus three girls scoring in double figures, the Lady Leafs cruised to a 55-37 win over Pontiac Dec. 19 in the opening round of the Ottawa Holiday Tournament.

“We played well enough to win,” said Brucher. “We did some very good things offensively, especially scoring in transition. Defensively, our goal is to hold people under 40 and we did that. This was the first time we played early in the morning and we got out to a good start and they handled it pretty well.”

Geneseo opened the game with a 15-9 lead and went on to knock down 16 points in the second quarter for the 31-20 advantage at the half.

Both teams were held to single digits in the third quarter for a 40-27 score. Geneseo scored nine points to Pontiac’s seven. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Leafs outshot Pontiac 15-10 to secure the win.

Hudson and Devan Griffin paced the Lady Leafs with 11 points each, while Wiese chipped in 10. Hudson and Griffin both hit five shots from the field and one free throw for the day, while Wiese scored her 10 on four field goals and went 2-for-2 from the line.

Rice added six points with three field goals, followed by Keatyn DeGrave with five on one shot from beyond the arc and a field goal.

Others contributing to the win were Witter with four on a field goal and two free throws; Storm, three points with a field goal and a free throw; and Bergeson and Megan Ficken each with two points, both with a field goal.

The Lady Leafs (9-2 overall) will next face Stillman Valley at 9 a.m. Dec. 28 in the Dixon Holiday Tournament.

“With our tournaments it doesn’t matter who we play or when, we have to be ready to play each game,” said Brucher. “It is really good for us to grow as a basketball team.

“We’ve done a good job of being pretty resilient and I am confident we will bounce back. The girls were upset after the game and that is a good sign that they were not happy with how they played and that is encouraging.”